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'Solo' Isn't Flying So High, Delivering Soft Memorial Day Weekend Debut

'Solo' Isn't Flying So High, Delivering Soft Memorial Day Weekend Debut
Disney and Lucasfilms's Solo: A Star Wars Story topped the Memorial Day holiday weekend box office, but the film fell well short of expectations, raising a few valid questions. Was it too soon to release another Star Wars movie five months after the last installment and was the competition just too stiff from the likes of Deadpool 2 and Disney's own Avengers: Infinity War? With an estimated $83.3 million over the three-day weekend, Solo: A Star Wars Story is the weekend's #1 film and while Disney is currently anticipating a $101 million, the question remains as to whether it will be able to bring in enough to reach $100 million over the four-day holiday frame. Disney entered the weekend projecting a performance anywhere from $130-150 million for the four-day weekend and with a reported $300 million price tag before prints and advertising this weekend's performance is extremely disappointing. While competition from Deadpool 2 and
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Denis Villeneuve Confirms 'Dune' Will Be Released in Two Parts

Denis Villeneuve Confirms 'Dune' Will Be Released in Two Parts
Esteemed Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has quickly shot up the ranks of Hollywood’s top-shelf directors. While “Blade Runner 2049” wasn’t a box office hit, unable to earn even $100 million domestically, it was well respected, earning five Oscar nominations and two wins including the overdue statue for legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins. The movie earned the already-prized director clout, and he’s using it to make his “dream project,” an adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s classic science fiction novel ‘Dune,” which was made into a film by David Lynch back in 1984 (arguably his first and only misstep).
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Emilia Clarke Says Ron Howard ‘Saved’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Emilia Clarke Says Ron Howard ‘Saved’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Other than Phil Lord and Chris Miller, everyone involved with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” seems pretty happy that Ron Howard ended up directing the film. That includes Emilia Clarke, who says the Oscar-winning filmmaker “saved” the production in her Vanity Fair cover story: “All hail to Kathy [Kennedy] for hiring Ron.”

She also includes what may be a subtle dig at her former directors: “I struggled with Qi’ra quite a lot,” Clarke says of her character. “I was like: ‘Y’all need to stop telling me that she’s ‘film noir,’ because that ain’t a note.’” One might reasonably assume that the “y’all” in question are Lord and Miller.

“When it comes to that amount of money, you’re almost waiting for that to happen,” Clarke adds of what went down. “Money fucks us all up, doesn’t it? There’s so much pressure. Han Solo is a really beloved character.
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Stumbles Overseas With $65 Million Launch

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Stumbles Overseas With $65 Million Launch
Solo: A Star Wars Story” is struggling in a galaxy not so far away.

The Han Solo origin film began its international run with a dismal $65 million this weekend. Its three-day domestic total of $84 million and four-day estimate of $101 million would bring “Solo’s” worldwide launch to $148 million.

“Solo” is currently tracking the lowest opening for a “Star Wars” movie. The most recent “Star Wars” installment, “The Last Jedi,” opened internationally in December 2017 with $230 million and went on to generate $712 million overseas. “Rogue One” — the first standalone “Star Wars” anthology film — debuted in 2016 with an international total of $134 million. It ultimately earned $523 million overseas.
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Christopher Nolan Calls Stanley Kubrick the Greatest Filmmaker in the History of Film

Christopher Nolan Calls Stanley Kubrick the Greatest Filmmaker in the History of Film
As you may have noticed over the last few months, Christopher Nolan is pretty into “2001: A Space Odyssey.” He presented an unrestored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi benchmark at Cannes ahead of its recent theatrical release, and more recently appeared on the Treatment podcast to discuss his love of the film itself and film in general, describing celluloid and the photochemical process as “the best analogy for the way the eye sees that’s been invented.”

“There’s a depth to the color, there’s a superiority to the resolution, there’s a depth to the blacks, the contrasts, everything. I mean, there are all kinds of things that digital technology can’t duplicate,” Nolan adds.

“It can do its own version and all that, and there are a lot of filmmakers who respond really well to that and really enjoy that version of imaging, but it’s different.
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China Box Office: 'Solo' Bombs With Third-Place $10.1M Opening

China Box Office: 'Solo' Bombs With Third-Place $10.1M Opening
The Millennium Falcon just malfunctioned and crashed to earth somewhere in China.

Putting in one of the worst opening-weekend performances of any Hollywood tentpole of recent memory, Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story earned just $10.1 million in its first frame in China, according to early estimates from ticketing app Maoyan.

The sputtering start left the Han Solo origin story lagging in a distant third place behind two holdovers. Chinese romantic comedy How Long Will I Love U dominated with $25 million in its second weekend, while Avengers: Infinity War similarly trounced its fellow Disney title, earning ...
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Box Office Breakouts ‘Rbg’ and ‘First Reformed’ Hold Strong

Box Office Breakouts ‘Rbg’ and ‘First Reformed’ Hold Strong
Yet another fashion designer documentary, “The Gospel According to Andre” (Magnolia), stood out among new specialized releases. While Memorial Day Weekend will occasionally launch a major platform release like Terence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” a few years ago, this year’s holiday weekend maintained the norm.

Nonetheless specialized audiences are still searching out top films like Magnolia’s Top Ten $5-million breakout “Rbg,” about the octogenarian Supreme Court justice, which continues to thrive at over 400 theaters. Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” (A24) found more interest in its second weekend in a top city expansion as it goes full steam ahead.
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Concert Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets Adoring Tribute at Hollywood Bowl

Concert Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets Adoring Tribute at Hollywood Bowl
Is “Beauty and the Beast” dated? A little bit, if only when pitted against contemporary ethics. As the original, animated version of the film unspooled at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night in a combination of screening and all-star live musical performance, it was clear that a few of the moral lessons imparted in 1991 seem slightly out of step with the mores of 2018.

The concept of captivity as a breeding ground for romance seems ripe for a #BelleToo response. And however eagerly we await the beast’s screen redemption, surely all the psychological think-pieces of the last few years have disabused us of believing clinical narcissism is even remotely a curable condition. As for the idea that the west wing is the most treacherous place a person could venture… well, okay, that one still holds.

But the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken could sell us on anything, and
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Paz de la Huerta ‘Couldn’t Stop Crying’ After Harvey Weinstein Was Arrested Yesterday

Paz de la Huerta ‘Couldn’t Stop Crying’ After Harvey Weinstein Was Arrested Yesterday
Paz de la Huerta, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her twice in 2010, had an understandably emotional reaction to news of the disgraced former mogul’s arrest yesterday: tears. “I just felt extremely emotional today,” the actress tells Vanity Fair in an interview. “I couldn’t stop crying. I don’t know why. It should be a day of celebration, but I feel melancholic about it all.”

De la Huerta currently lives in France, but plans to return to New York in order to be interviewed by prosecutors. “Anything that will put him in jail will make me happy, but it’s important to me that my voice is heard. I’m happy we’re closer to justice. But I feel my case is being overlooked and not taken as seriously, and that upsets me,” she adds.

“It’s complicated. Part of me is very happy, and part of me is sad.
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The Path Forward for 'Star Wars' After 'Solo'

The Path Forward for 'Star Wars' After 'Solo'
The galaxy far, far way is feeling closer and closer. This weekend’s release of Solo: A Star Wars Story gives audiences a new Star Wars film just a mere five months after the previous entry, The Last Jedi. What once seemed like limited events are now commonalities as the episodic Star Wars films have given way to Star Wars stories, spinoffs that flesh out the moments in between episodes. There’s nothing wrong with more Star Wars. In fact, with all of the capes and costumes that dominate the box office, it’s refreshing to have something a bit different in the form of ...
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Woody Harrelson Is Not the Typical 'Star Wars' Mentor

Woody Harrelson Is Not the Typical 'Star Wars' Mentor
[This story contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story]

Solo: A Star Wars Story holds an interesting position on the border between familiar, well-known territory and a brave new world, as the first film in the franchise not to feature any members of the Skywalker family. While Solo is easily the installment least interested in exploring the nature of the Force, there are other ways in which the film sticks closely to tried and true Star Wars narrative formulas. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the character of Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Ever since the very beginning, with Leia’s (Carrie ...
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Ashley Judd Calls Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest a ‘Watershed Event’ for the #MeToo Era

Ashley Judd Calls Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest a ‘Watershed Event’ for the #MeToo Era
Ashley Judd, one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, has called his arrest both “resoundingly significant” and “a watershed event.” Judd sued Weinstein for sexual harassment and defamation earlier this month, alleging that he referred to her as “a nightmare” to work with and prevented her from being cast in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

“That Harvey Weinstein, a powerful man who thrived and flourished as he shattered and abused women in a culture of impunity was arrested and charged is resoundingly significant,” Judd wrote in a pair of tweets.

“It is a watershed event, an irreversible pivot away from tacit and explicit license to exploit to clarity about unacceptable behavior no longer being tolerated. Today, these images of Harvey in handcuffs are possible because of the voices, backbone, & determination, in spite of the unknown & retaliation, demonstrated by survivors & the journalists who reported our stories.
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Stalls With $65M Overseas Bow; What Clipped The Falcon’s Wings? – International Box Office

Update, Writethru: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story grossed an estimated $65M in its international box office bow this weekend. The Millennium Falcon has been through some tough space battles before, but this is a very disappointing result for the film that’s been decently received by critics and offers its share of fun summer popcorn action. The 3-day estimate is far below industry projections and the global 3-day launch totals $148.3M. Contrary to most event…
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‘Hair Live!’ Will Be NBC’s Next Live Musical

NBC got its first taste of glam rock musicals with the critically acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert earlier this year, and now it’s caught the rock musical bug. The network announced that its next live musical will be the original rock musical, Hair. Hair Live! is the title of NBC’s next live musical, following […]

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‘King Lear’ Trailer: Anthony Hopkins Brings the Doomed King Back to the Screen for BBC

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‘King Lear’ Trailer: Anthony Hopkins Brings the Doomed King Back to the Screen for BBC
Nothing can come of nothing, but much can come of Shakespeare. Anthony Hopkins plays the doomed monarch in the latest adaptation of “King Lear,” which comes to BBC Two tomorrow before Amazon brings it to this side of the pond. “Iris” and “Notes on a Scandal” helmer adapted and directed. Watch the trailer below.

Here’s the synopsis, which gives away a great deal for those who aren’t familiar with the Bard’s tragedy: “The 80-year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, according to their affection for him. Cordelia refuses to flatter him, so he banishes her. Having acquired power, Goneril and Regan expel their father from their homes. At the same time, Lear’s prime minister, Gloucester, is betrayed by his son Edmund and his other son, Edgar, is forced to go into hiding. Lear becomes mad, Gloucester is blinded: both the
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Star Wars Bits: ‘Solo’ Arrives, Rian Johnson Answers Questions, The Cast on the Press Trail & More

Star Wars Bits: ‘Solo’ Arrives, Rian Johnson Answers Questions, The Cast on the Press Trail & More
In this edition of Star Wars Bits… A standing ovation for Solo: A Star Wars Story A lot more information about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge A very exciting expanded universe character becomes canon again A secret tour around Lando Calrissian’s Millennium Falcon And much much more… Ron Howard receives a standing ovation. #Solo #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/75xUmhPnC8 […]

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‘The Gospel According To André’ Tops Slow Holiday Weekend; ‘Pope Francis’ Crosses $1M: Specialty Box Office

Updated at 12Pm Pt with more numbers and analysis. Three-day numbers were being reported sporadically in the early part of Sunday ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. Tops among specialty newcomers based on these early returns is Magnolia's new documentary, The Gospel According to André, which posted the best per-theater average. The Kate Novack-directed portrait of André Leon Talley, who is known for his long tenure as a Vogue editor and fashion-world tastemaker, grossed…
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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' scores seventh highest Memorial Day bow

Result pushes Disney past $4bn in global grosses in 2018 so far.

Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story stumbled on an estimated $83.3m over three days and is projected to deliver $101m over four in what will rank as the seventh highest four-day Memorial Weekend bow and falls well below early studio estimates.

Disney executives reminded reporters on Sunday that the four-day projection equates to the highest Memorial Day debut in four years, however this will be scant consolation for a spin-off saga that was initially projected to earn between $130m and $150m.

As the inquest into why the sci-fi
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‘Black Beauty’ Remake Will Bring the Classic Story Into Modern Day

Anna Sewell’s 1877 novel Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books ever, and there have already been a half-dozen film adaptations of the story. But now a new Black Beauty remake is in the works, and this modern reimagining will update the story’s setting to modern day. Sewell’s Black Beauty is told from the […]

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Crashes At The Box Office; Barely Hits $100 Million With 4-Day Figures

The hyperdrive is shot, the shields are down, and no one is making the jump to lightspeed: Lucasfilm just took the first significant hit of its Disney era. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” failed to launch at the box office this Memorial Day weekend, and arguably just crash landed in the ugliest fashion. The new “Star Wars” prequel barely cracked $101 million over the four-day weekend, grossing $83 million over three days.
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