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Jennifer Lopez Reteams With STXfilms on Romantic-Comedy Co-Starring Owen Wilson

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Jennifer Lopez Reteams With STXfilms on Romantic-Comedy Co-Starring Owen Wilson
Jennifer Lopez is reteaming with STXfilms on the upcoming romantic-comedy “Marry Me.”

Kat Coiro is directing the film and Owen Wilson is in final negotiations to join the pic, which will likely shoot this fall. The script was written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill.

Lopez and Wilson both appeared in 1997’s actioner “Anaconda.”

The movie will mark the third collaboration between STX, Lopez and producers Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina following 2018’s “Second Act” and the upcoming “Hustlers,” which is currently in production. The film was originally set up at Universal.

The movie is based on a graphic novel by Bobby Crosby and centers on a pop star (Lopez), who, moments before marrying her rockstar fiance at Madison Square Garden, finds out that he cheated on her with her assistant. She breaks down on stage and picks a random man (Wilson) out of the crowd to marry instead.
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Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch

Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch
Popcorn season is upon us, and it’ll be up to comic-book heroes, a wise-cracking genie, and a lion who would be king to ensure movie theaters are still the hottest place to spend the summer.

Last summer, blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Ocean’s 8,” and “The Meg” drove moviegoers to their local multiplex in record numbers. This year could be equally impressive. At the very least, Disney will be a force to be reckoned with as the studio unveils highly anticipated titles, including “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King,” and “Toy Story 4.”

As the dog days approach, Variety took a look five weekends that should have the summer box office sizzling.

April 26: “Avengers: Endgame

Summer is getting off to an earlier start with “Avengers: Endgame” debuting at the end of April, and Marvel’s epic superhero mashup couldn’t arrive at a better time.
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Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Its Lineup

Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Its Lineup
Lorcan Finnegan’s science-fiction thriller “Vivarium” with Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, Jérémy Clapin’s fantasy-filled animated feature “I Lost My Body,” and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic drama “A White, White Day” are among the 11 films set to compete at Critics’ Week, the section dedicated to first and second films that runs parallel with the Cannes Film Festival.

Vivarium,” described by Critics’ Week’s artistic director Charles Tesson as reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone” and “The Truman Show,” follows a young couple (Eisenberg and Poots) who have just moved into a new housing development and find themselves in a maze of identical homes and a surreal world.

“A White, White Day” marks Pálmason’s follow up to his 2017 feature debut, “Winter Brothers,” which won three prizes at Locarno and played at a flurry of festivals. “A White, White Day” stars Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as
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China Box Office: ‘Wonder Park’ Fails to Impress While ‘P Storm’ Rages On

China Box Office: ‘Wonder Park’ Fails to Impress While ‘P Storm’ Rages On
Even on one of the quietest weekends of the year, new U.S. animated release “Wonder Park” failed to inspire Chinese audiences as much as Hong Kong and Indian movies already in their third weekend in theaters.

Starring the voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, and Ken Jeong, among many others, the film tells the story of a young girl who has adventures when the amusement park she thought only existed in her imagination comes to life. It is the directorial debut of Dylan Brown, an animator who had worked on films like “Monsters Inc.,” but who was fired by Paramount in January 2018 due to allegations of inappropriate conduct with women and is thus uncredited.

Wonder Park” came in third with just a $3.3 million debut weekend, according to figures from consultancy Artisan Gateway. The film opened March 15 in the U.S.

With movie choices made up of holdovers and weak new releases,
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Cannes Festival: Media Luna Takes ‘We Had It Coming,’ ‘The Friendly Man’ (Exclusive)

In the run-up to next month’s Cannes Festival, Cologne-based Media Luna New Films has acquired international rights to “We Had It Coming,” starring Natalie Krill and Brazil’s “The Friendly Man,” one of the standouts at Ventana Sur’s strong Copia Final showcase of near-finished Latin American movies.

MK2 Mile End will distribute “We Had It Coming” in Canada; O2 Play, the theatrical, TV and DVD distribution company of Fernando Mereilles’ O2 Filmes production house, will release “The Friendly Man,” now in advanced post-production, in Brazil.

Media Luna will introduce both titles to buyers at next month’s Cannes Film Market.

“We Had It Coming,” the English-language debut of Montreal based Paul Barbeau, and “The Friendly Man,” with Brazilian rock star Paulo Miklos as its male lead, tackle issues which are liable of becoming trending topics at this year’s Cannes Film Market: Women fighting back; men questioning their
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Make Emotional Speeches at Historic Marvel Premiere

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Make Emotional Speeches at Historic Marvel Premiere
If more than twenty worldwide blockbusters over ten years sounds like a big undertaking, try locking up the cell phones and smartwatches of Hollywood’s most important people for four hours.

Only a franchise with the cache of the “Avengers” series could have A-list talent, celebrity fans, agents and executives gladly turn over their gadgets for a chance to watch the dazzling spectacle of this caped assemblage four days before it opens — the end of three phases of comic book films kicked off in 2008 by unwitting dice-rollers Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jon Favreau on the first “Iron Man.”

“It’s been an amazing ride and so moving, I love all of you guys so much. It’s been the trip of a lifetime, and what you did up there tonight was so beautiful. My brother and sister Avengers, I love you so much,” gushed Mark Ruffalo, who
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Election at 20: assessing the high school satire's brutal politics

Reese Witherspoon’s ruthless go-getter remains fascinatingly toxic in Alexander Payne’s bleak and biting political comedy

There’s a big M Night Shyamalan twist in the final minutes of Election, Alexander Payne’s searing 1999 high school satire. Tracy Flick, the irritating overachiever indelibly played by a breakout Reese Witherspoon, is a Republican.

Throughout the film, Payne prefers to think about politics in the abstract, as an illusory choice between interchangeable versions of the same bullshit. Odious civics teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) explains democracy as having the option to select either an apple or an orange, represented with two identical circles on his chalkboard. The closest thing that this comedy of bad morals has to a hero is Tammy Metzler (Jessica Campbell), who galvanizes the student body with a promise to dissolve the school government in toto if elected class president.
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Scanbox head Joni Sighvatsson leads tributes to Steve Golin

Scanbox chairman and CEO says, ‘As a partner one couldn’t ask for more.’

Producer and Scanbox chairman and CEO Joni Sighvatsson has paid tribute to his Propaganda Films co-founder and Anonymous Content head Steve Golin, who died on Sunday.

Sighvatsson and Golin launched their company in 1986 as a talent management, advertising and video production boutique, before Golin moved on 14 years later to set up Anonymous Content.

“I met Steve Golin at the American Film Institute where we were both studying,” Sighvatsson told Screen. “We became fast friends and shortly afterwards we formed Propaganda Films with four amazingly talented directors.
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Joni Sighvatsson leads tributes to Propaganda Films co-founder Steve Golin

Scanbox chairman and CEO says, ‘As a partner one couldn’t ask for more.’

Producer and Scanbox chairman and CEO Joni Sighvatsson has paid tribute to his Propaganda Films co-founder and Anonymous Content head Steve Golin, who died on Sunday.

Sighvatsson and Golin launched their company in 1986 as a talent management, advertising and video production boutique, before Golin moved on 14 years later to set up Anonymous Content.

“I met Steve Golin at the American Film Institute where we were both studying,” Sighvatsson told Screen. “We became fast friends and shortly afterwards we formed Propaganda Films with four amazingly talented directors.
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First ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reactions Tease an Emotional, Epic Culmination of the McU

It's been a decade, 20+ films, and a whole lot of world-building in the making, but Avengers: Endgame has finally arrived. The super superhero team-up film follows the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War, and with little known about the future of the McU, it holds all the biggest secrets and reveals that point at what's to come in the future of the massive franchise. Directed by Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War helmers Joe and Anthony Russo, Endgame looks to pit the Og Avengers in a battle to save half the universe. We've already …
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Early Reactions Bring the Hype for the End of the Infinity Saga

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Early Reactions Bring the Hype for the End of the Infinity Saga
Avengers: Endgame had its world premiere tonight, and you know what that means: vague early reactions! The official review embargo for the Marvel extravaganza lifts tomorrow, but in the meantime, these Endgame early reactions should be enough to whet your whistle. Does the conclusion to the Infinity Saga live up to the hype? Was the audience […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ First Reactions: ‘Most Emotional, Most Epic McU Film’

‘Avengers: Endgame’ First Reactions: ‘Most Emotional, Most Epic McU Film’
The end is finally here.

Avengers: Endgame” had its world premiere Monday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center and reactions on social media from fans, journalists and critics are already pouring in.

The reaction has so far been almost universally positive, with several commentors warning fans of the movie’s emotional elements.

Brandon Davis wrote that he “cried so hard” during the film, and called it the “perfect culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

#AvengersEndgame is an astonishing, amazing film. I’ve never seen anything like it. This movie is everything I wanted to be and So much more. Amazing.

— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 23, 2019

While watching #AvengersEndgame, I laughed so loud, I clapped with so much force, and I cried so hard. The movie exceeds every expectation and is the perfect culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 23, 2019

Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Joel Meares kept
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Can 'Avengers: Endgame' smash $1bn barrier in global launch?

China previews to begin on Tuesday night.

Avengers: Endgame looks likely to deliver the biggest global box office debut in history this week and will cross $900m, industry observers says, as buzz on a possible $1bn global bow grows.

Disney brass revealed the Marvel Studios tentpole’s roll-out schedule on Monday (22), as expectations for the concluding part in the Thanos saga intensified. When Avengers: Infinity War delivered a $640.5m worldwide launch almost a year ago to the day and went on to gross more than $2bn worldwide, eyes turned to the sequel.

Once Endgame got the go-ahead last month to
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‘Avengers: Endgame’s’ Josh Brolin: Thanos’ Butt Is a ‘Beautiful, Purple Peach’

‘Avengers: Endgame’s’ Josh Brolin: Thanos’ Butt Is a ‘Beautiful, Purple Peach’
On the eve of “Avengers: Endgame’s” world premiere, everyone’s thoughts have turned to the one crucial detail that could be the difference between life or death for the Avengers: Does Thanos have a butt?

“I don’t know what that whole thing is about! I really don’t!” Josh Brolin, who plays Thanos, told Variety‘s Marc Malkin at the “Endgame” red carpet premiere in Los Angeles when asked his thoughts on the fan theory that Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man will defeat Thanos by shrinking, journeying to where the sun don’t shine, and expanding.

“Does Thanos have a butt?” Brolin repeated after being asked about the integral detail. “Did you see what I posted today? That’s a peach, man, that’s a peach. That’s a purple peach if I’ve ever seen one, that’s a beautiful, purple peach.”

For reference, see Brolin’s Instagram post below.
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From Proof to The Dressmaker: Jocelyn Moorhouse takes us behind the scenes of her classic films

The Australian director’s book Unconditional Love stresses a fabulous career is never as important as being a good human

What do a blind photographer and a bad-arse seamstress have in common? They are both unforgettable protagonists of Australian films played by A-list actors – Hugo Weaving in 1991’s Proof and Kate Winslet in 2015’s The Dressmaker respectively – and titanic figures in the oeuvre of the director Jocelyn Moorhouse.

Critics raved about Proof – a beautifully constructed character study with an impressive early supporting performance from Russell Crowe – and audiences lapped up The Dressmaker, turning the director’s madcap adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s novel into the 13th most successful Australian film of all time at the local box office.
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Movie Talk: Counting Down the Best McU Credits Scenes Before ‘Avengers: Endgame’

On today's episode of Collider Movie Talk, John Rocha, Haleigh Foutch and Jay Washington discuss the following: The Curse of La Llorona scares up a higher than expected $26.5M opening weekend haul, but tops a box office that's the slowest Easter weekend in 14 years. The panel lists their favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe post-credits scenes in anticipation of the release of Avengers: Endgame this week. Netflix released a first trailer for the Spike Lee produced See You Yesterday that features a young teenager creating a time machine in order to save her brother from a tragic …
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‘Avengers: Endgame’s’ Tessa Thompson Says Valkyrie Would Spoon Captain Marvel, Thor

‘Avengers: Endgame’s’ Tessa Thompson Says Valkyrie Would Spoon Captain Marvel, Thor
Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” had no problem addressing speculation about the character’s sexuality at the “Endgame” red carpet premiere Monday.

The “Sorry to Bother You” actress explained that she played her Marvel character as bisexual.

“In the canon, [Valkyrie] is bisexual. You see her with women and men, so that was my intention in playing her,” Thompson told Variety’s Marc Malkin at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “Obviously, at the forefront of most of these stories is not typically their romantic life. They have big stakes, like saving the world, so that tends to sort of trump.”

Speaking for Valkyrie, Thompson speculated that the character might not limit her post-world-saving spooning to just one Avenger.

“I hear on the Internet there’s been a lot of triangular conversations around Captain Marvel, Valkyrie, and Thor, and I think a communal
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80 Percent of WGA Writers Have Fired Their Agents, Far Exceeding Expectations

No one was expecting these numbers. Today the WGA announced it had delivered its first batch of over 7,000 termination letters from its members to agencies. The guild estimated that of its 13,000 active members, WGA’s records showed 8,800 of its current members had an agent as of 10 days ago. That means approximately 80 percent of WGA members with an agent, fired that agent.

Three weeks ago when it came to implementing a new Agency Code of Conduct, which would require agencies to abandon packaging if they wanted to represent writers, WGA members showed tremendous solidarity. Writers authorized the WGA Board to implement a new Code by an overwhelming majority: 7,882 voted yes, with 392 voting no.

Considering that all of the big agencies, represented by the Association of Talent Agents (Ata), had made it abundantly clear that they would never agree to the new Code, its implementation on April 13 effectively stripped the “Big 4” of
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Some Movie Theaters Won’t Close for Days to Show ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Around the Clock

AMC announced today that it had sold more advance tickets for “Avengers: Endgame” than any other movie in history, and the theater chain has a plan to meet all that demand: keeping some locations open 24 hours a day. 17 locations won’t close once from Thursday night until Sunday, 29 will be open around the clock on Thursday and Friday, and 18 more will keep their doors open through either Thursday through Saturday or Friday Through Sunday.

Such a move is incredibly rare, though it has happened at least once before: in 1965, when the James Bond film “Thunderball” arrived in theaters. That film, adjusted for inflation, was a bigger hit than “The Dark Knight” 43 years later.

“With a desire to satisfy as many Marvel fans as possible on Thursday and through the weekend, AMC’s programming team is reviewing ticket sales theater by theater and adding showtimes later and later,” Elizabeth Frank, AMC
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Marvel Movie Soundtracks Are Getting the Mondo Vinyl Treatment

Your hip vinyl collections are about to get a whole lot more super. Marvel Music and Hollywood Records are teaming up with Mondo to bring the soundtracks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to vinyl. Starting with Christophe Beck’s score for Ant-Man and The Wasp, Marvel Mondo vinyls will be rolled out with the typically stylish cover […]

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