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Disney's 'Aladdin' Soars Over Memorial Day Weekend at the Box Office

Disney's 'Aladdin' Soars Over Memorial Day Weekend at the Box Office
Disney's Aladdin topped the weekend with an impressive debut, delivering over $85 million for the three-day and is expected to top $100 million for the four-day, Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, fellow newcomers Brightburn and Booksmart finished more in line with studio expectations than Mojo's aggressive pre-weekend forecast and Avengers: Endgame will become only the second film ever to top $800 million at the domestic box office by the end of the long holiday weekend.

With an estimated $86.1 million, Disney's Aladdin topped the Memorial Day three-day weekend box office. For Disney this is something of a big win considering the studio's live action properties, outside of the Marvel Universe, have struggled for some time now.

Disney anticipates the reportedly $180+ million production will top $105 million for the four-day weekend, though rival studios expect that total to go even higher, targeting a four-day debut over $110 million, which would be enough to make it
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"A.P. Bio" Fans Light Up Twtiter In Effort To Save Canceled NBC Series

One day after A.P. Bio Creator-Executive Producer Mike O’Brien broke the news that the sophomore sitcom had been canceled, fans have taken to social media in an effort to bring it back.

The hashtag #SaveAPBio trended throughout the day Saturday on Twitter. Among the comments, viewers said they were “crushed” and the show “will be missed.”

“Maybe networks should let good quality shows grow for more than 2 seasons before axing it,” one person tweeted.

Another urged Netflix to pick up the series, writing: “C’mon Netflix!!!!!”

Someone else added: “Such an incredible cast and the show was just hitting its stride. There’s still so much potential!”

Written by SNL alum O’Brien, the high school comedy stars Glenn Howerton as disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin. After losing out on his dream job, Griffin is forced to return to Toledo,
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Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman for "Inconsiderate" Mention in Book

Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman for
Moby has penned a public apology to Natalie Portman after she took offense to and contested comments he made about allegedly dating her.

In his memoir "Then It Fell Apart," the 53-year-old musician wrote that he met the Oscar-winning actress in 1999 when she was 20—in reality, she was 18.

He said he kissed her during a night out in New York City. Portman, 37, contested his account, telling Harper's Bazaar U.K., saying, "My recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school." Moby insisted on Instagram twice that he did date Portman and also said her fans have sent him "anonymous threats of violence." On Saturday, he wrote on Instagram,...
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Cannes: Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or

Cannes: Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or
A star-studded Cannes Film Festival came to a close Saturday night with a bang as Bong Joon-ho's Parasite took home the Palme d'Or, while Mati Diop's Atlantics landed the runner-up Grand Prix award.

The Parasite win denied Quentin Tarantino his second top prize (the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood helmer won the Palme d’Or 25 years ago for his ground breaking Pulp Fiction). Instead, the widely praised Once Upon a Time came up empty handed.

Joon-ho's dark comedy, which premiered the same night as Once Upon a Time, and drew raves. The film revolves around a man and his ...
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‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month

‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month
Paramount’s romantic comedy The Lovebirds is fleeing the nest. The film has been moved from its announced March 6 wide-release date to April 3.

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star as a couple on the brink of breaking up who get unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Co-stars include Kelly Murtaugh, Moses Storm and Betsy Borrego. Michael Showalter — who helmed The Big Sick, which Nanjiani co-wrote and starred in — directs from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall and Martin Gero

Moving out of a slot against Disney/Pixar’s Onward, The Lovebirds instead will battle with Fox’s The New Mutants and an untitled DC pic from Warner Bros.

Paramount didn’t give a reason for the date change, but it comes hours
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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award

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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award
Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, one of the first prizes for which “The Lighthouse” has been eligible at Cannes.

The award was announced Saturday in Cannes by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci), which also honored Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard.

At the same awards announcement, it was revealed that Terrence Malick’s Cannes competition entry, “Hidden Life,” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

The Fipresci honor for “The Lighthouse” marks another plaudit for Eggers, who is rapidly emerging as a major talent in many critics’ view, as well as for one of the best-reviewed of movies in any section at
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"A.P. Bio" Canceled After Two Seasons at NBC

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A.P. Bio” has been canceled at NBC.

Series creator Mike O’Brien shared the news with fans on Twitter, writing that “This has been the favorite project of my life.”

In the single-camera comedy, Glenn Howerton portrayed a disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar who lost out on his dream job and was forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, to work as a high school biology teacher. There, he decided to use his students for his own benefit but found himself gradually more entangled with the other staff, especially the principal (played by Patton Oswalt).
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China Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Opens on Top With $19 Million Weekend

Disney’s “Aladdin” opened on top of the Chinese box office with a less than magical $18.7 million debut weekend.

According to data from Artisan Gateway, the film beat previous chart winner “Detective Pikachu” which earned $7.5 million in its third weekend. That score advances the cumulative China total for “Pikachu” to $83.3 million.

The Guy Ritchie-directed “Aladdin” did fine in audience appreciation. It achieved a 7.8 out of 10 score from users on the Douban film fan site, and 9.1 from users of the Maoyan ticketing site.

“A Dog’s Journey,” which has Chinese backing through Alibaba’s share stake in producer Amblin Partners, slipped from second place to third. It scored $5.2 million to advance its cumulative total to $23.8 million.

“Mayday Life 3D,” a concert film starring the Taiwanese mega-band Mayday, opened in fourth place with a weekend score of $2.4 million.

Japanese animation, “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” earned $3.1 million in its 3-day opening weekend.

In lesser places,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Nina Wu’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Nina Wu’
“They don’t just want to take my body, they want to take my soul!” So runs the overripe line of dialogue that actress Nina Wu (Wu Kexi) has to repeat again and again in “Nina Wu,” the fascinating, glitchy, stylish, and troublesome new film from Taiwanese director Midi Z (“The Road to Mandalay”). Nina practices the line in the mirror, rehashes it in auditions (and “auditions”) and then in take after take until it becomes a kind of mantra that threads through the film, or less poetically, the line of gibberish that a doll might parrot when you pull its string. Each time, Nina cries. And each time, the words seem to get rawer, a little of their clichéd glibness scuffing off, as we discover that the film is very much about how the taking of a body can cue the taking of a soul, and furthermore, how insidiously
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Cannes Winner Bong Joon-ho to Receive Retrospective at Munich Film Fest

Cannes Winner Bong Joon-ho to Receive Retrospective at Munich Film Fest
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, fresh from his Palme d'Or-winning success in Cannes with Parasite, will be honored at next month's Munich Film Festival with a career retrospective.

The Munich festival announced Monday that they would screen a series of Bong's works this year, from the 2003 crime drama Memories of Murder and 2006 international breakthrough The Host to English-language features Snowpiercer and Okja.

The Munich retrospective will look at the breath of Bong's career, which has ranged from the noir drama of Memories of Murder, to the monster movie action of The Host to the mystery drama of 2009's Cannes entry ...
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Cannes Film Review: ‘All About Yves’

Cannes Film Review: ‘All About Yves’
Benoit Forgeard’s dorky “All About Yves,” bizarrely chosen as the closing film of 2019’s Directors’ Fortnight selection in Cannes, is literally about an intelligent refrigerator that ascends to Eurovision fame as a rapper. Imagine Spike Jonze’s “Her” played for the cheapest of laughs, shorn of atmosphere, and absent all melancholic insight into our relationship with new tech, but with the addition of a freezer compartment, and you’re halfway to understanding how little there is here. It’s all pretty harmless, and it does have a very winning central performance from the non-domestic-appliance lead, William Lebghil. So perhaps, far from the raised art-house expectations of the Croisette, it might find an undemanding niche in which its farcical Francophone shenanigans will fly. Still, smart fridge; dumb movie.

Lebghil plays Jerem, an aspiring rapper who lays down tough beats about having “no fucks to give” while living in his dead grandmother’s small,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Bare Necessity’

A perfectly charmant way to, as the song has it, forget about your worries and your strife for 100 airy minutes, writer-director Erwan le Duc’s “The Bare Necessity” is a breezy little sweetheart of a debut, that threatens to give the rather ominous description “quirky French romantic comedy” a good name. In its dappled countryside sunlight, even the most ostensibly twee elements — a bumbling local police force; a nudist colony; a historical reenactment society; an eccentric rural family with a matriarch whose radio show is dedicated to the breathy discussion of, what else, l’amour — are treated with an amiably deadpan affection that is infectious without ever becoming ingratiating.

“Love Is Real” is the title of the radio phone-in hosted by Thérèse Perdrix (Fanny Ardant) during which she offers callers husky words of advice and encouragement in pursuing their various romantic follies. She is unaware, however, that the show is
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Adam’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Adam’
With her debut feature “Adam,” Maryam Touzani allows her audience to sit back and relax comfortably into a beautifully made, character-driven little gem that knows when and how to touch all the right buttons. Taking the stories of two women, both frozen in existential stasis, and bringing them together in a predictable yet deeply satisfying manner, the writer-director ensures this scrupulously even two-hander about grief, shame, and the redemption of motherhood doles out emotional comfort food that’s neither too sweet nor too heavy. Graced by two exceptional leads given every opportunity to shine, “Adam” should charm audiences in global art houses.

Previously, Touzani has been known for shorts and her work with husband Nabil Ayouch, who here acts as producer as well as writing collaborator. Still, this is very much her own film, its emotional tenor and cinematic style markedly different from Ayouch’s work. In terms of structure and narrative trajectory,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘To Live to Sing’

After his taut, impressive debut “Old Stone” which tracked with nightmarish relentlessness the high cost of compassion in modern urban China, Canadian-Chinese director Johnny Ma loosens his grip a little to deliver a softer, if not necessarily less pessimistic examination of the failing fortunes of a regional Sichuan Opera troupe. “To Live to Sing” is baggier than its predecessor and less immediately accessible given that it loses “Old Stone’s” ratcheting stakes in favor of slowly dwindling hopes. But it is elevated by a beautifully compact and empathetic performance from Zhao Xiaoli, leader of the real-life opera group, whose members play fictionalized versions of themselves here. Chinese opera can seem beholden to a performance and storytelling tradition almost entirely alien to Western eyes, yet Zhao makes the transition from heavily painted, ornamented, and arcanely codified stage performer to subtle, natural, and wholly heartbreaking screen presence with exceptional grace.

Zhao plays Zhao Li,
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Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 Classic 'Spirited Away' Finally Gets Release in China

Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 Classic 'Spirited Away' Finally Gets Release in China
Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, an anime classic that won an Oscar and broke box office records, will finally debut in Chinese theaters on June 21, 18 years after its inital bow in Japan. 

The release follows that of the Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro in China in December last year, the first Studio Ghibli production to get an officially release in China.

My Neighbor Totoro took more than $26 million during its Chinese theatrical run, some 30 years after it was released in Japan. Miyazaki has legions of fans in China who predominantly know his work through pirated DVDs and downloads.

Spirited ...
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‘Game of Thrones: The Last Watch’ Reveals Kit Harington’s Emotional Reaction to Daenerys’ Fate (Video)

‘Game of Thrones: The Last Watch’ Reveals Kit Harington’s Emotional Reaction to Daenerys’ Fate (Video)
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the series finale of “Game of Thrones”)

One week after airing its series finale, “Game of Thrones” took a victory lap with HBO’s Sunday debut of “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch,” a two-hour documentary about the making of the show’s final season — and Kit Harington’s tears.

Included among the many behind-the-scenes glimpses was Harington’s emotional reaction to discovering his character Jon Snow would kill Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in the very last episode, during the “Game of Thrones” cast’s Season 8 table read in Belfast, Ireland.

Even though Kit had said during previous interviews he’d gone into the final-season group read without having looked at any of the scripts, it’s still shocking to see just how visibly distraught he is over Daenerys’ death at Jon’s hand, when “GoT” executive producer Bryan Cogman reads off the stage directions.
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Six Things We Learned From ‘Game of Thrones: The Last Watch’ Documentary

HBO gave fans a long parting look at the making of “Game of Thrones” on Sunday night in a two-hour documentary that focused on the Herculean efforts by the small army craft and technical experts who worked on the mammoth fantasy drama.

“Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” introduced viewers to the leaders of the below the line departments that breathed life into the “Thrones” milieu with costumes, hair, makeup, special effects, location managers, a fleet of extras and an entire department devoted to snow.

“Last Watch” gave a generous spotlight to Bernie Caulfield, the veteran producer who has been
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‘Killing Eve’ Season 2 Stumbled Where ‘Barry’ Soared (Column)

‘Killing Eve’ Season 2 Stumbled Where ‘Barry’ Soared (Column)
Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for the entire second seasons of “Killing Eve” and “Barry.”

I was dead certain that “Killing Eve” and “Barry” — two of my favorite television debuts of 2018 — should have ended after a single season. Both coincidentally starring unstable assassins, the shows were smart, propulsive, and extremely weird straight out of the gate. Their first seasons were unsparing and gutsy, telling wildly twisting stories of deceit and murder, temptation and morality with such enthusiasm that it seemed impossible that either could keep it up for too long.

As the second seasons of “Barry” and “Killing Eve” unfolded — on the same nights,
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‘Killing Eve’ Season 2 Finale Recap: The Thrill is Gone

‘Killing Eve’ Season 2 Finale Recap: The Thrill is Gone
A review of the Killing Eve Season Two finale, “You’re Mine,” coming up just as soon as I pick out a flattering funeral photo for you…

“You’re Mine” begins as something of a funhouse mirror of this season’s second episode, “Nice and Neat.” Villanelle again finds herself in the home of a man who wants to control what she wears and where she goes, only one who’s dangerous on a far vaster scale than creepy Julian was. And it ends as a reversal of the Season One finale.
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Rep. Liz Cheney Says FBI Agents May Have Committed ‘Treason,’ Plotted ‘Coup’

Another day, another Trump crony hitting the airwaves to confuse the electorate with falsehoods and/or out-and-out lies. On Sunday, it was Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-wy) turn to twist facts in defense of the president.

Cheney, in an interview on ABC’s This Week, took a question from host Martha Raddatz about the president adding to the discord in today’s politics while tweeting the fake Nancy Pelosi video. Cheney ignored the question, and instead decided to litigate the former FBI official Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page saga again.
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