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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Takes Top Spot at Box Office From ‘Avengers: Endgame’

‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Takes Top Spot at Box Office From ‘Avengers: Endgame’
The No. 1 streak for “Avengers: Endgame” has been snapped — pun intended — by Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” which made $22.6 million on Friday from 3,850 screens and is now estimated for a strong $56 million opening weekend.

Not only would that result be nearly double the $30.4 million opening for “John Wick: Chapter 2,” it would also be the largest opening weekend for a Lionsgate release since the end of the “Hunger Games” series back in November 2015. The final film in the Jennifer Lawrence Ya novel adaptation series, “Mockingjay — Part 2,” opened to $102 million.

As with the two preceding “John Wick” films, both critics and audiences have given “Chapter 3” strong marks with an 88% Rotten Tomatoes score and an A- on CinemaScore. Also, as expected for an acclaimed film starring Gen X action legend Keanu Reeves, the opening night
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Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez join female-fronted spy thriller '355'

Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez join female-fronted spy thriller '355'
The upcoming female-led ensemble spy thriller '355' has added a couple of male cast members, with Variety reporting that Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Endgame) and Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) have been cast in the film.

Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) is directing '355' from a script by Theresa Rebeck (Smash), and will see Stan and Ramirez starring alongside Jessica Chastain (It: Chapter Two), Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

As per Variety, '355' is described as “a globe-trotting adventure that flips the espionage genre upside-down” and sees Chastain, Nyong’o, Cruz and Fan as a quartet of spies from various international agencies who “must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to use all their considerable talents and training to stop an event from occurring that could thrust our teetering world into total chaos.
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Sammy Shore Dies: Comedy Store Co-Founder and Comedian Was 92

Sammy Shore Dies: Comedy Store Co-Founder and Comedian Was 92
Sammy Shore, who co-founded the World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles has died. He was 92.

The stand-up comedian passed away of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas and was surrounded by family, according to a tribute posted Saturday on The Comedy Store’s Facebook page.

“Words can’t express how much his comedic gift, friendship, and beneficence will be missed. The bright light he shone and the laughter he brought into the lives of everyone he touched will never dim. There is only one ‘Brother Sam’!” the post read.

Shore co-founded The Comedy Store with his writing partner Rudy De Luca in 1972. It would soon become one of most popular comedy clubs in the nation.

His son, actor and comedian Pauly Shore, posted a series of tweets Saturday about the late comedian’s commitment to his family and his love of comedy.

I'm saddened to let everyone
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‘Game of Thrones’ Petition for Season 8 Do-Over Secures 1 Million Signatures

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‘Game of Thrones’ Petition for Season 8 Do-Over Secures 1 Million Signatures
The final season of “Game of Thrones” might be bringing in a record number of viewers, but now more than a million of them are calling for a do-over of the last episodes.

As of Saturday, more than a million people have signed a Change.org petition for the hit HBO series to remake its final season, calling series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on.”

Dylan D., the petition author, explained Saturday that he started the movement out of disappointment and frustration, and that he’s not expecting HBO to react to the massive call for change.

A rep for HBO did not respond to a request for comment.

“I love this story, and I, like most of you,
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Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish $50 Million Comedy ‘Down Under Cover’ Picked Up by Paramount

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Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish $50 Million Comedy ‘Down Under Cover’ Picked Up by Paramount
Paramount Pictures has bought the worldwide rights to the Tiffany Haddish, Chris Hemsworth buddy cop comedy “Down Under Cover,” an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Down Under Cover” is one of the hottest sales titles of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and the Russo Brothers have teamed up again with their “Avengers” star Hemsworth to produce the film under their Agbo production banner. According to the individual, Paramount committed to a budget of $50 million for the comedy.

Peter Hoare wrote the screenplay for “Down Under Cover,” which will star Hemsworth as a detective who goes undercover to investigate a group of male, Australian erotic dancers who he suspects are involved in a series of casino heists.

Haddish will play a lone-wolf cop who Hemsworth reluctantly accepts as a partner.
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Lee Hale Dies: ‘Dean Martin Show’ And ‘The Golddiggers” Music Director Was 96

Lee Hale Dies: ‘Dean Martin Show’ And ‘The Golddiggers” Music Director Was 96
Lee Hale, whose love of 20th century music enhanced The Dean Martin Show and its spin-off, The Golddiggers, has died. He was 96 and passed at his home in Beverly Hills on May 10.

Hale was a six-time Emmy nominee who became the musical director for The Dean Martin Show and later helmed the popular celebrity roast specials hosted by Martin. He joined the program in 1965 and remained on board until it ended in 1974. He was recruited by show director Greg Garrison to step up the show’s music, and Hale contributed with original songs, jingles and other works drawn from his knowledge of 20th century popular music. Irving Berlin gave him the rare honor of allowing his songs to be used in the show, something he rarely granted to others.

Hale was born March 25, 1923 in Tacoma, Washington. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he
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New ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie to Hit Theaters in 2021

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New ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie to Hit Theaters in 2021
Warner Bros. has dated its new “Mortal Kombat” movie for March 5, 2021, with James Wan producing and Simon McQuoid directing.

Mortal Kombat” will do battle on its opening date with Sony Pictures’ fantasy adventure “Masters of the Universe,” which Noah Centineo will lead as the Most Powerful Man in the Universe.

Pre-production on “Mortal Kombat” will start this month with cameras scheduled to start rolling in Adelaide, Australia, later this year. South Australia Premier Steven Marshall announced on May 13 that it will be the biggest film production in the state’s history.

Midway debuted the video game in 1992 with a story focusing on the monk Liu Kang working to save Earth from an evil sorcerer. The development of the first game was originally based on an idea that Ed Boon and John Tobias had of making a video game starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, but then evolved into a horror-fantasy fighting game.
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Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’ Adds Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots, Mark Gatiss

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Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’ Adds Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots, Mark Gatiss
Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots, Mark Gatiss and Olivia Williams have joined Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman in the cast of Florian Zeller’s “The Father,” the feature film adaptation of his award-winning stage play, Variety has confirmed.

Embankment represents worldwide sales, excluding France. CAA, UTA and Embankment co-represent the U.S.

In “The Father,” Hopkins plays the title role, a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Colman). Yet such help has become essential, following Anne’s decision to move to Paris with her partner. “As Anne’s father tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality,” according to Embankment.

The 2012 play, written and directed by Zeller, was first launched in Paris, winning a Moliere Award for best play, before hitting Broadway and London’s West End,
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Dimitri Vegas Talks ‘Rambo V: Last Blood’ Role, Working With Sylvester Stallone

Dimitri Vegas Talks ‘Rambo V: Last Blood’ Role, Working With Sylvester Stallone
Dimitri Thivaios, better known as dance music’s Dimitri Vegas, is taking his skills beyond the DJ booth, picking up a major film role in the forthcoming “Rambo V: Last Blood.”

The Belgium-born Thivaios, who headlines massive Edm festivals like Tomorrowland with his brother Michael (they perform under the banner Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike), has previously appeared in the action thriller “Lukas,” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. His character in “Rambo” has not been revealed, but the plot is said to center around a mission undertaken by John Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone, to free the daughter of a friend who was kidnapped by the Mexican cartel. The film is directed by Adrian Grunberg and scheduled for release on Sept. 20.

Opportunity aside, Thivaios, who is of Greek descent, says the “Rambo” franchise holds a special place in his heart. “‘It was probably the first ‘action’ movie I ever got to see as a kid,
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Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

After a nearly four-hour show (including voting time), Duncan Laurence snagged the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with the song ‘’Arcade,” written and composed by Duncan Laurence, Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy.

Laurence won a total of 492 points from the expert juries and televoters in a contest that was touch and go from the beginning, with North Macedonia a surprise frontrunner until the collective votes were tallied. Italy finished in second place with 465 votes and Russia came in third with 369 votes. It was the fifth win for the Netherlands in Eurovision history. The last time the Netherlands won was
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Japan’s Toei Animation Teams With Saudi’s Manga Productions on ‘The Journey’

In an industry-building effort for Saudi Arabia, new Saudi animation studio Manga Productions has teamed up with Japan’s Toei Animation on a $10 million to $15 million animation feature titled “The Journey,” an epic based on Saudi folklore to be directed by Shizuno Kobun, whose credits include “Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle.”

Manga and Toei will collaborate on the pre-production and creation of story and the character design with Japanese and Saudi artists working together, they said in a joint statement.

The co-production stems from a pact between the two companies made in November 2017, one month before Saudi Arabia lifted its 35-year ban on cinemas.

“‘The Journey’ is a milestone project for Manga,” said Manga Productions CEO Bukhary Essam, who is at Cannes with members of the Manga creative team.

“What we are doing here with ‘The Journey’ is representative of our larger role in creating an ecosystem throughout
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Joan of Arc’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Joan of Arc’
You have to hand it to Bruno Dumont, France’s dark prince of dour auteurism: He never makes the same film twice, even when he does, to all intents and purposes, make the same film twice. Two years ago, he offered his own singular contribution to cinema’s well-stocked canon of Joan of Arc dramas: As a rare take on the peasant-turned-saint’s formative years, “Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc” would have stood out even if Dumont hadn’t set it to a heavy-metal song score, perhaps to compensate for the story’s lack of steely battle armor. Memorably bizarre but mostly bludgeoning, it left few but the most dedicated Dumont diehards begging for more — but he was never going to leave the story half-told, even if a sequel would inevitably have to cover far more familiar turf.

Enter the starkly titked “Joan of Arc,” which puts away
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DJ Khaled’s Got Clout, Recruits Giants of Hip-Hop and R&B for ‘SNL’ Performance (Watch)

DJ Khaled’s Got Clout, Recruits Giants of Hip-Hop and R&B for ‘SNL’ Performance (Watch)
DJ Khaled proved his clout by recruiting nearly a dozen giants of hip-hop and R&B for his two-song performance on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live.”

The rapper-producer-dj released his latest album, “Father of Asahd,” on May 17. It features many of the rappers who joined him on stage for a succession of medleys, including Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Meek Mill, J Balvin, Jeremih and Lil Baby as well as John Legend and Sza.

An image of the late Nipsey Hussle, who died on March 31, was projected behind the performers during a medley of “Just Us,” “Weather the Storm
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Rosie Day, Harriet Sanson Harris, Natalia Tena Set For Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s Thriller ‘Baby’ (Exclusive)

Rosie Day, Harriet Sanson Harris, Natalia Tena Set For Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s Thriller ‘Baby’ (Exclusive)
Cannes– Rosie Day (“Outlander”), Harriet Sanson Harris (“Phantom Thread”) and Natalia Tena (“Game of Thrones”) will star in Spaniard Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s psychological thriller “Baby,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The project will be pitched on May 19 at Fantastic 7, a new Cannes initiative seeing seven of the world’s most prestigious fantastic festivals back and mentor a genre project.

“Baby” is put forward by the Sitges Intl. Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, represented by Sitges deputy general manager Mónica Garcia Massagué, which has created Fantastic 7 with Cannes Film Market executive director Jérôme Paillard and Ventana Sur and Blood Window founder Bernardo Bergeret.

“Baby” follows a young upper-class woman junkie who, unable to care for the newly-born baby, sells it to a midwife-child trafficker. Overcome with remorse, she will try to recover it.

Javier Aguirresarobe, Dp on Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her” and Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” will serve as cinematographer.
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Cannes: Is 2019 a Ruff Year for the Palm Dog Awards?

Cannes: Is 2019 a Ruff Year for the Palm Dog Awards?
The weather in Cannes has officially gone to the dogs and as we approach the halfway point, it seems the same may have happened to the festival’s on-screen canine count.

2018 wasn’t just the Year of the Dog for China, but was enjoyed on the Croisette, where the majestic great Dane in Matteo Garrone’s Dogman claimed the annual Palm Dog award, despite fierce competition from elsewhere, including Diamantino’s gigantic floating poodles.

But so far in 2019 man’s best friend appears to have been mostly hounded out of the lineup.

“As ever, dogs do their best,...
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New Horizons’ Polish Days Goes to Cannes With Five Films in Progress

New Horizons’ Polish Days Goes to Cannes With Five Films in Progress
Cannes — Buoyed by a wave of international successes, including Pawel Pawlikowski’s 2019 foreign-language Oscar nominee “Cold War,” Polish cinema will get a fitting showcase Sunday morning with the presentation of five new projects at New Horizons’ Polish Days Goes to Cannes.

Organized in conjunction with the Polish Film Institute, Polish Days is the most important industry event of the New Horizons Intl. Film Festival. Each year roughly 25 new Polish projects are presented at the festival in Wroclaw to a packed house of producers, sales agents, festival programmers, funding bodies, and other industry representatives from around the globe.

Weronika Czołnowska, the festival’s head of industry, said the Goes to Cannes showcase is in some ways “an extension of Polish Days,” calling it “a broader promotion of Polish cinema.”

With its two previous editions, the program has had some notable triumphs, including Ewa Podgórska’s documentary “Diagnosis,” which premiered in the
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Cannes First Look: Lily Collins in 'Inheritance' (Exclusive)

Cannes First Look: Lily Collins in 'Inheritance' (Exclusive)
Lily Collins is armed and dangerous in this exclusive first look image from Vaughn Stein’s Inheritance.

Also starring Simon Pegg, the high-stakes thriller follows Lauren Monroe (Collins), a prominent family woman and rising star in the New York District Attorney's office, whose perfect life falls of the tracks following the death of her hedge fund tycoon father. When most of the family's fortune is left to her mother and politician brother, Lauren receives only a small fraction of their millions along with a mysterious envelope containing directions to a hidden bunker deep in the woods. Inside the bunker,...
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Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
Madonna’s controversial performance may have grabbed the headlines, but Duncan Laurence won the nearly four-hour-long 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with the song “Arcade,” which he cowrote with Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy.

Laurence won a total of 492 points from the expert juries and televoters in a contest that was touch and go from the beginning, with North Macedonia a surprise frontrunner until the collective votes were tallied. Italy finished in second place with 465 votes and Russia came in third with 369. It was the fifth win for the Netherlands in Eurovision history, although the country’s first in 44 years.
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‘SNL’ Cold Open Has Alec Baldwin’s Trump Rocking Out to Queen

‘SNL’ Cold Open Has Alec Baldwin’s Trump Rocking Out to Queen
The cold open for the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” saw the Trump administration taking some liberties with a rock classic.

Alec Baldwin returned as President Donald Trump, letting America know that he is going to be taking it easy now that summer is nearly here. He then said he was going to do all of things he never has time for anymore: “golf, visiting friends in prison, and enjoying all the new tariffs from China.”

Trump then said he was on “cruise control” until being elected to his second term before launching into a rendition of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.
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‘SNL': Trump Administration Sings Corruption-Themed Version of Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ (Video)

It’s the season finale of “SNL,” and the NBC sketch show sent off season 44 with a musical extravaganza in the cold open — in which Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump to lead a parody of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

The cold open sketch also saw Robert De Niro swing by for one more appearance as Robert Mueller.

“I’m very excited about summer, getting around to those things i never have time for,” Baldwin’s Trump said in an Oval Office set before the music began. “Golf. Visiting friends in prison. And enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs for China.”

“It’s been an incredible year for our economy, our American economy is on fire. I’m not going to tell you if it’s a fire that keeps you warm or burns your house to the ground, but it’s some kind of fire. So
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