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Box-Office Preview: 'The Circle' No Match for 'Fate of the Furious'

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Be prepared for another quiet frame at the U.S. box office on the last weekend before the summer season kicks off May 5.

The biggest new offering that opens Friday is filmmaker James Ponsoldt's The Circle, an indie thriller about the dangers of the high-tech age that stars Emma Watson, who is coming off her billion-dollar blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, and Tom Hanks. The film is projected to open in the $11 million-$12 million range from 3,163 theaters. 

That won't be enough to drive The Fate of the Furious off the road. The latest installment »

- Pamela McClintock

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Johnny Depp Appears as Captain Jack Sparrow on 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Ride

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Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself.

Johnny Depp donned the getup of his swashbuckling alter ego and interacted with riders on Wednesday. Videos taken by park goers and shared on social media show Depp chatting with fans as they passed by on the ride's boats. He also spoke to a crowd outside.

Depp returns to the big screen as Sparrow next month in the fifth film based on the ride. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens May 26, after premiering at Shanghai Disneyland »

- the Associated Press

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Vine Alternative Investments Acquires Rights To Several Relativity Films

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Vine Alternative Investments announced Thursday that it has acquired Manchester Library Company, a holding company whose slate of 30 films includes titles including such Relativity Media titles as the Oscar-winning The Fighter, Limitless and Dear John. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but, collectively, the 30 films were said to have grossed $1.5 billion in worldwide box office. The library includes the underlying remake and sequel rights to many of the titles.

The announcement was made during an industry panel discussion at Winston Baker's TV and  Film Finance Forum in New York by Vine partner Stephen Kovach.

“The Manchester transaction »

- Mia Galuppo

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Bret Easton Ellis Recounts His '90s-Era, Celeb-Filled Cocaine Parties

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From cocaine-fueled parties in New York to Lindsay Lohan's troubles on The Canyons, writer Bret Easton Ellis is opening up on a lot of salacious topics.

As interviewed by friend and 429 Magazine editor Maer Roshan, the two reminisce about their shared history in New York City (a friendship that began 20 years ago), including the wild times partying at Ellis' apartment. Roshan recalls many long nights at that address to which Ellis, the best-selling author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero, dishes some dirt on famous names who allegedly used to party there, too. 

"It's amazing how many people I see on TV now who used »

- Chris Gardner

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'Austin Powers' at 20: Mike Myers, Jay Roach, More Spill Secrets in Shagadelic Oral History

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery would be a worldwide sensation. Test audiences gave it piddling scores. Its premiere at the Chinese Theatre was such a sleepy affair, nobody even bothered to take Seth Green's photograph ("It felt like it wasn't happening," he recalls).

The New Line Cinema film performed respectably, if not spectacularly, in U.S. theaters — grossing $53.9 million, off a budget of $16.5 million — but Princess Diana's fatal car crash that August didn't help set the mood for its Sept. 5 U.K. »

- Ryan Parker

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'The Circle': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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James Ponsoldt's The Circle, a high-gloss imagining of how current trends might soon lead to the actual and total end of privacy, makes its Tribeca premiere on a day whose morning news reported that a man in Thailand had livestreamed himself killing his infant daughter. Recent weeks have seen border guards demanding total access to travelers' social media accounts; Congress just told internet service providers it isn't illegal to sell their customers' private data.

That is to say, we probably already live in a scarier world, filled with stranger horrors, than the one The Circle presents as a cautionary tale. »

- John DeFore

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Apos: Southeast Asian Streamer Hooq Unveils Five Original Productions

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Southeast Asian streaming-video service Hooq is deepening its investments in original content.

The video platform, which competes head-to-head with Netflix and Amazon in the region and counts Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. among its financial backers, said Wednesday that it will produce five new Asian originals to stream on its service.

The announcements were made on the first day of the Apos entertainment industry conference in Bali, Indonesia.

"There is a huge thirst for high-quality, unique Asian stories, told from an Asian perspective," said Peter Bithos, CEO of Hooq. "We aim to satisfy this with Hooq originals on our »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Lady Gaga Invites Fans to Be 'A Star Is Born' Extras at L.A. Concert

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Lady Gaga is calling on her fans to be a part of her new film with Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born.

The superstar musician tweeted out an invite to all her Little Monsters on Wednesday to attend a filming event at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on May 2 and 3. According to a posting on the Greek website, tickets are $12 per day to be a member of the audience in a scene portraying a country western music concert.

"All you Monsters that can attend should get decked out in your most comfortable denim & boots, throw »

- Colin Stutz, Billboard

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John Knoll "Tinkering" With a New 'Star Wars' Story Idea

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Industrial Light & Magic’s John Knoll, who served as visual effects supervisor on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, also conceived the film's original story — and now he's at it again, telling The Hollywood Reporter that he’s “tinkering” with another Star Wars-related idea.

“I have another idea I’ve been tinkering with,” he said after participating on a Rogue One Super Session during the National Association of Broadcasters Show. “It’s maybe 75 percent there. I haven’t pitched it to [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy]. It’s another Star Wars thing.”

Upcoming Star Wars films already in the works include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opening in December; a »

- Carolyn Giardina

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UTA Signs Peabody-Winning Director Eugene Jarecki (Exclusive)

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Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He previously was with CAA.

Both of his documentaries — Why We Fight, about the rise of the military-industrial complex, and The House I Live In, about the war on drugs — won Sundance Grand Jury Prizes and Peabody Awards. His other credits include the Emmy-winning HBO documentary Reagan and The Trials of Henry Kissinger, which won an award from Amnesty International and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Jarecki, the brother of fellow filmmakers Andrew Jarecki (The Jinx) and Nicholas Jarecki (Arbitrage), will »

- Rebecca Sun

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'Whitney: Can I Be Me': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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The phenomenal rise and tragic demise of Whitney Houston is an almost archetypal saga of success, excess and the scarcity of second acts in American lives. But it becomes a little too archetypal in the hands of British director Nick Broomfield, whose new bio-documentary on the late singer is heavy on glib generalizations but light on sharp insights or juicy revelations.

That said, Houston’s enduring superstar glow and a vault full of superlative, previously unseen footage should ensure healthy interest in Can I Be Me, which world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this week ahead of its Showtime TV »

- Stephen Dalton

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