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Box Office: ‘Baby Driver’ Gets a $5.7 Million Head Start
Sony’s R-rated action-thriller, starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway car driver, has gotten a head start on the Independence Day weekend before “Despicable Me 3” and “The House” open on Friday. The studio is projecting an opening in the $15 million range for the five-day Wednesday-Sunday period, while other pre-release forecasts have been in the $20 million area.
The opening day number includes $2.1 million from Tuesday night previews.The film received an A CinemaScore from audiences under 25 and an A- overall.
“Baby Driver,” released from Sony’s TriStar Pictures and Mrc, has received strong critical support since its South by Southwest premiere in March and has a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In a sign of confidence, Sony announced at CinemaCon in March that it had moved the release up by six weeks from Aug. 11 with »
- Dave McNary
Andy Serkis’ ‘Breathe’ to Open London Film Festival
The “Lord of the Rings” actor’s production company The Imaginarium made the movie, which is based on the story of Imaginarium co-founder Jonathan Cavendish’s parents. It follows Robin Cavendish, played by Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”), and the attempts by his wife Diana, Claire Foy (“The Crown”), to help him lead a normal life after he is paralyzed by polio.
Both stars, Serkis, and Jonathan Cavendish will be at the premiere at London’s Odeon Leicester Square on Oct. 4, and the film will play simultaneously in cinemas across the U.K. ahead of its Oct. 27 general release in the country by Stx International. Bleecker Street and Participant Media are distributing in the U.S., and it has already been tipped for an Oscar run.
“‘Breathe’ is a deeply personal story to all of us at The »
- Stewart Clarke
Netflix Developing New Installment of ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’
Netflix is developing a new installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” with Working Title Television U.S. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are on board to revive the characters they played in Showtime and PBS adaptations of the landmark Lgbt-themed novel series in the 1990s.
Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”) has penned the first script for what is envisioned as a 10-part installment, although the project does not yet have a series order from Netflix. Maupin would return as an executive producer, and Alan Poul is on board to direct. Netflix declined to comment.
Prolific novelist Maupin launched the series that follows a colorful, diverse group of characters living in San Francisco as a newspaper serial in 1976. He has published nine novels in the “Tales” series, with 2014’s “The Days of Anna Madrigal” said to be the final edition of the book series.
“Tales” focuses on the residents of a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane »
- Cynthia Littleton
Michelle Rodriguez Threatens to Leave ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise if it Doesn’t ‘Show Some Love to Women’
The actress threatened to leave behind her role as Letty Ortiz, the wife of Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, if the series continues to limit its female roles.
“F8 is out digitally today,” she captioned her Instagram photo. “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & I’m grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years.”
Rodriguez, who has portrayed Letty in five of the eight installments, has previously pointed out that she’s had limited dialogue along with actress Jordana Brewster, who plays the sister of Dom, and other women who have joined the series.
‘Fate of the Furious’ Crosses $1 Billion Milestone at International »
- Rebecca Rubin
Kenneth Lonergan to Be Honored at Austin Film Festival
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Kenneth Lonergan, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, will be honored at the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, where he will receive the event’s 2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award.
The festival, which celebrates writers’ contributions to film, television and new media, takes place Oct. 26-29, and Lonergan will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Oct. 28.
In addition to Manchester, Lonergan wrote and directed You Can Count on Me and Margaret. He also co-wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York, and as a playwright, has written This Is Our »
- Gregg Kilday
Alicia Silverstone Confused by ‘Wonder Woman’ Hype: ‘There Have Been Many Movies With Female Leads’ (Video)
Alicia Silverstone doesn’t get the “Wonder Woman” hype. The “Clueless” star sat down with Variety at Cannes Lions to talk about her TV Land sitcom “American Woman” when the subject turned to “Wonder Woman.” Silverstone’s point, from what we can gather, is that “Wonder Woman” isn’t special because there have been smaller movies that have also starred women, including the one she’s most famous for. “Before ‘Wonder Woman’ … ‘Wonder Woman?’ Before ‘Wonder Woman’ there have been many movies with female leads, so I get a little confused,” Silverstone said. “We have made strides, of course. I think about, »
- Carli Velocci
Instagram Uses Artificial Intelligence to Eliminate ‘Toxic’ Comments
Instagram is the latest platform to turn to artificial intelligence — machines trained to carry out human-level functions — to combat spam and hateful comments. Last October, the popular photo-sharing app started using DeepText, an AI system developed by its parent company, Facebook, to weed out unwanted comments, according to a report from Wired. DeepText leverages “word embeddings,” or the cluster of words and phrases, to analyze if a comment is worthy of deletion. For example, the words “white” and “black” can be used both in an innocuous way as well as in mean-spirited way. DeepText is trained to decipher the »
- Sean Burch
All the Clues You Missed Leading Up to Pretty Little Liars’ Big Finale Twist
That airport scene was a major turning point. »
- Devon Ivie
TV Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Season 19 Premiere Is Series’ Lowest-Rated, Still Tops Wednesday
“Big Brother” Season 19 premiered on CBS on Wednesday night, returning down from the Season 18 premiere last summer for the show’s lowest-rated premiere to date, but still making it the highest-rated show of the night.
Airing from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., the season premiere averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers. The Season 18 opener, by comparison, drew a 1.9 rating and 6.2 million viewers last June, meaning this year opened down approximately 11% in the key demo and 5% in total viewers.
On NBC, “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” (0.9, 6.5 million) was down in both measures from last week’s premiere. A new episode of “The Carmichael Show” (0.7, 3.5 million) also dipped in both measures.
“MasterChef” (1.0, 3.5 million) held steady on Fox, while “The F Word” (0.6, 2.1 million) dipped in the demo.
ABC aired mostly repeats, with the exception of “To Tell the Truth” (0.6, 3.2 million) at 10.
The CW aired only repeats.
CBS won the night with a 1.4 rating and 5.1 million viewers. Fox »
- Joe Otterson
Big Four Networks Set September Roadblock Special Focusing on Future of High School
The Entertainment Industry Foundation has partnered with the Big Four networks to present an hourlong live roadblock special examining the future of high school education.
Set for 8 p.m. Et on Sept. 8, “Eif Presents: Xq Super School Live” is billed as a look at “the past, present and future of the American high school system.”
The Eif said the special will present musical performances, comedy and documentary segments. “Xq” will be produced by Done + Dusted and directed by Hamish Hamilton. Charles King’s Macro, Anonymous Content and Wise Entertainment are also partners in the special.
The Eif announcement gave no details regarding talent for the special. The goal is to engage viewers in an effort to reform efforts pushed by the Xq Super School project educational reform effort.
“High schools must be rethought and reshaped so every student can succeed in college, career and life,” the Eif announcement said. “Xq seeks to bring Americans together to create »
- Variety Staff
Halle Berry Says Her Historic Oscar Win 'Meant Nothing' for Film Diversity
"I was pretty sure Sissy Spacek was going to win [for In the Bedroom]," she told Teen Vogue's editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth of going up against some of Hollywood biggest names that year. "That [sentiment] is just what was ruminating in my spirit during that whole process."
Still, the actress exuded positivity and hope when she gave her memorable and emotional acceptance speech that year, »
‘This Is Us’: Here’s why an Emmy win for Best Drama Series would be historic
Currently, six of Gold Derby’s Emmy experts and five of our editors are predicting that NBC’s “This Us” will be named Best Drama Series at this year’s Emmy Awards. If the family drama is indeed victorious, it would be a historic win on a number of fronts. Just by being nominated for Best Drama Series, […] »
- Tony Ruiz
Why Pretty Little Liars Was Such a Crucial Hit for Freeform
The teen drama helped to transform a network once known best for its Gilmore Girls reruns. »
- Josef Adalian
Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Season 19 Slips Double Digits to New Premiere Low
“Big Brother” fell 11 percent in TV ratings with its Season 19 start, setting a new low mark for a premiere in the process. Still, the two-hour show was strong enough to hand CBS an outright win across Wednesday’s primetime. Plus, again, this is its nineteenth season, people. Head-to-head during the 8 p.m. hour, NBC’s “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” actually finished first in total viewers. It was a rare swap for the two broadcasters, with NBC skewing old and CBS going young. CBS was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total. »
- Tony Maglio
Samantha Bee on Trump’s Health Care Bill: Even Worse Than ‘Suicide Squad’ (Video)
Samantha Bee took on the Senate health care bill on “Full Frontal” Wednesday night, breaking down the benefits of Medicaid while also discussing the true nature of the bill. “Turns out, 13 rich white guys alone in a room isn’t how good legislation happens. It’s how ‘Suicide Squad’ happens,” she said, although she adds that it’s even worse than that. Bee pointed out that gutting Medicaid isn’t an Obamacare repeal, but a Johnsoncare repeal, since President Lyndon B. Johnson was the one that signed the bill that resulted in both Medicaid and Medicare into law. Also Read: »
- Carli Velocci
Jk Rowling Responds to Trump’s Mika Brzezinski Attack With Lincoln Quote
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has added her voice to the cacophony of anger in response to President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack against “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski Thursday morning — and added the voice of another U.S. president, too. Also Read: MSNBC Calls Trump's Personal Attacks on 'Morning Joe' Hosts 'A Sad Day for America' Thursday morning, Rowling tweeted a quote from Abraham Lincoln with screenshots of the president’s tweets against Brzezinski. “‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.’ Abraham Lincoln,” she tweeted. »
- Ashley Boucher
San Francisco Film Society Awards Night Moves Out of April To Join Year-End Oscars Chase
San Francisco can claim more Oscar voters than any other city except Los Angeles and New York. (Many Los Angeles residents also live in the Bay Area.) That’s one reason the San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan, who witnessed the power of the Oscar race during his years at the Toronto International Film Festival, is jumping into the awards fray.
He’s moving the annual Sffilm Awards Night film achievement fundraiser out of the sprawling April festival, where it can get lost, and into the heart of awards season. The new Sffs Awards will take place December 5 at San Francisco’s renovated Palace of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Sffs’s 60th anniversary.
Per usual, the program will honor contemporary cinema greats with onstage tributes including directing, acting, and storytelling awards. Past Sffs awards have gone to Robert Altman, Ellen Burstyn, Frances Ford Coppola, Judy Davis, »
- Anne Thompson
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Is ‘One of the Best Marvel Movies Yet’ and 6 More Glowing Reviews
At long last, Spider-Man is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and according to critics, it was worth the wait. With early reviews still coming in for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” the film currently has a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes score with submissions from 30 critics, who praised director Jon Watts and a cast led by the new Peter Parker, Tom Holland, for showing what John Hughes might have done if he directed a superhero movie. Also Read: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Review: Marvel-Fueled Reboot Has a Good Sense of Spidey “The most obvious novelty to this version of the webslinger’s story is a hammered-home reminder that while. »
- Jeremy Fuster
With Manny Pacquiao, Espn Hopes to Take New Swipe at Boxing
Fans who tune into Espn Friday evening will be greeted with a rare sight on the sports outlet: A ticking countdown clock.
The on-screen timer won’t tick down to the start of Scott Van Pelt’s late-night “SportsCenter” or the first pitch of an important baseball game. It will instead try to interest viewers in an event that has become as infrequent on Espn as the ersatz timepiece itself – a major boxing match.
On Saturday, July 1, at 10 p.m., Espn will televise a bout between World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated contender Jeff “The Hornet” Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The fight will also be telecast on Espn Deportes. It is the first time since 2005 that the popular Pacquaio has taken part in a fight that was not limited to pay-per-view.
“We sort of came across this opportunity to really plant a flag back in the sport of boxing in a »
- Brian Steinberg
Did You Catch the Translation Joke in Okja?
- E. Alex Jung
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