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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor to separate after 17 years of marriage

7 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have announced that they are separating after 17 years of marriage.

Stiller and Taylor released a joint statement on Friday announcing their breakup. They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sets Sail With $40 Million Worldwide

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” set sail with $40 million worldwide during its first two days in theaters, with first-place openings in every market.

The $40 million figure does not include Friday’s earnings from China, where Disney is estimating a first-day total of $20 million.

The sequel grossed $5.5 million from Thursday night previews in the U.S., expanding to 4,276 locations on Friday. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” also generated the best 2017 first-day earnings in Germany, Austria, France, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Plunders $5.5 Million on Thursday Night

It opened Thursday in Germany with a 60% market share on its Ascension Day holiday. “Pirates” saw a 59% market share in the U.K. The film earned $4 million on its opening day in Russia, the fifth-highest first day for any movie. The pic earned $3.6 million in Germany and $900,000 in the U. »


- Dave McNary

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Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Sets Release Date

17 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” will hit theaters on Oct. 20, Lionsgate announced Thursday.

Written and directed by Perry, the comedy will star himself, Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely. The film follows Madea and the gang as they venture to a haunted campground and they must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.

Boo! A Madea Halloween” earned $28.5 million its opening weekend last October and went on to gross $73 million domestically. It also starred Bella Thorne.

The other “Madea” films. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Did Pedro Almodóvar Sign On to Direct a Netflix Series? — Report

20 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Pedro Almodóvar may have closed a deal to direct a television series for Netflix, Fotogramas reports. The project would be Almodóvar’s first experience directing a television series, though the filmmaker told Fotogramas he has previously been approached by several TV companies about projects for the small screen. No details about the project have been disclosed.

The news comes shortly after a short-lived controversy involving Almodovar and Netflix erupted at the Cannes Film Festival, where Almodovar presided over the jury. At the festival’s opening press conference, parts of a statement Almodovar gave in Spanish were lost in translation, leading some to believe that the filmmaker would not consider the two Netflix films (Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja”) for the Palme d’Or because they would not be screening in theaters in France.

“There’s nothing worse than being misunderstood or poorly translated, »


- Graham Winfrey

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Jessica Chastain To Star And Produce ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’

20 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sadly, this isn’t news about “The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman,” a still-gestating musical from Guy Maddin with the music of theatrical ‘70s rockers Sparks. But hey, a project called “Seducing Ingmar Bergman” with Jessica Chastain is a pretty good runner-up.

The two-time Academy Award nominee and current Cannes Jury member will star and produce “Seducing Ingmar Bergman’ through her Freckle Films shingle.

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- Edward Davis

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‘Baywatch’ Catches Estimated $4.5M Surf, ‘Pirates’ Previews To Come — Box Office Friday AM

20 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Paramount PicturesBaywatch‘s first day on the beach earned an estimated $4.5M (which includes $1.25M from Wednesday’s previews), according to two industry estimates, as the Memorial Day weekend goes full swing tonight.

The R-rated feature based on the TV show which stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron, is now in 3,647 theaters. Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales took to the sea last night at 7 Pm in previews before it sets sail in 4,276… »


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Cannes: Top European Theater Group Demands Theatrical Release for Film Festival Movies

53 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As the Cannes Film Festival wraps up its final few days, the Netflix issue arose once again when Europe's top theater group released a statement demanding that films playing in festivals all have a theatrical release.

"We believe that leading film festivals around the world should celebrate this social, cultural and economic relevance of cinemas," said the statement from the International Union of Cinemas ("Unic"), representing cinema associations and key operators across 36 European territories.

The statement underlined the importance it attaches to ensuring that films selected for competition at leading film festivals receive a theatrical release and supporting the »

- Rebecca Ford

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Cannes Talk: Producer Uri Singer of Passage Pictures

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

 

Producer Uri Singer launched Passage Pictures in 2016, taking its drama ‘Marjorie Primes,” starring Jon Hamm and Lois Smith,  to Sundance earlier this year. That film was picked up by FilmRise, which plan an awards push for Smith. Also in its slate: “I am Rose Fatou,” written by Ted Melfi (“Hidden Figures”), “Tesla,” which teams Singer up again with writer/director Michael Almereyda, and “Rich,” based on the book “King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich,” about the infamous billionaire oil trader who died in 2013.

 

What’s different about Passage Pictures?

I decided I had to sit through movies and watch them and I decided they had to be important to bring to the screen — passion projects that can have a bigger audience, and important stories. Like “Experiementer,” and movies like “Marjorie Prime,” “White Noise,” and Nikola Tesla biopic “Tesla.” That’s a challenge I embrace.

How do you navigate the difficult specialty market? »


- Carole Horst

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Pure Hearts’

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fresh voices in Italian independent cinema constantly struggle against an overwhelming tide of bigger-budgeted, better-distributed mediocrities, so it’s encouraging to see a film like “Pure Hearts” find a major festival berth, where the attention it receives might just filter through back home. Roberto De Paolis’ debut is a story of two marginalized young people afraid of what’s inside themselves: for Agnese, it’s the fear of sin, for Stefano, it’s the fear of powerlessness. Their unlikely meeting on the periphery of Rome starts a process of self-questioning that leads to both liberation and pain. De Paolis’ nonjudgmental depiction of their two worlds has a raw urgency that should find receptive audiences at festivals worldwide.

Strict but loving single mom Marta (Barbora Bobulova) isn’t the stereotypical fundamentalist parent, and Agnese (Selene Caramazza), 17, has a relatively normal life within the controlled limits of her church-based school and community. »


- Jay Weissberg

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Cannes Talk: Russell Levine, Route One Topper

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Russell Levine, who heads Route One, is heading for the Cannes Film Festival for the third time. Route One is a producer on “Colossal” starring Anne Hathaway, “The Circle,”  starring Tom Hanks, the Jenny Slate Sundance comedy “Landline,” which has sold to Amazon, and recently announced they are producing the Damien Chazelle script “The Claim” and the Fisher Stevens-directed project “Palmer.”

What was your most memorable meal in Cannes?

We had met a French producer during a meal at a bouillabaisse restaurant in Cannes and he asked me and my wife to come with them to a restaurant the next night. So we showed up and they said we were not properly dressed and [they] wound up buying us clothes. So that was by far my most memorable meal in Cannes.

 It is expensive to get to Cannes. What are the best reasons to go to Cannes?

Almost anything can happen. »


- Dave McNary

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Cannes Film Review: ‘I Am Not a Witch’

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Perhaps more beautiful and strange than wholly satisfying, it’s nonetheless easy to see why Rungano Nyoni’s debut film arrives in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar of Cannes trailing ribbons of new-discovery buzz. A defiantly uncategorizable mix of superstition, satire and social anthropology, it tells the story of a small Zambian girl who is denounced as a witch and exiled to a witch camp, where she is alternately exploited and embraced. Singular as that story might be, what makes “I Am Not a Witch” unique, however, is Nyoni’s abundant, maybe even overabundant directorial confidence. It’s rare and exhilarating that a new filmmaker arrives on the scene so sure of herself and so willing to take bold, counter-intuitive chances.

In the film’s elegant Vivaldi-scored opening, a tourist bus disgorges its passengers, including a large woman who is one of the only white people we’ll see. They file »


- Jessica Kiang

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11 Shows That Aren’t About Trump — But Totally Were (Photos)

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s tough to avoid the current political climate thanks to daily headlines that feel straight out of a reality show. TV series don’t have to address a specific current event, but they can be inspiration for core themes concerning politics, feminism, ideology or any number of things. To put it simply, shows this year talked about President Donald Trump… even if they didn’t do it directly. “Supergirl” The CW show is blunt about its ties to feminism. However, “Supergirl” stepped up its game in Season 2 with not-so-subtle jabs at the Trump presidency and the conversation around it, »


- Carli Velocci

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Watch Hannibal Buress' 'Late Show' Commencement Speech for Class of 2017

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Hannibal Buress doles out some depressing post-college advice for the Class of 2017 in a commencement speech engineered by the Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

"I will convey to you through a moving personal anecdote from my life. It will be a story that seems like it won't be immediately relevant to you, and you'll probably tune out for most of it, but by the end, it'll have a really deep message," the comedian says, mocking the commencement speech formula. "It's really gonna hit you. I swear, you're gonna feel it. »


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10 Hulu Originals You Should Be Watching, From ‘The Path’ to ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ (Photos)

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Streaming service Hulu might not get all the attention that Netflix or HBO does, but it’s turning out some quality shows that rival the big networks and streaming services alike. Here are 10 Hulu original series you should add to your list of binge-worthy titles. 10. “The Hotwives of Orlando” Sending up reality TV shows about real housewives, “The Hotwives of Orlando” is has some great casting, including Kristen Schaal of “Bob’s Burgers” and “Last Man on Earth,” and Angela Kinsey of “The Office.” It constantly gets to the best absurdity of reality TV with some great, ridiculous characters. 9. “ChanceHugh Laurie. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Radar Online Sues FBI Over Jeffrey Epstein Investigation Records

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The FBI needs to pony up its records on Jeffrey Epstein — at least, so says Radar Online, which is suing the bureau after allegedly being stonewalled on a Freedom of Information Act request. In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in New York, Radar Online asks for the production of the bureau’s records concerning “the agency’s investigation  and prosecution of Jeffrey Edward Epstein for sexually trafficking underage women. Defendant FBI has withheld these records despite a properly filed Foia request.” “Jeffrey Epstein is a billionaire financier, philanthropist, and sex offender. In 2005, Epstein became the subject of an undercover. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Netflix In June: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

What’s coming June 1: “13 Going On 30” The cult classic featuring Jennifer Garner as a 13-year-old trapped in a 30-year-old’s body will be on the streaming service at the beginning of the month. It’s worth watching for the “Thriller” scene if nothing else. What’s coming June 9: “Orange Is The New Black” We know you’ve been waiting for the fifth season of Oitnb. The entire season will be available to stream June 9. What’s coming June 17: “Grey’s Anatomy” So, with all that Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) has been through–like a plane crash and »


- Ashley Boucher

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Edgar Wright, Dwayne Johnson, Rian Johnson, Marc Webb, Lin-Manuel Miranda Plot Simon & Garfunkel Movie Universe

8 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sprawling cinematic universes have done boffo box-office business. “Star Wars,” Marvel comics, DC superheroes, and classic monster tales have all been mined for movie multiplex magic — with awesome auds turning out serious coin for congloms. Now another under-exploited IP may be ready for the silver screen — the song catalog of Simon & Garfunkel.

What began as an apparent joke on Twitter by “Baby Driver” helmer Edgar Wright has turned into an apparent joke on Twitter by Edgar Wright and a bunch of other people. On Friday, Wright tweeted, tagging fellow filmmaker Marc Webb, “I have ‘Baby Driver’ out in June & @MarcW has ‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ in August. Where is the ‘So Long Frank Lloyd Wright’ movie?”

Amazing. The Simon And Garfunkel Song Title Cinematic Universe is growing; The Rock confirms he will star in 'I Am A Rock'. pic.twitter.com/rmTC0v6yOd

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- Daniel Holloway

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Here’s Why 15 Sean Hannity Advertisers Say They Haven’t Dumped Him

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When news broke that several advertisers were withdrawing ads from Sean Hannity’s show this week, many in the media world wondered whether the Fox News host was headed for a Bill O’Reilly repeat. In April, O’Reilly, then the network’s most visible talent, was fired by Fox when advertisers fled his primetime show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” en masse after a sexual harassment scandal involving multiple reported victims became public. Hannity hasn’t been accused of sexual harassment, but he provoked a backlash this week over his continued peddling of a right-wing conspiracy theory surrounding the murder »


- Itay Hod

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Washington Post: Jared Kushner Sought Back Channel With Russians… Say Russians

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Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in December that Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, asked to set up a “secret and secure communications channel” between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, according to a new report by The Washington Post Friday. The claim comes from intercepts of conversations between Russia’s ambassador and Moscow. The request was to help shield the transition team’s discussions from the public and authorities, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports. According to the Post, Kislyak told higher-ups in Moscow that Kushner suggested the idea during a meeting »


- Itay Hod

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MSNBC President Phil Griffin Signs Multi-Year Contract Renewal

9 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

MSNBC president Phil Griffin has renewed his contract amid surging ratings, TheWrap has learned. Griffin, who has been with the cable news network since its inception in 1996, has signed a multi-year deal. He landed the role of president in July 2008. This comes at a time when the NBCUniversal-backed outlet’s ratings are on the rise. For the week ending on May 19, MSNBC beat Fox News and CNN in weekday primetime among both total viewers and the key news demo for the first time ever. Also Read: NBC News Unveils First Promo for 'Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly' (Video) MSNBC averaged 2.44 million. »


- Ryan Gajewski and Brian Flood

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