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Eurimages to support 27 films including Asghar Farhadi project

8 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Council of Europe’s cinema fund to award €7,104,430.

Eurimages, the council of Europe’s fund for co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinema, has announced it will support 27 films (including a documentary and an animation) for a combined €7,104,430.

The projects selected by the Eurimages board at its 147th meeting held June 19-23 are:

The Beast in the Jungle (Netherlands, Luxembourg) - Clara Van Gool (Netherland)A Woman At War (France, Iceland) -  Benedikt ErlingssonAsghar Farhadi’s Spanish Project(France, Spain, Italy) - Asghar Farhadi (Iran - France)The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Russia, Estonia, France) - Natalya Merkulova, Alexey ChupovThe Guest (Italy, Switzerland) - Duccio ChiariniIs This What You Were Born For? (Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria) - Radu JudeJade (Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland) - Sacha PolakMotherland (Lithuania, Latvia) - Tomas VengrisThe Magic Quill (Czech Republic, Slovakia) - Marek NajbrtAlice T. (Romania, Sweden) - Radu MunteanHistory of Love (Slovenia, Italy, Norway) - Sonja ProsencDogman (Italy, France) - Matteo »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Exclusive: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Concept Art Shows the Evolution of the Ghost Soldiers

27 June 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the neater aspects of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was the design of Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his band of ghost soldiers. The movie utilized a neat kind of underwater effect so that the partial bodies of the soldiers would always seem to be submerged even when they were on dry land. It was a nice way of differentiating this group of baddies from the skeleton pirates of the first film, Davy Jones’ crew from the second two films, and whatever the hell the bad guys were in the completely forgettable fourth movie. … »

- Matt Goldberg

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Italian distributor Lucky Red reveals ambitious production plans

27 June 2017 3:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Distributor plots move into genre and family movies, beginning with Asghar Farhadi’s upcoming thriller.

Italian distribution company Lucky Red is planning to ramp up its production operation, with a focus on genre and family movies.

At an event held in Rome yesterday (June 26) to mark the company’s 30th anniversary, founder and CEO Andrea Occhipinti said: “Distribution will remain our core business, but we want to become one of the most important production companies in Italy.”

“Production may be a good way not to be too dependent on acquisitions, since it’s becoming harder to get the good movies. Instead a good Italian film can make a big difference at the box office”.

One of the most prestigious projects that Lucky Red is co-producing is Asghar Farhadi’s untitled Spanish-language thriller starring Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darin (pictured, top).

As Screen announced during Cannes, the $12-13m project is a French-Spanish-Italian co-production with Lucky Red »

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Lucky Red reveals plans to become 'most important production company in Italy'

27 June 2017 3:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Distributor plots move into genre and family movies, beginning with Asghar Farhadi’s upcoming thriller.

Italian distribution company Lucky Red is planning to ramp up its production operation, with a focus on genre and family movies.

At an event held in Rome yesterday (June 26) to mark the company’s 30th anniversary, founder and CEO Andrea Occhipinti said: “Distribution will remain our core business, but we want to become one of the most important production companies in Italy.”

“Production may be a good way not to be too dependent on acquisitions, since it’s becoming harder to get the good movies. Instead a good Italian film can make a big difference at the box office”.

One of the most prestigious projects that Lucky Red is co-producing is Asghar Farhadi’s untitled Spanish-language thriller starring Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darin (pictured, top).

As Screen announced during Cannes, the $12-13m project is a French-Spanish-Italian co-production with Lucky Red »

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Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Sold to Lucky Red for Italy

26 June 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Italy’s Lucky Red has acquired Italian rights to Ridley Scott-directed kidnap drama “All The Money in the World” from Stx in the first announced sale of the hotly anticipated kidnapping thriller about the true 1973 abduction for ransom of J. Paul Getty III.

The potentially harrowing crime drama, which is currently shooting in Rome, stars Kevin Spacey as oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, who was reluctant to pay the ransom demanded by Italian kidnappers for his grandson; Michelle Williams as Gail Harris, the kidnapped teenager’s mother; Mark Wahlberg as the ex-cia negotiator brought on board to help negotiate; and rising star Charlie Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty III (pictured after his release) whose ear was cut off to coerce the family into paying.

In one of the standout deals of the Cannes market Stx in May took international rights to the potentially harrowing crime drama produced by Imperative Entertainment and Scott-Free »

- Nick Vivarelli

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How to Save the Dark Universe

24 June 2017 10:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Harrison Abbott on how Universal can save the Dark Universe

Whilst its international take is admittedly surpassing its domestic performance by quite some way, it is still reasonable to suggest that The Mummy hasn’t been the mega-hit that Universal were hoping for. Weighed down by astonishingly clunky exposition, countless instances of tonal whiplash and a certain high profile ego to contend with (not to mention that embarrassing PR blunder with the trailer audio), the film has been the deserving subject of bad word of mouth and a relentless onslaught of critical maulings. Suffice it to say, it has been something of a rocky journey for the first instalment in the fledgling ”Dark Universe”.

In case you need catching up to speed, this Dark Universe is essentially the latest attempt to revive all of Universal’s classic movie monsters. Many efforts have been made in the past to reboot these characters, »

- Harrison Abbott

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The Mummy Failed Due to Universal’s Bad Strategy

24 June 2017 6:49 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Universal Studios is hoping that their new “Dark Universe” will be the next McU. So far, they’re off to a weak start. The Tom Cruise action flick The Mummy, which is the official beginning to the “Dark Universe”, is seriously underperforming at the box office. The movie’s poor performance highlights a major miscalculation that will continue to derail the “Dark Universe” unless Universal changes its strategy.

We all know that every studio is trying to copy the success Disney has achieved with its massively profitable McU. Warner Brothers is doing their Dceu; Sony has plans for an expanded “Spider-Verse”, as well as a possible connected film series about Robin Hood and his Merry Men; And Universal is doing their “Dark Universe”. However, as we’re seeing in the last few years, it’s not as easy to create an extended universe as it may seem.

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The 25 Best Sexy Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ to ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’

23 June 2017 7:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s no secret that sex sells, and movies are no exception. But while plenty of films like to show gratuitous sex, they’re not always very good. That’s a problem, since movies have the power to shape not only the cultural norms, but personal ones. And what could be more personal than sex? Sexuality is an integral part of the human experience, not some sensational or shameful ploy to sell tickets (though it doesn’t hurt).

That’s why we think it’s important to single out the very best films that also happen to be incredibly sexy, titillating, and provocative. These are not only some of our favorite films in general, but they’re films that celebrate the broad spectrum of human sexuality while telling stories as cinematic as they are personal. Some don’t have any sex scenes at all, while some are notoriously near-pornographic. When these movies do show sex it is always in service of the story, and always in order to challenge, subvert, or celebrate contemporary beliefs about sexuality.

Turn on (and get turned on) by our list of the 25 best sexy movies of the 21st century (well, so far). You know you want to.

25. “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008)

Undeniably sexy and amusing at once, Woody Allen’s 2008 Spain-set dramedy delights in pushing its various players into all sorts of romantic permutations and configurations. Anchored by Scarlett Johansson in a sneaky performance as the eponymous Cristina (pre-breakout Rebecca Hall is her best pal Vicky), the film follows a pair of friends as they meet and make lots of love with the beguiling Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who isn’t at all thrown off by the possibility of having two lovely ladies in his bed. In fact, he’s got another one to think about too, his free-spirited ex-wife (Penelope Cruz), who he just can’t get out of his head (or heart). On the surface, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” is a dead sexy romp about free-wheeling love-makers (complete with plenty of naughty bits), but it’s also a film that boldly explores issues of fluidity and fidelity with an uncharacteristically easy touch. -Ke

24. “Shortbus” (2006)

With its three-person blowjob circle, non-simulated sex scenes including ejaculation, and close-up of a pee stream unleashing into a bathtub, “Shortbus” is not for everyone. It’s an ambitious film, one that attempts to have fun, be sexy, and tell a good story. If anyone could pull it off, it would be the man behind “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” John Cameron Mitchell. “Shortbus” feels as much like an ensemble comedy as a playful experiment, though the two main characters are a sex therapist who’s never had an orgasm and a retired gay sex worker experimenting with opening up his relationship. With their partners, they both begin attending a weekly artist and sex salon, each hoping inspiration will strike. Mitchell wanted to use sex in new cinematic ways, “because it’s too interesting to be left to porn.” If it’s interesting sex you want, “Shortbus” has got it. -Jd

23. “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)

The end of this film is so movingly profound that your memory of it might not be that it was all that sexy. The love between these two men, buried under their rugged cowboy exteriors, ends with what can only be described as a sense of life-defining tragedy. Yet it is those brief moments where they let themselves go and unleash their animalistic passion, which “Crouching Tiger” director Ang Lee captures in his normal visceral fashion, that add a level of eroticism and physically affection that nearly makes all the pain worth it. Ennis and Jack rotate from almost fighting, as they pull at each others’ denim-clad exterior, to moments of being naked and incredibly tender. It’s virtually every cowboy fantasy rolled up into one. That they can only be themselves in the privacy of the great outdoors makes everything that much more liberating. Watching this film in 2005 felt taboo and rebellious, which resulted in a charged atmosphere in packed mainstream cineplexes around the country. -Co

22. “In the Cut” (2003)

Jane Campion’s handle on female desire has always been one of her best attributes as a director (and she’s got a lot of them), but nothing in her filmography is as overtly sexy and emotionally challenging as her 2003 Meg Ryan-starrer “In the Cut” (and that includes “The Piano,” which has a sexiness and eroticism all its own). Our first introduction to Ryan’s character is rooted in her coming to heady terms with her own sexuality, a theme that carries over throughout the often grisly drama. Increasingly drawn to Mark Ruffalo as a moody detective looking to solve a local murder that Frannie is tangentially involved in, Ryan’s character pushes the boundaries of “acceptable” desire. It’s a theme that Campion giddily plays into with some of modern cinema’s most satisfying and profound sex scenes, many of which center on — gasp — Frannie’s own pleasure over that of Ruffalo’s character. -Ke

21. “Hustle & Flow” (2005)

Craig Brewer’s crowdpleaser about a pimp dreaming of music fame is anchored by strong performances from Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Taryn Manning. Howard plays Djay, while Henson and Manning are Shug and Nola, two of his girls. Hot-tempered and passionate, Djay begins making tracks with his friend Key (Anthony Anderson), and discovers he has a gift for lyrics. The catchy original soundtrack helps sell the story, as Djay’s songs seem to actually have a chance at getting radio play. While the strip club setting provides ample shots of semi-nude women, Djay and Shug’s sweet romance gives the film its emotional core and shows a softer side to Djay (and his temper). Their undeniable chemistry leads the previously timid Shug to throw down a sexy hook, her raspy croon on “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” making Henson’s star power glaringly obvious. -Jd

20. “Beyond the Lights” (2014)

Chemistry is the name of the game in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s freight-train fast music industry romance, which pairs up rising starlet Gugu Mbatha-Raw (pure charm) alongside pre-“Birth of a Nation” Nate Parker. The pair exhibit major fireworks from the start, imagining Mbatha-Raw as hot new pop star Noni Jean, a big talent who is dangerously close to burning out and fading away, before she falls into the protective arms Parker’s do-gooder cop, Kaz Nicol. Prince-Bythewood’s film cannily sneaks in big questions about fame and the entertainment industry, along with issues regarding what’s actually sexy (Noni Jean is frequently kitted out in teensy costumes that make record execs happy, while diminishing her own humanity with every stitch), deep issues that are lovingly cradled by full-scale love story. When the pair finally give into their obvious attraction, “Beyond the Lights” pulls out the big guns, all gauzy love scenes and one particularly hot trip to Mexico, but the film maintains its sensuality by remembering that nothing is so sexy as mutual respect and admiration. -Ke

19. “In the Mood for Love” (2000)

Every Wong Kar-wai movie contains a kind of visual sensuality in every frame, but “In the Mood for Love” goes one step further — its slow-burning romance between a pair of would-be lovers who live across the hall from each other in sixties-era Hong Kong is rich with unobtainable desire. Much is left unsaid and unachieved about the fantasy of an extramarital affair shared by Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung), but the hints of attraction between them, unfolding in small gestures and passing glances, imbues each scene with the intensity of emotions specific to a period of repression. It’s a grand tragedy of issed opportunities framed by erotic implications. —Eric Kohn

18. “Ex Machina” (2014)

If you like high-tech voyeurism and intellectual sparring, you might find Alex Garland’s cerebral sci-fi thriller unearthing some hidden desires. An affable young programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), is invited to the secluded jungle home of the CEO of his company, Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to participate in a top-secret experiment. Nathan wants to know if the cyborg he has been developing, Ava (Alicia Vikander) can convince Caleb that she has real consciousness. The tension is ripe between Nathan and Caleb as each attempts to alternately impress and control the other, but it is Caleb’s obsession with saving Ava that raises questions about the hero myth. Ava is the embodiment of male fantasy, trapped within a body invented to please and serve. As the two men fight over who best understands her mind, it turns out Ava was pulling the strings all along. There’s nothing sexier than a woman in charge. -Jd

17. “Quills” (2000)

It’s easy enough to get sucked into “Quills” based on the promise of Joaquin Phoenix playing an earnest (and incredibly sexy) young priest tempted by his attraction to a chambermaid. But somehow, much like Kate Winslet’s Madeline, we fall under the spell of the charismatic Geoffrey Rush, who plays his role as the Marquis de Sade with a deliciously dirty panache befitting the notorious French writer. The Marquis’ libertine ways run counter to the no-nonsense Royer-Collard (Michael Caine), who takes over the asylum with the intention of stifling the writer’s creative output. But even his own wife is no match for the words of the Marquis, which ooze both sensuality and liberty. Before long, any initial apprehension to the Marquis de Sade (he is a dirty old man, after all) is fully given over to the hope that his debauchery will win out, and that his desire, as well as that of Madeline and Coulmier (Phoenix) will be fully fulfilled — even though we know this is impossible. -Jr

16. “A Bigger Splash” (2015)

Watching “A Bigger Splash” feels like observing a sizzling chess game of attraction. Luca Guadagnino sticks Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Dakota Johnson on the world’s most gorgeous island and lets the sparks fly. Swinton plays a world-famous rock singer vacationing with her lover, a chiseled Schoenaerts who is practically a walking and talking sculpture of male beauty. Their time together is disrupted by the arrival of the rocker’s former lover and his daughter, a promiscuous young 22-year-old. Each character is so ready to succumb to sexual desire and so pent up with sexual attraction that Guadagnino creates the ultimate emotional orgy. The fun is in seeing how each person uses their sexuality to outsmart the next. You’ll be seduced from the first frame to the last. It feels like you’re watching each actor for the very first time. -Zs

On the next page: wild adventures in Florida, some of the century’s most jaw-dropping pairings, and at least one murder. 

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Johnny Depp Made An Awful Trump Assassination Joke, Proving It’s Time For A Break

23 June 2017 6:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Johnny Depp needs to go on an extended hiatus. Fresh off the record-low totals for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the actor appeared at the Glastonbury Festival in southern England on Thursday for a screening of his 2004 drama “The Libertine,” and he only had Trump on the brain while making his introduction.

Read More: Johnny Depp Rejected an Early Draft of the Upcoming ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sequel Because it Had a Female Villain

“Can we bring Trump in?” Depp asked the crowd during his opening remarks. “I think Trump needs help. There are a lot of dark places he could go. I’m not insinuating anything – by the way this will be in the press and it will be horrible – but when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

We’re not positive Depp knows the answer to that question (the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth), but we do know that Depp probably shouldn’t be making assassination jokes abroad. He has every right to crack this kind of joke with his friends and family, but doing it on a global stage in a foreign country isn’t in good taste at all. Remember what happened when the Dixie Chicks joked about Bush?

“Don’t worry, I’m not an actor, I lie for a living,” Depp said after his joke, but that didn’t prevent it from leaving a bad taste in many people’s mouths.

Watch Depp’s Glastonbury appearance below.

The White House has made an official statement in reaction to Depp’s remarks.

Wh official sends this response to Johnny Depp comments –> pic.twitter.com/571ELQqo9t

— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) June 23, 2017

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Olivier Martinez Signs With Apa (Exclusive)

22 June 2017 6:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Olivier Martinez has signed with Apa, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The French actor is best known stateside for his role as Diane Lane’s lover in Adrian Lyne’s 2002 adultery drama Unfaithful. His performance in 1993’s Un, deux, trois, soleil won him the Cesar Award, France’s highest film honor, for most promising actor.

Martinez most recently starred on National Geographic Channel’s Mars. His other feature credits include Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls (starring opposite Javier Bardem); S.W.A.T., opposite Colin Farrell; Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie; Dark Tide (where he met former wife Halle Berry); and The Physician »

- Rebecca Sun

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Olivier Martinez Signs With Apa (Exclusive)

22 June 2017 6:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Olivier Martinez has signed with Apa, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The French actor is best known stateside for his role as Diane Lane’s lover in Adrian Lyne’s 2002 adultery drama Unfaithful. His performance in 1993’s Un, deux, trois, soleil won him the Cesar Award, France’s highest film honor, for most promising actor.

Martinez most recently starred on National Geographic Channel’s Mars. His other feature credits include Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls (starring opposite Javier Bardem); S.W.A.T., opposite Colin Farrell; Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie; Dark Tide (where he met former wife Halle Berry); and The Physician »

- Rebecca Sun

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Cannes Winning Best Actor and Lanthimos' Quirky 'Family' Thriller Academy Award Chances?

20 June 2017 7:38 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'120 Beats per Minute' trailer: Robin Campillo's AIDS movie features plenty of drama and a clear sociopolitical message. AIDS drama makes Pedro Almodóvar cry – but will Academy members tear up? (See previous post re: Cannes-Oscar connection.) In case France submits it to the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, screenwriter-director Robin Campillo's AIDS drama 120 Beats per Minute / 120 battements par minute, about the Paris Act Up chapter in the early 1990s, could quite possibly land a nomination. The Grand Prix (Cannes' second prize), international film critics' Fipresci prize, and Queer Palm winner offers a couple of key ingredients that, despite its gay sex scenes, should please a not insignificant segment of the Academy membership: emotionalism and a clear sociopolitical message. When discussing the film after the presentation of the Palme d'Or, Pedro Almodóvar (and, reportedly, jury member Jessica Chastain) broke into tears. Some believed, in fact, that 120 Beats per Minute »

- Steph Mont.

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The Mummy Is a Huge Flop That Could Cost Universal $95M

20 June 2017 5:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Things are not looking great for Universal's The Mummy. The movie, which stars Tom Cruise and wound up being his biggest global opening ever ($169.3 million), is set to lose a whole lot of money for the studio, which is the absolute last thing they were hoping for. That usually goes without saying, but since The Mummy was intended to be a launching pad for Dark Universe, their shared monster movie universe, this is extra bad. So how bad is it? Well, the movie could lose as much as $95 million, when all is said and done.

According to Deadline, after consulting with a number of film finance sources, The Mummy comes with an estimated price tag of $345 million, which factors in the production budget and global marketing. Their estimates have the movie topping out at $375 million worldwide, with only $75 million coming domestically, which is the main problem here. As Deadline points out, »

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First X-Men: Dark Phoenix Set Photo Brings Back the Danger Room

19 June 2017 4:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After actress Sophie Turner revealed in February that the next X-Men movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will shoot later this year, it seems we're getting closer and closer to a production start date. While it still hasn't been confirmed when principal photography will get under way, a new photo has surfaced from the set, which seems to tease that filming will start soon. Another photo has also confirmed that Sophie Turner herself has in fact arrived in Montreal, after a photo surfaced on social media with her and a fan.

The Jen Law Films Twitter posted this first image from the set, and while there is no confirmation that this set is in fact the Danger Room, it certainly seems likely. The Twitter account, which follows all of Jennifer Lawrence's films, also reveals that Nicholas Hoult has arrived in Montreal for the shoot, but there is still no official word on when filming may begin. »

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John Landis Says Universal’s Dark Universe Disrespects Its Monsters

19 June 2017 11:46 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Legendary writer-director John Landis can be a divisive figure, but when it comes to ‘monster movies,’ his expertise is beyond reproach. Not only is he a world authority on the subject, but he also has a long-standing professional association with Universal, which is currently building its Dark Universe around monster movie remakes and re-imaginings. So, when John Landis says these films are disrespectful to their monsters, it’s time to sit up and take notice.

In his younger days, Landis worked his way up from the 20th Century Fox mailroom to become a director in his own right – making his debut in 1973 with Schlock, which was an homage to ‘monster movies.’ His long association with Universal began in 1978, with National Lampoon’s Animal House, and went on to include titles such as The Blues Brothers, Into The Night, Amazon Women On The Moon, Blues Brothers 2000 and An American Werewolf In London. »

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits $650 million worldwide

19 June 2017 6:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is showing some steady sea legs at the box office, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales having pushed its worldwide haul to $650 million this past weekend.

The film, directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and released in the UK as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, has grossed a modest $150 million domestically – over $90 million less than the previous instalment On Stranger Tides, which was itself a franchise low. However, it has been performing very well on the international stage, where is has grossed a further $500 million, including $145 million from China alone.

Worldwide, Dead Men Tell No Tales is now just $4 million short of the total haul of the first instalment, The Curse of the Black Pearl, which earned $654.3 million back in 2003.

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Dead Men Tell No Tales about this ‘Pirates Grog’

17 June 2017 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

With Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hitting UK cinemas last month, what better time to launch a brand new line of rum? After all, a pirates favourite drink is rum right? Right!

The latest Pirates… movie sees infamous constantly drunk pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) face off against his old rival, Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) – who just happens to be one of the undead! Salazar, along with an army of deadly ghost sailors, escapes from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, »

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50+ Famous, Sexy Silver Foxes

15 June 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Yes, yes, we're all familiar with Christian Grey, but now it's time to talk about some other hot gray guys who have major sex appeal. Whether they have just a smattering of silver in their facial hair, like Brad Pitt, Idris Elba, and Javier Bardem, or have let their whole heads go gray (we're looking at you, John Slattery), these men prove that you don't have to live by the dye to be seriously sexy. RelatedHere's What 14 Hot Celebrity Guys Would Look Like on a Date With You »

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Dark Universe Cast Photo Was Photoshopped

15 June 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As Doc Brown might inflect, 'That is some pretty mediocre photographic fakery!' No, they didn't cut off Johnny Depp's hair. But as we're learning today in a scathing report against Tom Cruise and the production of The Mummy, the image that Universal Pictures sent out to announce their monsters franchise Dark Universe is a fake. A fairly decent one, but it's still not real.

Variety's report on The Mummy is a blistering take down of Tom Cruise and his dictatorship like ways when it comes to making any movie. Apparently he's a micro-manager who basically directed the first entry in the Dark Universe himself, always looming over director Alex Kurtzman's shoulder, telling him what to do at every turn. He had full artistic control over the project, if we're to believe the report. It sounds like Universal knew they were in trouble, and as a last ditch »

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Tom Cruise Blamed for The Mummy Tanking at the Box Office

15 June 2017 12:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal launched its new Dark Universe franchise with The Mummy reboot, which boasted the star-power of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe in a world where they will bring several iconic monsters and creatures back to life, in present day. The studio didn't quite get the results it was looking for at the domestic box office, with a lackluster debut of $31.3 million, debuting in a distant second place to Wonder Woman ($58.5 million) in its second weekend. The movie was also a dud with critics, with a paltry 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with many wondering how a movie with so much talent behind and in front of the camera, could fail so badly. A new report claims that a majority of the blame should be placed on Tom Cruise's shoulders, due to the immense amount of creative control he had on the project.

Variety reports that Tom Cruise had almost complete »

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