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‘Tomorrowland’ Earns $725,000, ‘Poltergeist’ Scares Up $1.4 Million on Thursday Night
Disney opted to limit the Thursday showings of the George Clooney sci-fier to what it dubbed “movie palaces” in order to highlight director Brad Bird’s vision. It noted that “Tomorrowland” scored a $1,077 theatre average, which would have given it $2.7 million had it played on 2,500 screens and $3.2 million if it had been launched at 3,000 theaters — placing it in the same range as “World War Z” and “Tron: Legacy” with $3.6 million, “X-Men: First Class” at $3.3 million, “Inception” at $3 million, and “Interstellar at $2.7 million.
“Tomorrowland,” which carries a $180 million price tag, opens Friday at 3,972 U.S. locations. It’s on track to debut to $40 million for the three-day weekend and around $50 million for the four-day period. “Tomorrowland” also opens in 65 foreign markets.
“Poltergeist,” a remake of the 1982 haunted house classic, »
- Dave McNary
Now You See Me 3 Heads into Development; Lionsgate Sees Magical Franchise
Even though the film was painfully disappointing considering its outstanding cast, Now You See Me was a bit hit for Lionsgate, and the studio has moved forward on Now You See Me 2. Even though the sequel, officially titled Now You See Me: The Second Act, won’t arrive until next summer, the studios is now developing Now You See Me 3. Variety reports that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts, “We’ve already begun early planning for ‘Now You See Me 3,” during a conference call to discuss quarterly earnings. Production recently wrapped on Now You See Me: The Second Act, which stars Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, and Daniel Radcliffe, and it will be interesting to see how the cast for the sequel lines up. The sequel lost Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, and Melanie Laurent, but gained Caplan and Radcliffe. If Lionsgate wants to make this a legit franchise, »
- Matt Goldberg
Broad Green Pictures Acquires Brad Furman's 'The Infiltrator'
Broad Green Pictures has announced the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Brad Furman's "The Infiltrator." Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman and based on the autobiography by Robert Mazur, “The Infiltrator" stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez and Amy Ryan. The film's synopsis reads: "Based on the true story of a fearless operative, 'The Infiltrator' is a heart-stopping account of one of history's largest and most elaborate stings. Set amidst the lavish excess of the 1980's, 'The Infiltrator' tells the story of undercover Us Customs agent Robert Mazur (Cranston) Aka Robert Musella, who became a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. He traded on mob connections to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them. Laying his life on the line, he infiltrated the »
- Casey Cipriani
New Captain America: Civil War Set Photos Reveal Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is currently filming in Atlanta, and it’s pretty much a free-for-all as far as set photos go. The sequence that’s underway began with Chris Evans’ Cap battling Frank Grillo’s Crossbones, but as the production has worn on, more and more actors have been showing up to set. Today’s new batch includes Paul Rudd (in his non-Ant-Man costume), Elizabeth Olsen (in her non-Avengers Scarlet Witch costume), and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. Additionally, an official set photo was unveiled by Jeremy Renner whose Hawkeye gets in on the action, and the photo reveals the production logo for the highly anticipated Avengers movie Captain America sequel. So, if you feel so inclined, take a look at the latest batch of set photos from Captain America: Civil War below. The film opens in theaters on May 6, 2016 and also stars Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, »
- Adam Chitwood
Meet the First-Time Director Behind 'Son of Saul,' the Holocaust Drama That Wowed Cannes
Read More: Cannes Review: Terrifying 'Son of Saul' is Unlike Any Holocaust Movie You've Seen Before A few weeks before this year's Cannes Film Festival, most of the film world hadn't heard about Hungarian director László Nemes. That all changed when his bracing first feature, "Son of Saul," screened in competition early in the festival. The intense drama follows a prisoner at Auschwitz, a member of the Sonderkommandos tasked with disposing of dead bodies, attempting to bury the body of what he believes to be his dead son. Shot mostly in closeups with a visceral intensity and an immersive environment, "Son of Saul" offers a far more immediate portrait of Holocaust terror than other treatments of the topic to date. The movie was an instant success with many critics at the festival, quickly landing distribution with Sony Pictures Classics and generating hype as a potential front-runner for the festival's Palme d'Or. »
- Eric Kohn
Cannes concludes with call-to-arms on climate change: ‘To not tackle the issue through film would be criminal’
The director and star of a film about one of the scientists who proved the contribution of greenhouse gases to global warming have urged audiences and movie-makers to recognise the urgency of action required – a message which has found echoes throughout the festival
The Cannes film festival has ended with a question: “Now you know, what are you going to do about it?” Such are the final words of the closing night film, Ice and the Sky, which implores its audience to recognise the urgency of action required on climate change.
Related: Ice and the Sky review - powerful eco doc fronts up to climate change deniers
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- Catherine Shoard
Watch: New Footage In 2nd International ‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer; Michael B. Jordan Addresses Internet Haters
In case you missed the requisite drama and outrage: comic book fans freaked when “Fruitvale Station” actor Michael B. Jordan landed the part of the Human Torch because the original character Johnny Storm is Caucasian and Jordan is African American. In the comics he is also the brother of Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman, and so how does that work? It doesn’t really matter, fans were just maddened that 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank changed the race of the original character. Actor Michael B. Jordan has stayed mostly silent about the backlash until now in an Entertainment Weekly where he’s basically said to the haters, come at me, bro. "You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero,” he said in his open later. “But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond »
- Edward Davis
Watch: Andrew Niccol on Drone Warfare and the Realities of 'Good Kill'
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Good Kill," is available now On Demand.] How loyal are our drone pilots to their cause, really? What happens when they start to question the ethics of drone warfare? These are just a few of the controversial questions raised in "Good Kill," the new film from writer-director Andrew Niccol, which follows a drone pilot who becomes disillusioned with his video game-esque job when he realizes the extent of the damage his work inflicts. Ethan Hawke ("Boyhood") stars as the drone pilot alongside January Jones ("Mad Men") as his wife and Zoë Kravitz ("Divergent") as a fellow pilot. "Good Kill" is notable in that it looks at a different--though no less controversial--side of drone warfare: how it affects the pilots and their families. After the film's premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film »
- Becca Nadler
Jenji Kohan and the 'Orange is the New Black' Cast on Season 3, Emmy Drama and Body Positivity
Motherhood. Faith. Responsibility. Unexpected. Volatile. Badass. These are a few of the (and, let's face it, some of the only) words that the "Orange is the New Black" show creator Jenji Kohan and her cast used to describe the Season 3 arcs of Netflix's dark horse hit about the inhabitants of a women's prison in upstate New York. "I've been saying it's a season of faith and motherhood," said Kohan at a Netflix For Your Consideration event for "Orange is the New Black" on Wednesday. Selenis Levya, who plays Gloria on the show, agreed, saying "you're going to get to see what happens when a mother is protecting her own, and when she's protecting what she's created in prison to be her own." Kohan joined Levya and her fellow cast members Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Laverne Cox for a post-screening panel discussion and Q&A at »
- Becca Nadler
Cannes uncovered: day 11 - Shakespearean tragedy, overpriced DiCaprio dinner, uncomfortable kisses!
It’s getting progressively tougher to remember a time before Cannes. What did we do? Where did we live? What did we talk about? The Croisette has become our home, workplace and drunken stumbling ground but not for much longer. The final weekend has arrived and we’ll soon be forced to readjust to normal life with reasonably priced food and people who actually give helpful directions. But until then ...
Macbeth has its moments. Fassbender is committed. Kurzel cannot always escape the theatricality of it all. #Cannes2015
MacBeth, a fully accomplished film that's not without gimmicks (red filters?) and over-dramatizations. Very impressive nonethls #cannes2015
The Little Prince: Beautiful stop motion rendition »
- Benjamin Lee
Cannes: Kino Lorber Scoops U.S. Rights to Jia Zhangke’s ‘Mountains’ (Exclusive)
Beating several distribs to the chase, Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to “Mountains May Depart,” the episodic drama by Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke. The film played in competition Wednesday in Cannes.
The film is sold by France’s MK2, which represented the director’s previous picture “A Touch of Sin,” which was in Cannes’ competition in 2013.
At Cannes, MK2 also sold “Mountains May Depart” to Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Korea (JinJin Pictures), Poland (Against gravity) and Colombia (Babilla).
Previous sales were closed for Canada (Films we Like), Spain (Golem), Italy (Cinema), Benelux (Cinemien), Greece (Ama), Taiwan (Joint entertainment), Brazil (Imovision), Middle East (Moving Turtle), South East Asia (Astro), Turkey (Calinos), Inflight (Encore), Tunisia (Hakka), Ex Yugoslavia (McF Megacom), Portugal (Midas).
Other territories such as Scandinavia, Switzerland, the UK and Argentina are in discussions, per Juliette Schrameck, MK2’s head of international sales.
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- Patrick Frater and Elsa Keslassy
Michael Fassbender: 'Macbeth suffered from Ptsd'
The star of Justin Kurzel’s version of Shakespeare’s great tragedy tells the Cannes film festival that the warrior-turned-murderer’s treachery is the result of battle fatigue
The actor, who plays Shakespeare’s tragic warrior in a new film adaptation by Australian film-maker Justin Kurzel, said the director helped him realise it was the cumulative effect of months of grisly battle that drives Macbeth to murder his king after the war is over.
Related: Macbeth review: Fassbender and Cotillard full of sound and fury in significant Shakespeare adaptation
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- Henry Barnes
Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard
Brooding, dense and consistently magnificent to an almost self-defeating degree, Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth" is a bloody, muddy, mighty adaptation of one of Shakespeare's mightiest plays. Kurzel whose only previous film, the excellent but confined "Snowtown" could have given us no real idea that he was capable of such tectonic gravitas, does not offer a reinterpretation of the text so much as a head-first plunge into its depths, dredging up whole chunks of Shakespeare's verse and raising them aloft like he's ripping the beating heart from a mastodon. The words are honored almost as written, but the images, which must surely see "True Detective" cinematographer Adam Arkapaw come barrelling into the awards race, are where Kurzel tells the story, and are where he makes his most significant and inventive decisions. Aided by intensely committed performances from a uniformly brilliant cast all fielding Scottish accents, Kurzel's genius is to be able to find. »
- Jessica Kiang
‘Southpaw’ Screening Pumped Up By Fest Chief Thierry Frémaux – Cannes
Cannes Film Festival chief (and judo black belt) Thierry Frémaux, hosted a private screening of Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw here last night with star Jake Gyllenhaal turning up for the event. The Weinstein Co boxing picture had been in talks for the Official Selection, but was then agreed to be held back after its star was picked to serve on the jury. Harvey Weinstein showed footage at TWC’s annual preview event early in the festival. TWC releases domestically on July… »
Guillermo Del Toro On Enthralling & Energizing Jury Experience – Cannes Q&A
With one title left to screen, the Cannes Film Festival is beginning to wind down and the jury is poised to enter its final deliberations before announcing this year’s prize winners on Sunday evening. Earlier this week, we had the chance to chat with jury member Guillermo del Toro about his experience as part of what is arguably the world’s most prestigious film panel — this year led by co-presidents Joel and Ethan Coen. There are no spoilers here since we clearly… »
Cannes: Studiocanal, Impuls Pictures Announce Output Deal
Cannes –Adding another building block to the most powerful indie distribution structure in the world, Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has signed an output deal for Switzerland with indie film distributor Impuls Pictures on all Studiocanal international productions.
The news comes as The Weinstein Company U.S. pick-up “Macbeth,” co-financed, distributed and sold by Studiocanal world premiered at Cannes to impressive reviews, and the Studiocanal-sold “Early Man” and competition player “Mon Roi” have near sold out at Cannes.
The Studiocanal-Impuls pact takes in Studiocanal’s flagship titles at Cannes such as Aardman’s Nick Park-directed “Early Man,” unveiled just before the market, Stephen Frears’ “The Program” (pictured) with Ben Foster, “We Are Your Friends,” nWave’s “Robinsoe Crusoe,” the latest Ben Stassen 3D movie, and the “Untitled Doanald Crowhurst Project,” from James Marsh, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.
Studiocanal’s Marsh and Pierre Mazars, VP intl. sales »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Studiocanal & Switzerland’s Impuls Enter Output Deal – Cannes
Following a strong Cannes market that saw it virtually sell out on Nick Park's prehistoric stop-frame feature Early Man, Studiocanal has entered an output deal with Switzerland’s Impuls Pictures. Impuls will now have Swiss distribution rights to all Studiocanal International Productions. The deal includes Early Man and other upcoming titles like Bastille Day with Idris Elba; Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama The Program; We Are Your Friends starring Zac Efron; 3D… »
Murderous 'Macbeth' Is Perfect Fit for Justin Kurzel (Video)
Though you wouldn’t really expect the director of "Snowtown" to adapt "Twelfth Night" or "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Justin Kurzel is a perfect fit for "Macbeth." Graduating from Critics’ Week to Cannes competition with Harvey Weinstein behind him, the Australian also segues comfortably from real-life serial killers to one of Shakespeare’s most notorious head cases. This is just the intelligent and intense sophomore feature we’d hoped for. By casting Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as the murderous couple unhinged by ambition, Kurzel guarantees a sexy, subtle, mesmerizing centre to his film. What’s surprising is how unusually Scottish the ‘Scottish Play’ has become in his hands, from location work amid fiercely beautiful landscape and torrid weather to the diction; it’s fitting that in a year when Scotland has asserted its strength in British politics, Macbeth has been freed of Rp. The opening scenes establish an approach. »
- Demetrios Matheou
Cannes Review: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard Salvage Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth'
Read More: Watch: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard Coronate and Conquer in First 'Macbeth' Clips From the moment a blue baby is presented as the first image it's clear this new adaptation of "Macbeth" will be a visual marvel. Even the onscreen text, which informs the audience that the rebel Macdonwald is trying to overthrow King Duncan, arrives with ample panache — the text pulls up to slowly reveal a red blood sunset and a silhouetted figure of our titular hero.Unlike in Shakespeare's text, however, we get to see the battle that takes place upon the Scottish bens. Director Justin Kurzel introduces the grave-faced anti-hero, played by Michael Fassbender in a gladiatorial rendition of the man who would be king. With mud on his face obscuring some of the cuts and bruises, the actor looks like he's spent a few weeks cage fighting preparing to be the Scotsman. »
- Kaleem Aftab
Cannes Film Review: ‘Macbeth’
As the shortest, sharpest and most stormily violent of William Shakespeare’s tragedies, “Macbeth” may be the most readily cinematic: The swirling mists of the Highlands, tough to fabricate in a theater, practically rise off the printed page. So it’s odd that, while “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet” get dusted off at least once a generation by filmmakers, the Scottish Play hasn’t enjoyed significant bigscreen treatment since Roman Polanski’s admirable if tortured 1971 version. The wait for another may be even longer after Justin Kurzel’s scarcely improvable new adaptation: Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it’s a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period. Though the Bard’s words are handled with care by an ideal ensemble, fronted by Michael Fassbender and a boldly cast Marion Cotillard, it’s the Australian helmer’s fervid sensory storytelling that makes this a Shakespeare pic for the »
- Guy Lodge
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