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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Plays Well at CinemaCon 2017

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Film franchises can be hard to sustain for a fifth installment, but Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” did not disappoint at CinemaCon on Tuesday night. While the crowd at the annual trade show in Las Vegas didn’t go so far as to give the film a standing ovation, the round of applause heard in the room made it clear that most in the audience felt the film met or exceeded their expectations. Directed by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg, the film and hits theaters on May 26.

Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Comes Out Swinging With New Footage at CinemaCon

New, last-minute revelations helped build up excitement for the sequel, as Disney dropped a featurette early on Tuesday that confirmed what many fans had suspected, that the character of Henry (Brenton Thwaites) is in fact the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).

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- Graham Winfrey

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Diverse Documentaries Under Attack as Congressman Questions Public Broadcasting ‘Agenda’

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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting may have a documentary problem.

At a House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, Cpb president/CEO Patricia Harrison heard mostly support from Congressional members on attendance. With House critics of funding for public broadcasting mostly absent, the focus was on how public radio and TV stations support education, veteran, health and safety issues across the country – particularly rural areas.

One Congressperson even asked Harrison how the Cpb would allocate its funds if its annual appropriation was doubled from its current level ($445 million annually). The hearing came just weeks after Donald Trump’s proposed budget suggested a complete elimination of Cpb funding.

Read More: PBS Will Likely Survive, But Trump’s Proposal Hits Stations Servicing His Own Rural Supporters the Hardest

The hearing was mostly devoid of fireworks, except when Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) took issue with a handful of recent documentary titles, such as “Baby Mama High, »


- Michael Schneider

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Summer Blockbusters Could Soon Head To Same-Day VOD — Here’s How

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After years of discussion and infighting, National Association of Theater Owners president John Fithian said the time for shrinking the current 90-day exclusive theatrical window is here — almost. It is possible, he said, to have “an exclusive theatrical window that accommodates the ability to sell home product aggressively.”

At a press conference following Fithian’s state-of-the-industry presentation at CinemCon on Tuesday, he confirmed ongoing behind-the-scenes negotiations with studios and theater owners about shrinking the theatrical window. As to how they will remodel the existing and archaic paradigm, that remains to be seen.

“Home-market revenues are our concern,” he said. “We want our distribution partners to make more money, so they can make more movies to put on our screens. Finding a way to grow the home market is important, because that grows the pie.”

Read More: CinemaCon 2017: The Industry is Set To Brawl Over the Netflix Effect and Home-Release »


- Anne Thompson

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Jonah Hill Directed a ‘Full House’–Esque Music Video for Danny Brown’s ‘Ain’t It Funny’ — Watch

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Jonah Hill has earned two Academy Award nominations, but what he really wants to do is direct. (And rap.) The actor has done just that in collaboration with Danny Brown, whose “Ain’t It Funny” video Hill helmed. Watch below.

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Filmed in the style of a bizarre, would-be wholesome sitcom reminiscent of a much darker “Full House,” the video stars Gus Van Sant and Joanna Kerns alongside Brown himself as Uncle Danny, the patriarch of a family that isn’t as PG as the Tanners. Hill’s enthusiasm for rap should be well known by anyone who saw him perform a few lines of “Jumpman” on “SNL” and/or play “Connect 4” with Kanye West.

Read More: Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill to Join Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant’s Cartoonist Biopic

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- Michael Nordine

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ Trailer: Al Gore Returns to Save the World Once Again — Watch

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Remember the halcyon days of 2006, when “An Inconvenient Truth” offered an urgent-but-hopeful view of not only climate change itself but what we can do to combat it? Al Gore returned to Sundance this year with “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” just as the current administration was taking office, including an Epa chief who doesn’t actually believe in climate change. See how optimistic you feel after watching the film’s new trailer below.

Read More: ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ Review: Al Gore Drops the Mic (Again) On Climate Change

Said trailer was unveiled as part of the documentary’s CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas. Bonnie Cohen and Jon Shenk directed the film, picking up where David Guggenheim left off as he followed Gore’s lecture tour more than a decade ago. “An Inconvenient Truth” was much-lauded, winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary and playing a part »


- Michael Nordine

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Aaron Sorkin Clarifies His Comments on Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

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As tends to happens when Aaron Sorkin speaks in public, people had mixed reactions to the Oscar-winning screenwriter discussing Hollywood’s diversity problem during a panel discussion last weekend. The “West Wing” creator and “Social Network” scribe clarified his remarks in Variety today: “Of course I am aware of the diversity problem in Hollywood,” he writes, adding that it was he who “brought the subject up Saturday morning and kept coming back to the subject.”

Read More: Aaron Sorkin Stunned by Hollywood’s Diversity Problem, Offers Help Any Way He Can

“Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men?” Sorkin asked the audience during the panel. “And you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on? You’re saying that if you are a woman or a person of color, you have to hit »


- Michael Nordine

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‘It’ Trailer: First Look At the Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 Novel Will Leave You Screaming — Watch

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New Line Cinema has release the first teaser trailer for its upcoming horror drama “It.” The clip first premiered on Saturday at SXSW, where attendees also got a chance to preview an entire scene from the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel.

Read More: Stephen King Has Seen ‘It’ and Says the Filmmakers ‘Have Done a Wonderful Job’

Directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), “It” is set in the fictional town of Darry, Maine, where seven kids, known as “The Losers Club,” will have to overcome life problems, including the bullying from other children. The clique also faces the haunting of a monster that takes the shape of an evil clown named Pennywise (played by Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård). 30 years later, they reunite to stop the clown once and for all. The film stars “Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard as a young Richie Tozier.

“It’s such an extreme character. »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Stars in a Dazzling Reboot That Lacks Character

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Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 cyberpunk opus, “Ghost in the Shell,” was one of the first Japanese anime titles to cross over to Western audiences, and it’s been reissued and repackaged so often since the millennium that it’s scant surprise studio execs seized upon it as reproducible property. Possibly it was a matter of waiting: for digital effects houses to get up to spec, the right deals to be struck, and any accusations of cultural appropriation to blow over. Paramount’s all-new live-action “Ghost,” powered by hefty reserves of American and Asian money, emerges as a dazzling logistical display with a missing file where the human interest might once have been stored.

Fans need not blubber unduly. As overseen by “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders, this transliteration would seem faithful enough to satiate those who just want to see favorite scenes and characters redrawn on the biggest screen imaginable. »


- Mike McCahill

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Stx, Vol. 2: Faith That ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Valerian,’ and Filmmakers’ Visions Will Build A Major Studio

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After two years, Stx Entertainment has “Bad Moms,” “The Gift” … and more than a half-dozen other titles that range from near misses (“Desierto”) to outright flops (“The Bye Bye Man”). Never mind, said motion picture group chairman Adam Fogelson at his studio’s CinemaCon presentation Tuesday. He’s more than confident that his studio’s next chapter — or as he called it, “Stx 2.0” — is filled with hitmakers.

Read More: Stx Entertainment Acquires Jonás Cuarón-Directed Tiff Winner 

Fogelson began by pointing to his studio’s early wins including “Bad Moms.” Starring Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell, it took in $113 million domestic on its way to becoming the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of 2016. A sequel, “A Bad Moms Christmas,” goes into production next month with a November 3 release date.

Fogelson noted that of the 10 movies Stx has released in 19 months, five have starred or were directed by women. “We have »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots

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ABC has released a new trailer for its upcoming documentary “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992.” The film is written and directed by John Ridley and will air on ABC April 28, following its theatrical release a week before, on Friday, April 21. The documentary marks ABC News’ first theatrical production and release.

Read More: One-Person Crew: The Pros and Cons of Making a Documentary By Yourself

The release of “Let It Fall” coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, which began in April 29, 1992 following the announcement of the “not guilty” verdict in the Rodney King case. The film takes viewers back 10 years before the riots to explore the events that led to the uprising, which left more than 60 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

The documentary features archival footage as well as exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people from different neighborhoods across Los Angeles who were directly involved in the events. »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Karl Marx City’ Review: A Woman Tries To Learn If Her Father Was An East German Informant In This Hypnotically Personal, Guy Maddin-esque Documentary

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The German Democratic Republic was the most intensely surveilled society in human history, and yet — as time marches on and the Cold War becomes nothing more than a memory, gray and alien — the fundamental irony of such a perfect spy state grows more striking by the day: By obsessively monitoring their friends and neighbors, the Gdr’s secret police were creating a perfect documentary of themselves.

For proof of that fact, look no further than Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker’s fascinating and necessary “Karl Marx City,” a vaguely Guy Maddin-esque swan-dive into the mysteries of life behind the Berlin Wall and the traumas of surviving it. A remarkable if occasionally unfocused work of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (“the process of coming to terms with the past”), this hypnotic autobiography leverages one woman’s fear to exhume the paranoia that once defined an entire country. In its haphazard search for facts, it »


- David Ehrlich

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Louis C.K. ‘2017’ Trailer: Netflix Presents Another Stand-Up Special — Watch

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Netflix’s stand-up selection continues to expand. A week after releasing Dave Chappelle’s first two comedy specials in more than a decade, the streaming service has dropped the trailer for Louis C.K.’s upcoming “2017.” Watch below.

Read More: Dave Chappelle’s Triumphant Return to Stand-Up is Upon Us in New Trailer for Netflix Specials

No footage of the actual jokes makes said trailer, but a press release assures us that “religion, eternal love, giving dogs drugs, email fights, teachers and more” will all be discussed by the “Louie” creator as he wears a suit and tie onstage in Washington D.C. Before taking the stage, C.K. sets a coffee mug down on a sheet of paper reading simply “this is it.”

Read More: Louis C.K., Albert Brooks Animated Series ‘The Cops’ Gets Greenlight From TBS

We may never get more episodes of “Louie,” but at least we’ll see more of Louis himself. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Trainspotting’ Author Irvine Welsh Writing New TV Series Based on Acid House Movement

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Irvine Welsh, author of the best-selling 1993 novel “Trainspotting,” has been tapped to pen a new TV series based on the birth of the acid house and rave music movement, as reported by Fact. Welsh’s screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh will co-write the screenplay.

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The series will be titled “Ibiza87” and will be inspired by the careers of the famous DJs Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling. It follows the story of the advent of the rave movement, from the trio’s famous trip to Ibiza in 1987 (after which they became known as “the Ibiza four” together with DJ Johnny Walker) to the summer of 1989, known as the Second Summer of Love, when acid music became the dominant sound in England’s club scene.

Read More: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Triumphs At the Box Office, While »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘True Detective’ Season 3: Despite Changes, the HBO Drama Still Has an Auteur TV Problem

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The long-gestating third season of “True Detective” appears to have a little extra juice in it, with word that creator Nic Pizzolatto has written two episodes and David Milch has joined as a producer.

Read More: ‘True Detective’ Season 3: HBO Says, ‘It Is Not Dead’

For those who loved the first installment, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two men investigating one crime over the course of years, the news might be exciting — but those who watched the second season might understandably be a little wary of the news.

That’s because “True Detective” Season 2 was further confirmation of a fact that savvy television viewers are more than aware of: Coming up with one good season of television does not make you a world-class showrunner.

This is especially true if one of the primary reasons for your show’s success — such as a key collaborator like Cary Fukunaga — departs. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Jungle’ Trailer: Daniel Radcliffe Treks Into the Amazon in Survivalist Thriller — Watch

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Courtesy of “Swiss Army Man,” Daniel Radcliffe’s reanimated corpse spent a lot of time in the forest last year. You can likely guess where the actor spends his time in “Jungle,” Greg McLean’s adaptation of the memoir of the same name by Yossi Ghinsberg. Watch the trailer below.

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“Have you ever been in the jungle?” Radcliffe is asked in the opening moments; the question seems to stir something him, and so he sets off into the Amazon alongside two friends, guided by the man who first posed the question (Thomas Kretschmann). This being a movie, it should come as little surprise that things don’t exactly go as planned for our intrepid explorers.

Read More: Why Daniel Radcliffe Deserves an Oscar For ‘Swiss Army Man

Alex Russell and Joel Jackson co-star in the film, »


- Michael Nordine

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As Theatrical Windows Threaten to Close, Indie Film Needs to Yank Its Fingers Out of the Way

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This year, the news coming out of CinemaCon bears watching with a closeness usually reserved for healthcare bills.

The prime topic sounds as wonky as they come: theatrical windows. That cozy phrase, which describes the grace period between a film’s theatrical release and when it’s made available for in-home consumption, has been weaponized. Studios are mulling the real possibility of closing theatrical windows in favor of allowing the audience to pay super-premium prices to watch first-run blockbusters at home.

If that’s the case, those windows are also poised to slam down on indie fingers — but the industry still has the opportunity to yank them out of the way. What it can’t do is believe that somehow the industry will remain the same.

Read More: 7 Filmmakers Turning Amazon Into An Art House Cinema Powerhouse

This time last year, Sean Parker’s The Screening Room created an uproar »


- Dana Harris

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Robert Rodriguez to Helm ‘Ugly Dolls’ Animated Film

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Robert Rodriguez is set to helm the animated film “Ugly Dolls.” The movie will be based on the popular plush toy line created by David Horvath via his Pretty Ugly LLC, and will launch Stx Entertainment’s family and animation division. The news was announced on Tuesday, during the Stx slate presentation at CinemaCon, as reported by Deadline.

Read More: Robert Rodriguez Will Direct ‘Escape From New York

“Ugly Dolls” will be produced by Stx and is slated to hit theaters May 10, 2019. Gigi Pritzker and OddLot will co-produce, and Horvath will serve as executive producer alongside his business partner, Drew Matilsky.

Read More: Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ Produced By James Cameron, Zeroing In On Female Lead

Rodriguez is known for titles such as “Spy Kids,” “Sin City” and “From Dusk Till Dawn.” He just wrapped shooting Fox’s action-adventure “Alita: Battle Angel.” The script for the film was »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Netflix, My Ass’: Sony’s Tom Rothman Throws Down the Gauntlet With ‘Blade Runner’-Sized Blockbusters

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“Netflix, my ass,” Sony Motion Picture chairman Tom Rothman said to the CinemaCon audience after screening a clip from “Blade Runner 2049” Monday night. As mighty oaths go, that disparagement of the streaming giant may not make the history books. However, it could serve as a battle cry for the struggling studio, which came in a distant fifth in studio market share last year.

A studio in transition is never a pretty picture, and Rothman knows his job is on the line. Although he’s attended this convention many times as co-chairman of Fox, Rothman is now tasked with moving this slow-moving studio ocean liner back into profitable waters.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner’ 2049: Sony Comes Out Swinging with New Footage

This has proved tricky, as disappointments such as “Passengers” didn’t deliver the audiences the studio banked on. Nonetheless, Rothman announced that dark sci-fi romance had just passed $300 million »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Paris Can Wait’ Trailer: Diane Lane Takes a Life-Changing Road Trip in Eleanor Coppola’s New Romantic Comedy

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming film “Paris Can Wait.” The romantic comedy marks the feature film directorial and screenwriting debut of Eleanor Coppola, the renowned filmmaker behind such documentaries as 1991’s “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” and 2007’s “Coda: Thirty Years Later.” The movie stars Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and Araud Viard.

Read More: Alec Baldwin Reveals Why He May Not Be Playing Trump Much Longer on ‘Saturday Night Live

In “Paris Can Wait,” Anne (Lane) has been long married to a successful movie producer (Baldwin) who pays little attention to her. While accompanying her husband on a work trip to Europe, she finds herself taking a ride from Cannes to Paris with one of his colleagues (Viard). What was supposed to bee a seven-hour car ride turns into a two-day road trip full of new adventures, sight-seeing, fine food, wine and eventually romance. »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Big Little Lies’ Soundtrack: Listen to This Soulful Playlist From HBO’s Addictive Mystery Series

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Excited for the finale of “Big Little Lies” on Sunday? Here’s one more thing to get you in the mood.

Listen to the Spotify playlist below for the songs heard on HBO’s addictive mystery series. Put these tracks on to immediately evoke the feel of living in Monterey, where looking at the ocean is a way of life. Shouldn’t we all have the privilege of chilling with our girlfriends at a seaside cafe while indulging in champagne and possibly a muffin?

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On the series, Reese Witherspoon plays busybody mother Madeline, who welcomes newcomer Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) to the seaside town of Monterey, California. Together with Celeste (Nicole Kidman), they form a tight group of friends who must deal with the drama at their kids’ school, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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