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‘Tomorrowland’ Nosing Out ‘Pitch Perfect’ For No. 1; ‘Mad Max’ Holds Strong; ‘Ultron’ To Cross $400M – Box Office Saturday

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3rd Update, Saturday 11:00 Pm:  Tomorrowland grossed around $11.7M to $12M today compared to Pitch Perfect 2‘s estimated $10.7M to $11M to push the musical comedy away from the No. 1 position for both the 3-day and 4-day weekend. Sunday will be another strong moviegoing day because of the Memorial Day holiday. If the trajectory holds, odds are that Disney’s sci-fi extravaganza will gross anywhere between $32M and $33M for the 3-day compared to PP2‘s estimated $29M to… »


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How Director Rick Famuyiwa Grew ‘Dope’ – Cannes Q&A

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Rick Famuyiwa is one of the most profitable voices in African American cinema at the box office with such titles as The Wood ($6M cost, $25M domestic) and Brown Sugar ($8M cost, $27.4M domestic). However, when he went to shop his comedy Dope about a high school senior's zany mission to escape the confines of his Inglewood, CA urban neighborhood for the Ivy league walls of Harvard – think Martin Scorsese's After Hours meets Clueless but in a different L.A. environ — the… »


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Michael Fassbender In ‘Macbeth': A Pair Of Clips From Cannes

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Tonight’s screening of Macbeth winds up the presentation of movies in competition for Cannes‘ top prize, the Palme d’Or, which will be announced Sunday. Directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, the film has been rapturously received by many critics, although that’s not necessarily a barometer for traditionally finicky (or quirky, take your pick) juries at the festival. Screenwriters Jacob Koskoff… »


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Un Certain Regard Winners: ‘Rams’, ‘The High Sun’, ‘Treasure’ & More – Cannes

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Isabella Rossellini’s Un Certain Regard jury has given its top prize to Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams (Hrutar). Set in a remote Icelandic valley, the comedy centers on two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years, but who must come together in order to save their prized sheep. This is the second year in a row that an animal-themed film has won Ucr’s top nod — the canine cautionary tale White God was last year’s victor. New Europe Film Sales is handling Rams. The Jury Prize went… »


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‘Son Of Saul’ Wins Fipresci; Ecumenical Jury Honors ‘Mia Madre’ – Cannes

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As the prizes continue to roll out here in Cannes, Hungarian helmer Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing Holocaust drama Son Of Saul has been awarded the Fipresci prize in the main Competition. The honor, handed out by the International Federation of Film Critics, comes a day ahead of the official prize ceremony. Son Of Saul is the only title by a first-time filmmaker in the Competition while Nemes was a Deadline Director to Watch this year. The film has sold well for Paris-based Films… »

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Hot Cannes ‘Circle’ Package Imperiled As Alicia Vikander In Talks To Star In ‘Assassin’s Creed’, New ‘Bourne’ Film

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Exclusive– One of the hottest Cannes pic packages — the Tom Hanks-Alicia Vikander-starrer The Circle — is in the process of being reconfigured as the star of that young actress soars after her performance as the beguiling robot in Ex Machina. The Swedish actress is in talks to star in two major new tentpoles: Assassin’s Creed, the Justin Kurzel-directed New Regency live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game; and the new Jason Bourne picture opposite Matt Damon with… »


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Barbet Schroeder On Robert Durst, ‘Amnesia’ & Why He Hasn’t Made A Hollywood Pic In 13 Years – Cannes Q&A

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Barbet Schroeder returned to the Cannes Film Festival for Amnesia which played on Tuesday in the Special Screenings section. And while the title sounds like it belongs to the suspense genre Schroeder is known for, Amnesia is quite a departure from the morally ambiguous characters the director has painted throughout his career (notably Claus von Bulow in 1990’s Reversal of Fortune, which earned  Jeremy Irons an Oscar for his portrayal of the leather-loving socialite)… »


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‘Southpaw’ Screening Pumped Up By Fest Chief Thierry Frémaux – Cannes

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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… »


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Guillermo Del Toro On Enthralling & Energizing Jury Experience – Cannes Q&A

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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… »


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Studiocanal & Switzerland’s Impuls Enter Output Deal – Cannes

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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 FrearsLance Armstrong drama The Program; We Are Your Friends starring Zac Efron; 3D… »


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Marty Pasetta Dies: Longtime Director Of Academy Awards Telecasts Was 82

22 May 2015 9:25 PM, PDT

Marty Pasetta, best known as director of Academy Awards telecasts for most of the 1970s and ’80s, has died. Pasetta died after he was struck by a car he had just exited Thursday night in La Quinta, CA. He was 82. The driver of the car had dropped off Pasetta and another passenger, and subsequently exited the car but left the transmission engaged, according to the Desert Sun. The car then struck both passengers. Pasetta died at the scene and the other passenger was… »


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New ‘Black Mass’ Trailer: Parenting Advice From Whitey Bulger

22 May 2015 7:41 PM, PDT

We won’t know until September if Black Mass, the long-overdue biopic about notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, is going to be any good, but the trailers, at least, are riveting. The newest features Johnny Depp’s spectacularly creepy take on Bulger, seen here dispensing life advice to a 6-year-old, strolling around his neighborhood, and of course straight up killing people willy nilly. Black Mass spans the 1970s, 80s,  and early 90s, depicting how Bulger, a… »


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Melissa McCarthy Staying At CAA

22 May 2015 5:30 PM, PDT

Updated: Almost two months after the bombshell move of CAA’s top comedy talent agents to UTA, including Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak, I’ve learned that the last remaining A-list client in play, Melissa McCarthy, has made her choice, and she is staying with CAA. McCarthy had been with Heyman and Lesak for the past 5 years as she saw her career explode. She joined CAA shortly after landing the female lead in Mike & Molly, which would earn her an Emmy Award, and her… »


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‘Jurassic World’ Tracking Like ‘Man Of Steel’ – But How Many $100M+ Openings After That In Summer 2015?

22 May 2015 2:44 PM, PDT

Tracking for the next installment in the Universal Pictures franchise Jurassic World came out yesterday, and it looks like it’s heading for a $100 million-$130 million opening, in line with Warner Bros.Man Of Steel which opened to $116.6M in the summer of 2013. Man Of Steel ended its domestic run with $291M. From the tracking we are looking at right now, total awareness for the film is in the 90% range and unaided awareness is higher than Warner Bros.’ big disaster… »


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‘Mr. Holmes’ Lawsuit: Arthur Conan Doyle Estate Sues Bill Condon & Distributors

22 May 2015 1:55 PM, PDT

What would the Great Detective have Dr. Watson and the Baker Street Irregulars do with this case? On the eve of the 156th anniversary of the birth of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author's often litigious estate this week hit director Bill Condon and co-distributors Miramax and Roadside Attractions in federal court with a copyright and trademark infringement complaint over the upcoming Mr. Holmes. The estate wants a plethora of unspecified damages… »


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Swoosie Kurtz On ‘Mike & Molly,’ Mom And Her First Tony Award Nomination

22 May 2015 1:19 PM, PDT

Exclusive: I met Swoosie Kurtz for the first time in the brief lull between her first Tony nomination and her first win. Almost immediately I asked her to marry me. Didn’t matter that I was married at the time. Didn’t matter that we were somewhat blazed and not alone (everyone was blazed and as I recall, everyone of every sexual predilection was asking for Swoosie Kurtz’s, um, hand in marriage). We were young, the environment was bohemian, to employ a euphemism, and all… »


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Martha Coolidge: Blaming DGA For Lack Of Female Directors Is “Dangerous Side-Path”

22 May 2015 12:02 PM, PDT

Veteran director Martha Coolidge, a former president of the Directors Guild of America, wholeheartedly supports the Aclu's call for an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into the woeful underemployment of female directors. But she says the civil rights group was wrong to blame the DGA for the problem. "The DGA has worked harder and thrown more money at trying to solve the problems of discriminatory employment than anyone else in the industry," she told… »


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Tim Roth’s Certain Regard For ‘Chronic’ Filmmaker Turns Into Ultimate Cannes Connection

22 May 2015 11:35 AM, PDT

The winner for Un Certain Regard, the Cannes Film Festival’s second-most prestigious competition, will be announced Saturday. And if what has happened to 2012 winner Michel Franco (for After Lucia) is any indication, that filmmaker could be in for some big things ahead. Franco, just three years later, is in the main Competition — for which awards will be handed out in a glamorous televised ceremony Sunday — with his quite remarkable new movie Chronic. And in a way, he… »


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Directors’ Fortnight Winners: ‘My Golden Days’, ‘Mustang’, ‘Serpent’ – Cannes

22 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

Following Critics’ Week last night, more prizes are beginning to roll out here at the Cannes Film Festival. Directors' Fortnight is a non-competitive sidebar, but partners of the Société des Réalisateurs Français, the French directors' group that organizes the event, do attribute honors. Tonight in the section, the Sacd Prize, which is awarded by France’s equivalent of the Writers Guild, has been given to Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse (My Golden Days) by Arnaud… »


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Michael Nyqvist Logs On For Indie Thriller ‘I.T.’ – Cannes

22 May 2015 10:35 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Michael Nyqvist has joined the cast of I.T., the indie revenge thriller that Pierce Brosnan is toplining and producing. He joins a cast that’s shaping up to be a good one, with Brosnan, Stefanie Scott, James Frechville and Anna Friel already aboard. In the John Moore-directed pic, Brosnan plays a self-made man who has it all: A gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art smart home. His company is on the verge of changing the… »


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