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Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Dominates Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’
Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” is cruising to it third straight box office crown with $18.5 million at 4,077 North American sites this weekend, doubling the opening of Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle.”
Saturday estimates showed Pantelion’s romantic comedy “How to be a Latin Lover” over-performing in its debut with $12 million at only 1,118 venues. Great India Films’ launch of Bollywood action sequel “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” — a sequel to 2015’s “Baahubali: The Beginning” — is also showing impressive results with $9.1 million at just 450 locations.
“The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in Universal’s sturdy “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, has dominated the domestic box office for the past two weeks. The ensemble actioner, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Charlize Theron, should wind up the weekend with nearly $192 million in its first 17 days.
“The Circle,” jointly handled by Stx and EuropaCorp, is heading for about $9.3 million at 3,163 locations. »
- Dave McNary
Amazon & Netflix Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winners- Full List
Internet networks Netflix and Amazon topped their linear counterparts at the 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Southern California, on Friday, April 28. Amazon took home 13 statuettes, followed by Netflix (11), CBS and PBS (9), NBC (8), HBO (5) and Own (4). Among individual programs, Netflix’s Trollhunters nabbed the most wins, 6, followed by NBC’s Days Of Our Lives, PBS’ Odd Squad, HBO’s Sesames Street and… »
Netflix Hacker Also Claims Theft From ABC, Fox, IFC, National Geographic
The hacking group that goes by the name The Dark Overlord doubled down on its piracy of the new season of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” by claiming to have absconded with content from four other networks as well.
ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC were specifically cited in a tweet issued late Friday from the Twitter account of the hacker, with a chilling warning: “Who is next on the list? Fox, IFC, Nat Geo, and ABC. Oh, what fun we’re all going to have. We’re not playing any games anymore.”
Who is next on the list? Fox, IFC, Nat Geo, and ABC. Oh, what fun we're all going to have. We're not playing any games anymore.
— thedarkoverlord (@tdohack3r) April 29, 2017
The Dark Overlord, also self-described as Tdo on a long screed the group posted online, according to piracy blog Torrentfreak, which broke the story. The Twitter account where the four networks were »
- Andrew Wallenstein
‘The Mummy’ Star Sofia Boutella in Talks to Join Jodie Foster for ‘Hotel Artemis’ (Exclusive)
Simon and Stephen Cornwell are producing for The Ink Factory, which will also finance. Pearce, whose writing credits include “Iron Man 3” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” will direct from his own script. The logline is under wraps.
The project is expected to launch international sales next month at the Cannes Film Festival.
- Justin Kroll
Hacker Threatens to Release New Season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’
A hacker who claims to have stolen the new season of “Orange is the New Black” is threatening to release the episodes online, unless Netflix pays an undisclosed amount of money, Variety has confirmed.
“We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved,” Netflix said in a statement.
Using the alias The Dark Overlord, the hacker reportedly stole other TV shows in the breach, according to the AP, and may have already uploaded the first episode of “Orange Is the New Black” Season 5 to an illegal file-sharing website.
The F.B.I. is said to be investigating the matter. »
- Variety Staff
Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks Reflect on ‘Philadelphia,’ Jonathan Demme at Tribeca Film Festival
Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks were the main event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night (April 28), taking the stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for an hour-long discussion about writing, performing, directing, and even mourning. “The strongest union of our two names is from the motion picture ‘Philadelphia,'” said Hanks, who won an Academy Award for his leading role in the film about being afflicted with AIDS. “God bless [director] Jonathan Demme. We just lost him.” (Demme died earlier in the week at the age of 73, following a long battle with cancer.)
Springsteen also took home an Oscar for the 1993 movie, for Best Original Song. Demme, he shared, first came to asking him to write “more of a rock song.” Said Springsteen: “I tried for a day or so to come up with something, and I didn’t come up with anything. I had some lyrics, and eventually, »
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Already Has a Sequel Idea in Mind
With the first “Wonder Woman” film less than five weeks away, the film’s director, Patty Jenkins, is thinking ahead and already has a sequel idea for the Amazonian Warrior’s next standalone adventure. “I’m excited for her to come to America and become the Wonder Woman we are all familiar with from having grown up around her as an American superhero,” Jenkins told the Toronto Sun. “I’d like to bring her a little farther along into the future and have a fun, exciting storyline that is its own thing. Wonder Woman 1 is so much about her becoming the person she. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Strike Watch: How Hollywood Labor Strife Would Affect Your Favorite TV Shows
The WGA’s master contract with Hollywood’s major studios is set to expire at midnight on Monday. If no new agreement is in place, striking writers could be marching with picket signs the next morning — instead of writing TV shows.
A writers strike would not mean that all television would suddenly be thrust into reruns. But some effects would be immediate, and a lengthy walkout could have a huge impact across the dial.
Late-night, where writers’ rooms are open year-round, would be the first television sector affected. “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Conan,” and “The Daily Show” would go dark immediately — though they might not stay dark for long. David Letterman, whose Worldwide Pants production company owned “Late Show” and “Late Late Show” a decade ago — cut a separate deal with the WGA that allowed him and Craig Ferguson to return to the air during the 2007-08 strike with their writing »
- Daniel Holloway
'Reservoir Dogs' at 25: Quentin Tarantino and Cast Reveal Little-Known Facts at Tribeca Reunion
Mr. White, Mr. Orange, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink and Mr. Brown paid a visit to the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino was joined by fellow castmembers Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Steve Buscemi for a panel following a screening of the epic heist film at New York City’s Beacon Theater.
The Hollywood Reporter also spoke to the cast ahead of the packed event, which screened a 35mm print of Reservoir Dogs from Tarantino’s personal archive. Here’s what the the guys in the black suits revealed about the groundbreaking »
- Jackie Strause
Judge Permits White Alabama Town to Secede From School District
A federal judge ruled in favor of a predominantly white Alabama town seceding from a multiracial school district to start its own district, raising concerns about a possible push for segregation. Judge Madeline Haikala of the U.S. District Court in Birmingham ruled that Gardendale may take steps toward secession, according to a report by The Washington Post. “Race was a motivating factor in Gardendale’s decision to separate from the Jefferson County public school system,” the judge wrote. Haikala ruled in favor of separation because she fears students from mostly black North Smithfield who get bused to Gardendale schools would get “the. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Cannes: French Cinema Producers Union Supports Netflix's Festival Inclusion
The union representing French film producers has come out in support of Netflix’s acceptance into the Cannes film festival after the National Federation of Cinemas (Fncf) protested and demanded big screen release of the streaming services' films.
Netflix produced Bong Joon Ho’s Okja and bought Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories just three days before the film festival’s lineup announcement, when it was already widely tipped to be in the selection.
In a compromise move seeking to pacify the Fncf, Netflix announced Wednesday that it will seek a very limited day-and-date release for the films in France, applying for temporary permits to show the film. Under that scheme, »
- Rhonda Richford
‘The Leftovers’ episode 2 video recap: ‘Don’t Be Ridiculous’/’Perfect Strangers’ crossover [Watch]
For this final season of “The Leftovers,” Gold Derby will be presenting weekly recaps with our staff of writers and editors (watch above). This week I am joined by our host Riley Chow and editor Rob Licuria to break down the plot twists, highlights and Emmy prospects of Season 3, Episode 2, titled “Don’t Be Ridiculous.” (Watch last week’s video recap of Episode 1, […] »
- Amanda Spears
NY Comic Con Ticket Pre-Sales Bring Out Easily Excitable and Hilarious Fans
Tickets for New York Comic Con went on pre-sale Saturday morning and, as expected, hopeful attendees were more than a little happy about it. “To everyone who is trying to get tickets today #Nycc… may the Force be with us,” one person of the scores stuck in the “waiting room” to purchase tickets tweeted. New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City. New York Comic Con attracted over 185,000 Fans in 2016 and. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Studio Negotiators Meeting Saturday in Advance of Resuming WGA Talks Sunday
The AMPTP studio alliance and studio personnel themselves are meeting Saturday to formulate an offer to the Writers Guild of America ahead of talks scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Those talks, including the rare weekend session, come as negotiators seek to avert a writers strike threatened for as early as Monday night (Tuesday 12:01 a.m.), when the existing contract expires. Knowledgeable observers are split on the likelihood of a walkout.
On the one hand, the parties seem far apart, with a roughly quarter-billion dollar gap separating the guild’s demands, which the union has estimated at $468 million over three »
- Jonathan Handel
‘Trollhunters,’ ‘Days of Our Lives’ Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners
The toon series inspired by Guillermo del Toro’s book of the same name took six trophies, including writing for an animated program (Marc Guggenheim) and directing (Rodrigo Blaas, del Toro). Kelsey Grammer added another Emmy to his collection for his voice work in the series.
“Days of Our Lives” grabbed five wins, as did HBO’s “Sesame Street,” PBS’ “Odd Squad” and the digital “The Bay the Series.” Longtime “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” exec producer Harry Friedman was honored with the lifetime achievement kudo during the ceremony held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
- Variety Staff
Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island Tease Fyre Festival-Type Comedy
Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island are capitalizing on the failure of the now-infamous Fyre Festival. Following Ja Rule and investor tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland’s ridiculed Bahamian concert series, the comedians announced on Twitter Friday that they are working on a movie with a strikingly similar scenario.
Fyre Festival was touted as a “luxury” music festival with scheduled performances from acts like Blink-182, Migos, Major Lazer, Pusha-t, and Disclosure. However, after headliners Blink-182 canceled last minute Thursday night, concert-goers quickly realized the Exumas event was a disorganized mess.
Disgruntled ticketholders shared images of the disarray on social media, prompting organizers to apologize. Ja Rule admitted to being “heartbroken” by the failed fair, which some disappointed music fans have even been calling a scam.
This seems like »
- JD Knapp
Fyre Festival Organizers Apologize: ‘We Were Simply in Over Our Heads’
A day after the epic disaster known as the Fyre Festival got some scathing press, the organizers are trying to offer an explanation and apology for the now-canceled event. It was touted as a luxury music festival, with some VIP packages on sale for up to $250,000 and other packages including a private yacht. Entrepreneur and Fyre Festival co-creator Billy McFarland spoke up late Friday after the festival bore the brunt of some intense scrutiny. McFarland offered a full explanation of what went wrong, in his own words: Also Read: Kendall Jenner Gets Shredded on Social Media for Promoting Fyre Festival »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Seth Rogen, Lonely Island Making Fyre Festival-Like Film
Following the Fyre Festival fiasco, Seth Rogen revealed that he and the comedy troupe the Lonely Island were secretly working on a movie that shared a similar plot with the canceled fest.
"This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with [The Lonely Island] about a music festival that goes Horribly Wrong," the actor tweeted (via The Hollywood Reporter).
'Gook' Director Justin Chon Reflects on L.A. Riots: "In ’92, Everybody Was Angry"
Gook, the second directorial feature from Justin Chon, tells the story of the 1992 Los Angeles riots from a perspective seldom covered in mainstream media: that of Korean Americans, whose own simmering tensions with their African-American neighbors came to a violent head in the aftermath of the Rodney King trial verdict.
Chon, whose acting credits include the Twilight saga, 21 & Over and Seoul Searching, sets his film on April 29, 1992, and bases it in part on the experience of his father, whose shoe store in Paramount, Calif., was looted during the riots. In the story, Eli (played »
- Rebecca Sun
Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’
Were you Team “Moonlight” or Team “La La Land”? Now you don’t have to choose. As vibrant as it is vital, Manhattan-made indie “Saturday Church” tells the all-too-common coming-out story of a young black gay man … as a musical, blending elements of those rival best picture nominees into a winning new combination. While hardly as accomplished as either, writer-director Damon Cardasis’ colorful, you-are-not-alone debut should delight Lgbt audiences — especially young ones — thanks to a handful of dynamically choreographed identity-empowerment ballads that would be right at home on either next year’s Oscar ballot or a NYC vogue ball playlist.
In recent years, the challenges facing trans youth have garnered so much public attention, you’ve surely heard a story like Ulysses’ before — although you’ve never heard it quite like this, as Cardasis’ goosebump-inducing songs (composed and co-written by Nathan Larson) elevate this otherwise familiar tale to a higher realm. »
- Peter Debruge
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