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Weekend Report - 'Tomorrowland' Takes Sleepy Memorial Weekend
Opening in 3,972 locations Tomorrowland took in a lower than expected $40.7M just beating out Pitch Perfect 2 and its projected $37.9M in what proved to be a drowsy four-day Memorial weekend frame. The Brad Bird/George Clooney collaboration ended up the 22nd biggest Memorial opener of all time, sitting somewhat ignominiously behind 2013's Epic ($42.8M) and ahead of 2010's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time ($37.8M). Without a strong tentpole to anchor it the holiday frame looks to be down 19% Yoy. Internationally Tomorrowland opened in 65 territories (56% of the total available) and made $26.7M for a $58.8M worldwide cume. It opened at the #1 spot in Russia and Mexico, and has yet to open in major markets such as Spain, Australia, China, Japan, Korea and Brazil. Still, it's not the greeting that Disney received for its other attraction-based film, Pirates of the Caribbean, whose third film in the series, At World's End, »
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And the Cannes Film Festival Winners Are...
The Cannes Film Festival is the most prestigious film festival in the world, and its top prize, the Palme d’Or, is film's highest honor. Consequently, people have really fervid feelings about what they think should win. Regardless of which film takes whichever award, it’s usually controversial. This year, the main competition jury, considered by some to be one of the best juries in the festival’s long, illustrious history, was headed by Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski), and featured Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Jake Gyllenhaal, Xavier Dolan (Mommy), Sophie Marceau, Rossy de Palma, Rokia Traoré, and Sienna Miller. Here are the films that won at this year’s Cannes, as reported by Indiewire. Let the angry think pieces commence.Palme d'Or: Dheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard Grand Prix: Son of Saul, directed by Laszlo Nemes Best Director: Hou Hsiao »
- Greg Cwik
Brian Grazer Pays Tribute to ‘A Beautiful Mind’ Subject John Nash
“A Beautiful Mind” producer Brian Grazer was among many who were shocked by the news that Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia were killed Saturday in a car crash in New Jersey.
Grazer, who produced the Oscar-winning 2001 biopic directed by his Imagine Entertainment partner Ron Howard, realized that the end for the couple, while tragic, was in keeping with how they spent virtually every moment of their lives — together. Alicia was the grounding force that helped John overcome mental illness and other obstacles to articulating what proved to be innovative theories on incredibly complex topics.
“Their lives ended together in the same way that they lived,” Grazer told Variety. “Theirs was a such a brilliant collaboration. Alicia was so powerful in enabling him to have his moments of triumph. His life was really hard. The beauty came from the power of their love to create those triumphs. »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Mission: Impossible 6′ Already Developing at Paramount?
Audiences won’t be feasting their eyes on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation until July 31st, but that’s much earlier than the initial Christmas release that Paramount Pictures had planned. And in addition to being unable to wait to release the sequel in theaters, the studio is also jumping the gun on development of yet another […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Why Pete Docter's 'Inside Out' Was So Tough to Make Into Must-See Pixar
Pete Docter is accustomed to working in a collaborative way with the Pixar dream trust on his films, from "Up" to "Inside Out." But as the director, he was the one on the line when a powerful emotion--fear--told him that the movie wasn't ready to hit its scheduled dates. It needed more time. Now that he's shown the film out of competition at Cannes, where it roused both audiences and critics to enthusiastic ovations, he can relax a bit. But it isn't easy to take an original idea--what happens inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl when she turns toward adolescence--and mold it into an accessible, entertaining, lively, funny, unpredictable animated movie that plays well for both kids and adults. "Inside Out," which finally opens stateside on June 19, was postponed from its scheduled 2014 release, which meant that 2014 boasted no Pixar release at all, while 2015 has two. It was worth waiting for. »
- Anne Thompson
The Secret History of Ultimate Marvel, the Experiment That Changed Superheroes Forever
A reboot is a delicate thing. When a once-profitable franchise of characters becomes stale, outdated, or overly complex, there will always be voices calling for the slate to be wiped clean: to take the characters back to their basics, retell their origin stories, make them contemporary. But all too often, those rebooting efforts are laughable, pandering failures. Ultimate Marvel was the rare exception. It was a compendium of stories that saved the company that launched it, revolutionized the comics medium, and became the foundation of the multi-billion-dollar Marvel cinematic empire.It began as a Hail Mary maneuver. Ultimate Marvel was a publishing experiment launched by Marvel Comics — the superhero-comics company that had invented the Avengers, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and countless other icons — during its darkest hour. The idea was simple: Launch various comics series where all the famous Marvel characters are young again and just starting their superhero careers in »
- Abraham Riesman
Cannes: Nd Mantarraya Sources Wild Bunch, Films Distribution, Le Pacte (Exclusive)
Cannes – Mexico’s Nd Mantarraya has snagged Wild Bunch’s “Our Little Sister“ and “My Golden Years” and Films Distribution’s “My Mother” and “Lamb,” as well as Le Pacte’s “Valley of Love” and “Brand New Testament.”
In a total nine-title raid, Nd Mantarraya, Mexico’s biggest arthouse distributor, also closed with The Match Factory on “Cemetery of Splendor,” directed by Apichatpong Weerashatul, with Memento Films Intl. for Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” and with Ndm, Nd Mantarraya’s sister sales company, on Jonas Carpignano’s “Mediterranea.”
Buys serve to highlight some of Cannes’ bestsellers. Films Distribution has now sold out the world on “My Mother,” an Alchemy U.S. pick-up, from a long sales run-in beginning at Berlin, even before Cannes selection.
- John Hopewell
Johnny Depp Could Face Up to 10 Years in Prison for Smuggling His Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol Into Australia
Australia takes its quarantine laws very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that Johnny Depp could live to regret his decision to illegally bring his dogs into the country. An Australian Senate committee was told on Monday that if the matter goes to court and the 51-year-old actor is found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison or a maximum fine of $265,000. Depp, who had been filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Queensland, injured his hand in March and flew back to the U.S. to undergo surgery. When he returned in April via a private jet, Depp did not declare his Yorkshire Terriers, Boo and Pistol, breaking the country's strict quarantine laws. In fact, according to The »
Hollywood Gender Imbalance, Even if Suspect, May Be Difficult to Challenge (Analysis)
In the wake of an Aclu call for a government investigation of gender disparities among movie and TV directors, legal experts surveyed by The Hollywood Reporter cautioned that widely used recruiting practices in Hollywood could easily have discriminatory effects, but most felt it would be hard to hold studios, networks and talent agencies liable. Directors are seldom if ever hired via websites, search firms and other methods common for jobs in corporate America, as the Aclu noted in its letters last week to three state and federal anti-discrimination agencies. Instead, word of mouth recruiting and talent agency director lists
- Jonathan Handel
Dennis Feldman’s Guide to Hollywood Boulevard’s Fantastic Weirdos, 1969–72
“I would walk Hollywood Boulevard with this Rolleiflex camera,” remembers Dennis Feldman. “I would say to someone, ‘Would you mind if I take your picture?’ They would usually ask me ... ‘How do you want me to be?’” His new book Hollywood Boulevard came out of that. It’s a time capsule of the long-ago outlandish. He captured Southern California characters who strutted up and down the Walk of Fame between 1969 and 1972 with square-format portraits. “I kind of made this book in 40 years, and I also made this book, I guess, in the last two,” he says. “There’s a famous story where William Goldman supposedly wrote a screenplay in two weeks, and he explained that ten years earlier he had written a first draft and put it in a box, and he’d taken it out ten years later and wrote it in two weeks of intense work. He »
- Ian Epstein
Rumer Willis, 26, and Demi Moore, 52, Look Like Twins
Rumer Willis has good genes! The actress poked fun at her striking resemblance to Demi Moore via Instagram Monday. In the picture, the mother-daughter duo wore matching jumpsuits and black-rimmed glasses. "That moment when you realize you actually are becoming your mother #twinning #imnotmad," Rumer joked in the photo caption. Rumer, 26, and Demi, 52, have a close relationship. In fact, after Willis won the twentieth season of Dancing With the Stars last week with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Demi told Us Weekly, "I'm thrilled!" The proud mom added, "I think that she worked hard and she earned it and I'm really out of words. I'm just so happy for her, I really am. She's »
Charter to Buy Time Warner Cable in $78.7 Billion Deal
Charter Communications has confirmed that it will buy Time Warner Cable in a deal that valued at $78.7 billion. The mega merger sets Charter up as a formidable rival to Comcast Corp. in the cable and broadband service arena.
The agreement hammered out in the four weeks since Comcast withdrew its $45 billion acquisition offer for Tw Cable works out to a pricetag of $195.71 per share for Tw Cable shareholders, based on Charter’s market closing price on May 20.
The combination will give the enlarged Charter a footprint of 23.9 million subscribers in 41 states, notably the prime markets of New York City and Los Angeles where Tw Cable is entrenched. By comparison, Comcast has 27.2 million subscribers, nearly 23 million of which are traditional video subs.
The complicated Charter-tw Cable transaction includes a $10.4 billion deal to buy Bright House Networks, the cable operator that has long been managed by Tw Cable. It also calls for »
- Leo Barraclough
A$AP Rocky’s Album Is Here Ahead of Schedule
A$AP Rocky released his sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, a week earlier than planned late Monday night. The record was originally supposed to drop June 2, but Rocky inexplicably tweeted a few hours before midnight (in all caps, as is tradition) that those plans had changed: "Official album release in stores and online @ midnight tonight, thanx for listening, hope yalh enjoyed." And then the 18-track album found its way onto iTunes and Spotify even before midnight. Wow, double surprise! It's here with features by Future, M.I.A., ScHoolboy Q, Lil Wayne, and even Yeezus himself, among others, as well as with a special dedication to A$AP Yams. If you want another treat, go over to the mobile version of Rocky's Instagram page. Better yet, look at his Instagram and stream his album (via Spotify) at the same time. Boom, enjoy (hopefully). »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
It's Official: Charter to Acquire Time Warner Cable in Deal Valued at $78.7 Billion
Charter Communications, in which John Malone's Liberty Broadband owns a big stake, made it official on Tuesday, unveiling that it has agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $78.7 billion. Comcast recently abandoned plans to buy Time Warner Cable, the second-largest U.S. cable operator, amid regulators' opposition. Charter, which currently is the fourth-largest U.S. cable firm and has been touting the benefits of consolidation, had widely been seen as the lead suitor. Charter will pay $55 billion-plus in cash and stock for Time Warner Cable. Including debt, the deal values
- Georg Szalai
Martin Sheen Felt "Powerless" During Son Charlie's Public Meltdown
Martin Sheen said he felt "powerless" during his son Charlie's very public meltdown in 2011, revealing that all he and the family could do was "pray for him and lift him up." In a frank interview with the Radio Times, Sheen discussed his son's unraveling that led to him being fired from hit show Two and a Half Men, numerous public outbursts and calamitous one-man show My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option. The West Wing star said he did not see the live show but could only look on as everything played out publicly and painfully. "What
- Abid Rahman
Channing Tatum: Gambit Will Be an Unconventional Origin Story
Channing Tatum has revealed that his solo Gambit X-Men movie will be an origin story, according to SlashFilm. Score. The actor was talking about the project in the most recent issue of Empire and mentioned that its first draft is done. "[I]t's killer. None of us were sure how [Josh Zetumer] was going to deal with the X-Men world," he says. "But we're going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It's always about saving the world, but maybe we're going to shift things a little bit." Zetumer is reportedly working off of a treatment penned by Gambit's creator, Chris Claremont. The Ragin' Cajun, as Tatum pointed out in his interview, is not exactly a straightforward superhero; his badass kinetic energy control is offset by his vice-driven sketchiness and penchant for thievery. Naturally, Tatum is pumped because that makes for some fun acting, but also because he »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
'Game of Thrones' contest: Three users tie predicting 'The Gift'
Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," titled "The Gift," turned out to be fairly easy to predict at Gold Derby as three of our users -- Benutty, SamEckmann, Andy Downie -- tied for the highest prediction accuracy and top score. Can You beat these users next week? Hurry -- make your own predictions in our "GoT" prediction contest and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will die next. -Break- Who will die on 'Game of Thrones'? See exclusive predictions Benutty, SamEckmann and Andy Downie top our episode leaderboard with 100% accuracy and 2,600 point scores, beating all other users. If eligible, as per our contest rules, they will share our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. Their winning predictions for "The Gift" were that no one listed in our predictions center would die, that zero »
New Girl’s Max Greenfield Grabs a Room in American Horror Story: Hotel
New Girl's Max Greenfield has joined the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel, according to series creator Ryan Murphy. No specifics about Greenfield's character have been shared, but Murphy broke the news with a tweet that held a cryptic clue. "This October, Max Greenfield (like you've never seen him) is checking in to the hotel," he wrote, "but not checking out." Whatever that means (he forgot his card key, he's destroyed by Lady Gaga, he gets stuck in an elevator, etc.), right? Greenfield joins Matt Bomer, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Chloë Sevigny, and Angela Bassett, among others. Production should start this summer, so we'll know more about what this tweet means in October. Happy early Halloween. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Watch our Editors clash over Emmy predictions (video slugfest)
Our Editors really come out swinging when Tom O'Neil, Rob Licuria and Daniel Montgomery take on Charles Bright and Ralph Galvan for refusing to agree that Jeffrey Tambor ("Transparent") will win Best Comedy Actor at the Emmys. Bright's betting on a repeat by "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons, who's prevailed four times in the past six years; Galvan foresees an upset by "Shameless" thesp William H. Macy. That is just where the arguments begin. Throughout the rest of the slugfest, these hot-headed pundits also clash over the other top Emmy categories for drama and comedy series. Click the following links to see their individual predictions: Tom O'Neil, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Charles Bright, Ralph Galvan. Disagree with them? Make your predictions here and enter our contest to win $1,000 for best picks for Emmy nominations. -Break- Media Alternative: Listen to the audio podcast version. »
Cary Fukunaga Isn’t Directing It Anymore
Cary Fukunaga will not direct New Line's It, according to the Wrap, which adds that the summer project has been stalled indefinitely. Fukunaga reportedly butted heads with the production company because his first scripts were coming in over the two-part adaptation's budgets, and he "did not want to compromise his artistic vision in the wake of budget cuts that were recently demanded." The Wrap's sources also noted that Fukunaga tried to bring Ben Mendelsohn onboard (but couldn't because of a slashed paycheck), and that shooting locations were problematic because Fukunaga wanted pricy New York spots. It's unclear if New Line will replace Fukunaga right away; the helmer shake-up is also up in the air in terms of how it will affect Will Poulter's role in the movie. The Wrap and its sources speculate that the next move will probably involve re-conceptualizing the two-part adaptation as one long movie, with »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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