‘Tomorrowland’ and ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Neck-and-Neck at Friday Box Office
Director Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof‘s “Tomorrowland” launched with $9.7 million at the box office Friday, but couldn’t pull away from last week’s No. 1 movie “Pitch Perfect 2,” setting the stage for a tight race over the Memorial Day weekend. Both Disney’s sci-fi adventure starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie and Universal’s musical comedy sequel are heading for around $40 million over the four days. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and the rest of the Barden Bellas took in $9.6 million, and will cross the $100 million mark domestically on Saturday. “Tomorrowland” is rated PG and “Pitch Perfect 2 »
- Todd Cunningham
John Stamos on Olsen Twins Not Returning for ‘Full House’ Revival: ‘This Is Not a Money Gig’
John Stamos is “heartbroken” that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not participating in the upcoming Netflix revival of “Full House.” Stamos, who played popular Uncle Jesse on the 80s sitcom, is also an executive producer on the project. When news broke Friday that the twins who play Michelle Tanner would not return for spinoff “Fuller House,” Stamos immediately tweeted out his feelings via a hashtag: “#heartbroken.” Stamos then elaborated in subsequent message: “I understand they’re in a different place and I wish them the best,” he wrote, before promising that fans will dig the new offering anyway. Here’s »
- Tony Maglio
Cannes: ‘Son of Saul,’ ‘Mia Madre’ Win Fipresci, Ecumenical Prizes
The main competition titles “Son of Saul,” “Mia Madre” and “The Measure of a Man” and the Un Certain Regard entries “Masaan” and “Taklub” won prizes at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, taking home awards from the Fipresci and Ecumenical juries. The Hungarian Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” was named the best film in the main competition by Fipresci, the International Federation of Film Critics. The film is the first feature directed by Laszlo Nemes, and the only debut feature to be accepted into the main competition. “‘Son of Saul’ does something remarkable,” wrote TheWrap after its first Cannes screening. »
- Steve Pond
‘The X-Files,’ ‘Rush Hour’ Drive Buzz Among International Buyers at La Screenings
The return of “The X-Files” and the reboot of “Rush Hour” stirred strong buzz among the nearly 2,000 international television buyers who converged in Los Angeles this week for the annual L.A. Screenings program market.
Buyers made the rounds of studio screenings and parties throughout the week to get a first look at series that have been picked up by broadcast networks for the 2015-16 season, as well as new cable and digital productions.
For most buyers, the screenings are the first step in dealmaking negotiations that are finalized later. But some put their money on the table right away. »
- Cynthia Littleton
10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Amy Schumer teams with ‘Bridesmaids’ director
Amy Schumer partnered with Judd Apatow for this summer’s “Trainwreck,” and now she’s set to team with another big name in comedy for another feature film: She’s making a movie to be directed by Paul Feig, who helmed “Bridesmaids” and this summer’s “Spy.” The new film will be an action-comedy akin to Feig’s “The Heat” and will follow a mother and daughter trapped in a vacation gone wrong, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Schumer will star in the movie and co-write the script alongside with her sister, Kim Caramele. Schumer has been making waves in Hollywood lately with her Comedy Central sketch comedy series and with a hosting duties at the MTV Movie Awards. Time magazine gave her a place on its “100 Most Influential People” list this year. Many of her sketches have struck a refreshing chord with female viewers, especially last month’s “Girl, »
- Emily Rome
Kim Richards Attends Daughter Brooke's "Dream" Wedding in Mexico With Kyle Richards and Paris Hilton
Kim Richards has plenty of reasons to smile this weekend! The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who has been in a treatment facility for close to a month, was able to travel to Mexico this Memorial Day where she attended daughter Brooke Brinson's beachside wedding. In a video captured from Paris Hilton's Snapchat, the Bravo star was seen cheering and smiling with family and friends as they prepared for the special ceremony that ultimately took place along the coast. "Brooke's wedding! The day is here," Paris said while panning to the new bride and her mom. "Yes! Mexico!" E! News can confirm Kyle Richards, Nicky Hilton and Faye Resnick were also able to attend the »
Orphan Black Recap: Terrible Things for People We Love
It’s all I can do to keep from squealing with equal parts joy and horror: in one 45-minute swoop, Orphan Black has veered right back on track. The mess of the past season and change isn’t completely cleaned up, of course, but so many questions have been answered, so many loose ends dutifully, spectacularly tied, that I am beside myself with relief.Forgive my excessive caps-lock tonight, of all nights, because everything is just so beautiful. Let’s begin. Sarah’s current default state is “hellish fever dream.” Guiding her through these hallucinations is Kira, or at least the subconscious projection of the one person Sarah would follow anywhere. The first sequence seems like a garden-variety nightmare, but it turns out it’s part memory — these hallucinations are the result of Coady pumping Rudy’s blood into Sarah’s body. Later, we find out that the Castors’ genetic »
- Devon Maloney
Johnny Depp Enjoys Stomping Faces in New 'Black Mass' Trailer (Video)
The new trailer for Black Mass proves why Whitey Bulger probably never received any "world's greatest father" mugs. The crime film stars Johnny Depp as the notorious gangster who teamed with the FBI to bring down a Mafia family. In a creepy exchange from the trailer, Bulger teaches his six-year-old son that life is full of gray areas. "If nobody sees it, it didn't happen," Bulger says, much to the chagrin of the boy's mother. [readmore:795550] The trailer also shows snippets of various grisly murder scenes, including Bulger using his shoe to teach an adversary a lesson. Director
- Ryan Gajewski
Kylie Jenner Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend With Sexy Bikini Tops and Soaking Wet Jeans—Take a Look!
Way to kick off summer in style Kylie Jenner! While some may have started their Memorial Day weekend with some serious shopping or a trip to the beach, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star opted for another sexy photo shoot by a luxurious pool. In a series of photos shot by Los Angeles-based photographer Neave Bozorgi, the 17-year-old headed straight to the Jacuzzi wearing a black bikini top and bottom. But in an added twist, the fashion designer kept her ripped denim jeans on as she rested her feet and legs in the cool, crisp water. "@sir_neave @monicarosestyle @joycebonelli make magic," Kylie wrote on Instagram while posing with bold sunglasses. This isn't the first time the »
Cannes Film Review: ‘Masaan’
Anurag Kashyap’s assistant on “Gangs of Wasseypur” delivers a muddled feature debut with the narratively challenged “Masaan,” a heartfelt yet overambitious tale of class and gender inequality in contempo India. Set on the Ganges in the holy city of Benares, the pic (alternately titled “Fly Away Solo”) attempts to weave together two separate stories of people struggling to overcome societal pressures, but helmer Neeraj Ghaywan hasn’t found ways to overcome script and editing weaknesses, resulting in a disappointing drama that’s unable to realize the potential of the one truly interesting character. “Masaan” may fill a few slots at fests looking for indie Indie fare, though French co-production coin is unlikely to result in more than a limited Gallic release.
The pity is that Devi (Richa Chadda) is a fascinating figure who’d be far better served with a film of her own. She’s a university student, »
- Jay Weissberg
Let's look back at 'SNL' season 40: The top 15 sketches
No show produces more divisive critical response than “Saturday Night Live.” And that makes sense: Comedy is subjective, and nowhere on television does that more apply than “SNL,” where one person’s sketch of the night is another viewer’s worst sketch of the year. So a list like this isn’t meant as a definitive statement but rather one personal point of view. That’s both an obvious and necessary distinction to make. No sketches were unintentionally omitted. I went back, looked at every sketch I graded, adjusted in-the-moment rankings accordingly and came up with 15 great sketches in what I personally saw as the show’s greatest season in the five years I’ve covered it here at HitFix. Honorable Mentions: “Swiftamine” (Chris Rock), “Graveyard Song” (Jim Carrey), “Nest-Spresso” (Cameron Diaz), “Overly Full Brain” (James Franco) Tostinos Activity Pack For Women (Jk Simmons) Click through the gallery below to »
- Ryan McGee
Cannes: Will ‘The Assassin’ Slay the Competition?
Given the number of films in competition (19), the correspondingly infinite number of possible award/talent configurations, and the sheer impossibility of guessing at the individual and collective tastes of nine jurors, predicting the major award winners at the Cannes Film Festival is obviously a fool’s errand — and one that our critics on the Croisette have gladly undertaken.
Palme d’Or: “The Assassin.” Word on the street — and among British bookies — is that my own favorite film of the fest, Yorgos Lanthimos’ high-wire relationship fantasy “The Lobster,” is the one to beat, though whether that’s based on honest hearsay or a projection of the Coen brothers’ taste for dryer-than-dust comedy, I can’t say. As much as it would thrill me to see such a singular combination of concept-y formalism and perverse heart-tugging take the prize, I have a hard time seeing it as the unifying consensus »
- Guy Lodge and Justin Chang
Eurovision Song Contest: Sweden Beats Out Russia
Sweden won its sixth Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night, as Mans Zelmerlow, with his pop song "Heroes," beat out Russia's Polina Gagarina, who performed an English-language song called "A Million Voices." Zelmerlow's performance during the event's 60th anniversary edition in Vienna, Austria included animated visuals. Austria hosted the event, under the motto "Building Bridges" after drag queen Conchita Wurst won last year's competition. Overall, a record 27 countries participated in the finals. Among them was Australia, which was invited to compete, despite being nowhere near Europe. The country had in the past asked if it could participate,
- Georg Szalai
Meghan Trainor Teases "Very Special" Song With Harry Styles, Admits She's "Married to My Career"—Watch Now!
Meghan Trainor's lips are movin and ready to dish! Before kicking off the Today show's Toyota Summer Concert Series Friday morning, the "All About That Bass" singer chatted with E! News about all things music. Turns out that rumored collaboration with One Direction member Harry Styles is definitely coming soon! "I can't wait for that song to be out," she shared with E! News. "I don't know who's going to sing it. I want it for myself but I don't know who I'm going to sing it with yet." While a release date has yet to be officially announced, Trainor called the song "very special" and she "can't wait for everyone to hear »
De Niro to Nyu Graduates: \"You're F*cked\"
Most of Robert De Niro's iconic roles are foul-mouthed, often murderous men, and last week De Niro seized an opportunity to channel a bit of that attitude into his keynote speech to this year's graduating class at Nyu's Tisch School of the Arts. You can watch it here. "A new door is opening for you — a door to a lifetime of rejection. It's inevitable," he said, telling students that they have to keep working and keep fighting if they want to have a career in the arts. Considering the amount of money Tisch students and their parents drop on their education, the Oscar winner's words may have felt a bit too caustic. But De Niro, with the best intentions and an acerbic sense of humor, told students what they probably needed to hear: There will be times when your best isn't good enough. There can be many reasons for »
- Greg Cwik
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