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‘Wonder Woman’ Review: Gal Gadot’s Amazon Warrior Conquers Superhero Doldrums

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In the recent flood of superhero movies, several have managed to be quite good — but “Wonder Woman” ranks as one of the few great ones. Gal Gadot’s turn as Princess Diana of Themyscira was a refreshing standout amidst the sludge of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and she’s as good if not better headlining her own solo adventure. It’s a film that not only improves upon many of the seemingly built-in shortcomings of superhero movies, but also mixes smarts, sentiment and adrenaline in the best Hollywood style. This is a superior popcorn movie, no matter what the genre. »


- Alonso Duralde

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Frank Deford Dies: Legendary Sportswriter & Author Of ‘Everybody’s All-American’ Was 78

13 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Longtime Sports Illustrated writer, author and commentator Frank Deford has died. His wife confirmed to The Washington Post that he passed away on Sunday in Key West, Florida.

The author of 18 books, nine of which were novels, Deford was also a Peabody, CableACE and Emmy Award winner; the latter for his work as a writer during the Seoul Olympics. His 1981 novel, Everybody’s All-American, was made into a 1988 film directed by Taylor Hackford. Deford began writing for SI in… »


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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Leads Slowest Memorial Day Weekend in Almost Two Decades

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This Memorial Day weekend signals a sluggish end to a dreary summer box office start. This four-day weekend’s total domestic earnings ($172.3 million) are the lowest recorded since 1999 ($142.5 million) when “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” opened in first place.

The lone bright spot of this summer so far is Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which is holding onto second place over the holiday weekend, earning an additional $25 million from 3,871 locations. Its total domestic cume stands at over $338 million, and worldwide it’s made over $788 million, passing the original “Guardians” movie ($773 million worldwide).

Disney also took the top slot this weekend with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installation in the franchise starring Johnny Depp. The swashbuckling adventure picked up $77 million over the four-day weekend from 4,276 locations. However, most of the film’s sales are coming from overseas »


- Seth Kelley

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Could a Perfect Storm Help Push Elisabeth Moss to Her First Emmy Win?

16 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If you’re Elisabeth Moss, you’re probably flying high right about now.

The actress’s new series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is the talk of the town, scoring for Hulu a hit program that could finally break the glass awards ceiling for the streamer. She’s also fresh from the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, where not only did the second season of Jane Campion’s limited series “Top of the Lake” screen to critical acclaim, but Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” walked away with the coveted Palme d’Or. Moss features in both.

The 34-year-old actress already looked like a strong contender to score an Emmy nomination for her work in “Handmaid’s Tale,” but there certainly seems to be a perfect storm building around her that could help push her across the finish line.

The Emmy race for lead actress in a drama could ultimately be Netflix vs. Hulu »


- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 5 Review: A New Star Emerges In the Show’s Darkest Season Yet

16 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for the final episodes of “Orange is the New Black” Season 4, which premiered in 2016. It does not contain spoilers for the new upcoming season.]

It’s official: “Orange is the New Black” is never allowed to call itself a comedy, ever again.

When it comes to awards consideration, the Netflix series about a women’s prison has yo-yoed between the drama and comedy categories since the beginning, and tonally the show has always existed in the realm we usually describe as “dramedy.” But while that has meant “Orange” was capable of offering up great moments of hilarity as well as tear-jerking pathos, it also means that the show’s tone has always been its biggest creative struggle, especially in later years, as it’s taken bigger and bigger swings.

Read More: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Trailer: Inmates Run the Prison After Rebellion at Litchfield Penitentiary

Season 4 was perhaps the most challenging in this respect, as the final two episodes pushed the show into new territory after Poussey (Samira Wiley) died at the hands of a guard. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Twin Peaks’: Matthew Lillard on His Breakout Role and Joining David Lynch’s Dysfunctional Family

28 May 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last week’s premiere of “Twin Peaks” brought with it no shortage of surprises, but here’s probably the most unpredictable one we witnessed: a captivating performance by Matthew Lillard as William Hastings, a high school principal accused of murder, whose wife is tied up in the supernatural mystery surrounding Agent Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) evil doppleganger.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Guide to Returning Characters and How They’re Helping – or Hurting – Cooper: Parts 1 & 2 (An Ongoing List)

Lillard’s career began in the early ’90s with roles in “Serial Mom” and “Hackers,” and his reputation is definitely rooted in some variation of comedy, from horror comedies like “Scream” to the live-action “Scooby-Doo” films (and subsequent animated projects, for which Lillard still provides the voice of Shaggy).

Twin Peaks,” while never lacking in funny moments, marks a bit of a departure for the character actor. That might be why, at the premiere last Friday, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Lauren Graham's Curb Your Enthusiasm Character (Sorta) Revealed

15 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Don’t bother trying to harness your excitement, Gilmore Girls fans: Lauren Graham will indeed make a guest appearance (or two or three) in Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s upcoming ninth season.

“It was fantastic,” Graham shares, adding that she worked with series creator and star Larry David “almost exclusively” during her multi-episode arc. “There really is no greater joy than actually making Larry David laugh. And he really laughs hard.”

On Curb, which is slated to return this fall after a six-year-hiatus, the »


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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Unveils Lineup

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Acclaimed Georgian filmmaker George Ovashvili returns to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival next month with Khibula, a story inspired by the life of the first, and ill-fated, president of the newly independent former Soviet state in the early 1990s.

Ovashvili, who won the Czech festival’s Crystal Globe for Corn Island in 2014, will be competing against other former Karlovy Vary laureates, including Russian director Boris Khlebnikov’s film of the breakdown of a marriage between two medics, Arrhythmia, and Rwandan genocide-themed film Birds Are Singing in Kagali, the last film of late Polish director Krzysztof Krauze, which was completed by his wife »


- Nick Holdsworth

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Karlovy Vary Line-Up Features Movies from Krauze, Ovashvili, Khlebnikov

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, Central and Eastern Europe’s leading movie event, has selected its 12-strong competition line-up, which includes films from two past winners of the Czech festival’s Crystal Globes, the late Krzysztof Krauze, and George Ovashvili.

Poland’s Krzysztof Krauze, who won the film and directing prizes in 2004 with “My Nikifor,” is represented by “Birds Are Singing in Kigali,” which he co-directed with his wife Joanna Kos-Krauze. It depicts the painful aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. The co-directors received a special mention at Karlovy Vary in 2013 for “Papusza.”

Three years after winning the Crystal Globe for best film with “Corn Island,” Georgia’s George Ovashvili returns to Karlovy Vary with “Khibula,” inspired by the tragic story of the first democratically elected president of the newly independent Georgia following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Zviad Gamsakhurdia was forced to flee into the mountains after a military coup. »


- Leo Barraclough

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Korea’s Cj E&M to Launch Turkish Production Unit

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cj E&M, South Korea’s largest entertainment conglomerate, will establish a Turkish unit to produce local content. The move follows the acquisition of Turkey’s largest cinema chain Mars Entertainment last year by Cj-cgv.

Cj says it is eyeing production, investment, distribution and marketing of original content. It will start out by making Korea-Turkey film co-productions. The first one will be “Hot, Sweet & Sour,” an adaptation with Turkey’s Bkm of Cj’s romantic drama “The Wedding Invitation,” which the Korean company co-produced in China in 2013. The company is also developing a Turkish-language remake of 2014 Korean hit “Miss Granny.”

“Turkey is one of the few countries in Asia, along with South Korea, Japan and India, where the market share of homegrown films exceeds that of Hollywood releases. Its film market has a large growth potential,” Cj said in a statement.

“We also plan to expand our business into co-production, »


- Sonia Kil

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Japan Box Office: ‘Beauty’ Wins Sixth Weekend, Beats ‘Family 2’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” led the Japanese box office for the sixth consecutive weekend. For the May 27-28 frame the film earned $3.15 million on 243,000 admissions, running its cumulative total to $86 million. It now looks certain to reach the$90 million (JPY10 billion) milestone, but the $229 million final total recorded by Disney’s “Frozen” is still far off.

Second place fell to Toho’s 285 screen new release of Izuru Narushima’s “To Each His Own.” Based on an award-winning novel by Emi Kitagawa, the film about an over-worked salaryman who acquires a guardian angel rattling away in Osaka dialect made $1.25 million on 102,000 admissions in its opening frame.

Beating it in total admissions, if not box office, was Yoji Yamada’s “What a Wonderful Family 2,” the follow-up to his 2016 comedy about the chaos unleased when a wife asks her husband of fifty years for a divorce. Released by Shochiku on 325 screens, »


- Mark Schilling

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Olivier Courson Appointed Culture, Communication, Digital Senior Advisor to Emmanuel Macron’s Government

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Olivier Courson, the former chairman-ceo of Studiocanal, has been appointed as a senior advisor on culture, communications and digital regulation, reporting to new French prime minister Edouard Philippe.

In his new position, Courson will advise and if necessary arbitrate – in the case of discrepencies between ministries – on a ample remit of issues crucial to the future of film and TV in France. He reports to Philippe, responsible for implementing in a mid-term the long-term vision for France and France’s place in the world set out by Emmanuel Macron who won France’s presidential elections on May 7.

That will give Courson a say in some of the huge issues which Macron’s government is expected to tackle, led by France’s expansion in the digital domain, a priority for Macron.

In early declarations as France’s new culture minister, Françoise Nyssen, has confirmed that she will lead the debate on »


- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Olivier Courson Appointed Culture, Communication, Digital Senior Advisor to Emmanuel Macron’s Government

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Olivier Courson, the former chairman-ceo of Studiocanal, has been appointed as a senior advisor on culture, communications and digital regulation, reporting to new French prime minister Edouard Philippe.

In his new position, Courson will advise and if necessary arbitrate – in the case of discrepencies between ministries – on a ample remit of issues crucial to the future of film and TV in France. He reports to Philippe, responsible for implementing in a mid-term the long-term vision for France and France’s place in the world set out by Emmanuel Macron who won France’s presidential elections on May 7.

That will give Courson a say in some of the huge issues which Macron’s government is expected to tackle, led by France’s expansion in the digital domain, a priority for Macron.

In early declarations as France’s new culture minister, Françoise Nyssen, has confirmed that she will lead the debate on Netflix and other digital platforms challenge to »


- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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'Wonder Woman': What the Critics Are Saying

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The first Wonder Woman reviews are in and it seems director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot have lassoed the critics into loving DC Entertainment's origin story of the Amazonian warrior princess. 

As the review embargo broke on Monday night, the movie crept towards a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the general consensus seemed to be that Wonder Woman was a fun, romantic and enjoyable movie, perhaps even the best entry into the DC Extended Universe so far. Moreover, many critics felt the movie had the added luck of great timing, tapping into the zeitgeist to push it beyond mere entertainment.

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- Abid Rahman

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Film Review: ‘Wonder Woman’

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may have taken four films to get there, but the DC Extended Universe has finally produced a good old-fashioned superhero. Sure, previous entries in the Warner Bros. assembly line have given us sporadically successful, demythified takes on Batman and Superman, but they’ve all seemed skeptical, if not downright hostile, toward the sort of unabashed do-gooderism that DC Comics’ golden-age heroes exemplified. Never prone to stewing in solitude, and taking more notes from Richard Donner than from Christopher Nolan, Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” provides a welcome respite from DC’s house style of grim darkness — boisterous, earnest, sometimes sloppy, yet consistently entertaining — with star Gal Gadot proving an inspired choice for this avatar of truth, justice and the Amazonian way.

Although Gadot’s Diana Prince had a decent chunk of screentime in last year’s “Batman v. Superman,” “Wonder Woman” assumes no foreknowledge of any previous franchise entry — or of the character herself, »


- Andrew Barker

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'Wonder Woman': Film Review

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As the world’s most well-adjusted superhero, Wonder Woman breaks the genre mold. She’s openhearted, not angsty — an anomaly within the DC Universe, “Extended” or otherwise. So too is her long-awaited foray into the live-action big-screen spotlight: That openheartedness makes the movie something of an outlier. Its relative lightness would set it apart even if it didn’t arrive on the heels of the Sturm und Drang of Batman v. Superman, the 2016 feature that introduced Gal Gadot as the demigoddess who believes it’s her sacred duty to rid the world of war. 

Yet as with all comics-based extravaganzas, »


- Sheri Linden

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Celebs Pay Tribute to Service Members on Memorial Day

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Now in its one hundred and forty-ninth year (established formally as a national holiday in 1868), Memorial day honors those who have died in military service to the United States. Based on several traditions, including those of Freed slaves immediately after the American Civil War, it has become the official start of Summer season in the U.S., but it remains a solemn occasion, especially for those who have lost loved ones in military service. So it is that like many fellow citizens, celebrities took to social media today to commemorate the fallen. Tributes ranged from the solemn, to (in the. »

- Ross A. Lincoln

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Adelaide Festival: International Vr Competition Unveiled

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

An International Virtual Reality competition has been established by the biennial Adelaide Film Festival (Adl Film Fest), with partner the Australian Film Television and Radio School (Aftrs).

The competition is now open for submissions from filmmakers globally. Selected films will debut at the October festival in the South Australian capital and will feature as part of companion tech event, Hybrid World. The festival is looking for “inventive, independently produced works of fiction, documentary and interactive Virtual Reality projects”.  

The Vr Award, with a yet-to-be-announced prize, will add to the festival’s awards line up which includes  an international feature film »


- Pip Bulbeck

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Jessica Chastain Finds ‘Disturbing’ How Women Were Portrayed in Cannes Movies

6 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sofia Coppola may have won the Best Director Prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, but jury member Jessica Chastain had some honest feedback about how women were depicted in the other films in competition.

Say that, @jes_chastain. pic.twitter.com/H7QHnEE5JA — Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 29, 2017

Speaking at a closing press conference, Chastain said she found the depiction of women “disturbing”: “This is the first time I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days and I love movies, and the one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that were represented, »


- Sharon Waxman

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‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: Rachel Tells One Man to ‘Get the F— Out’

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There was a moment on last season of “The Bachelor” when Rachel Lindsay told Nick Viall “I love sports, but I don’t play games.” On tonight’s “Bachelorette,” Rachel made good on that promise. She committed to that promise so hard that at one point she caused me to physically scream and start clapping. I applauded for so long that I probably missed something important. So apologies if there are some gaps in the timeline, but it’s worth it just knowing that Rachel has changed the game … uhh … journey to find love? … for the better.

But that’s not to say that every moment of this episode was a blast. It happened on last season of “The Bachelor” with Corinne and Taylor, and it’s happening again on this season — “The Bachelorette” has found a way to take the one of the most frustrating people on the planet, and »


- Seth Kelley

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