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LeBron James Responds to Vandalism at His L.A. Home: 'Racism Will Always Be a Part of America'

LeBron James is hoping that his experience with racism will be a lesson to others.

An official with the Lapd confirms to Et that the N-word was spray-painted across the gate of James' private home on Wednesday morning. During a press conference ahead of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California, on Wednesday, the basketball player opened up about the incident, revealing that he hopes it "sheds a light" on the ongoing existence of racism in America.

Related: NBA Stars Deliver Powerful Call to Action Against Racial Injustice and Gun Violence in America: 'Enough Is Enough'

"My family is safe. At the end of the day, they're safe, and that's the most important [thing]. But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America, and you know, hate in America, especially for African Americans, is living every day," James said. "And even though that is concealed mostly at the
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ to Hold World Premiere in Shanghai

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ to Hold World Premiere in Shanghai
Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will hold its world premiere at the Shanghai Disney Resort in China on May 11.

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend. Disney noted the event will mark the first time a Hollywood movie has premiered in Mainland China.

The red carpet will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort, with the screening in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown. Shanghai Disneyland includes the pirate-themed Treasure Cove, inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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Having cleared Chinese censorship, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will be released wide on May 26 in the country, day-and-date with its release in the U.S.

Disney showed
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London Calling: Phil Hunt Rocks the Casbah with Head Gear Films

London Calling: Phil Hunt Rocks the Casbah with Head Gear Films
Phil Hunt’s London-based film-financing house Head Gear Films, which launched 15 years ago, has been ramping up its dealmaking activity in recent years. The company provided funding for 55 movies last year, up from five in 2012. Movies backed have included Johnny Depp starrer “Black Mass,” “Trespass Against Us,” starring Michael Fassbender, and John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone,” starring Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena. Hunt tells Variety about how he balances his punk-rock ethos with a careful assessment of the risks inherent in the independent film business.

Hunt, who also co-heads 10-year-old sales company Bankside Films, started out as a photographer in the advertising business in the early 1990s. A punk rocker and Clash devotee at heart, he started to shoot music videos for bands like Big Audio Dynamite, as well as corporate films. From there he pogoed into producing micro-budgeted feature films, starting 20 years ago with “Fast Food,” starring Gerard Butler.
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The Boss Baby Repeats Box Office Win with $26.3M

The Boss Baby Repeats Box Office Win with $26.3M
After a successful first weekend at the box office, The Boss Baby, an animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation, had no trouble repeating at the box office. The hit movie went up against Warner Bros.' comedy remake Going in Style, Sony's animated adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village and PureFlix's faith-based drama The Case For Christ. None of these new releases stood a chance, with The Boss Baby repeating atop the box office with $26.3 million, followed closely by Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast with $25 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sony's new fully animated movie in the beloved franchise, opened in 3,610 theaters, debuting in third place with $14 million for a meager $3,882 per-screen average. Going in Style debuted in 3,061 theaters in fourth place with $12.5 million with a $4,084 per-screen average, while The Case for Christ opened in 10th place with $3.9 million. Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going In Style weren't critically acclaimed,
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Smurfs & Gramps Take One Last Swing At Box Office -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Three New Movies May Have Trouble Making Much of a Mark

After a couple impressive March weekends with one new box office record, and a couple impressive openings, we’re now into April, and of the new movies, there just doesn’t seem like anything can defeat last week’s powerful duo of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby--which exceeded all predictions with $49 million, taking the top spot from Beauty and the Beast. Ghost in the Shell didn’t even do as well as I thought it may, opening with just $19 million, those late reviews helping to kill its weekend.

Sony Pictures Animation are giving the loveable blue Smurfs a third go at American audiences with The Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony), after two previous movies,
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‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Battle Again For Box-Office Bragging Rights

‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Battle Again For Box-Office Bragging Rights
The Boss Baby” (20th Century Fox) and “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney) should take the top slots this early spring weekend, but the DreamWorks Animation comedy isn’t guaranteed to hold on to number one.

We’re in the middle of staggered school spring vacation season, so family-oriented films abound. That explains Sony’s release of “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” which looks to do best among the three new wide releases. However, “Going in Style” (Warner Bros.) and “The Case for Christ” (PureFlix) are less predictable with their respective older and faith-based core audiences.

Read More: ‘The Boss Baby’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Fight for Second Behind the Unstoppable ‘Beauty and the Beast

This looks like another weekend that will outpace last year’s, when the top 10 grossed $91 million; expect this one to reach at least $100 million.

Alec Baldwin as an overgrown, big-mouth animated infant bested the third week of “Beauty” by $5 million,
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Can Smurfs Knock Boss Baby Off the Top of the Box Office?

Can Smurfs Knock Boss Baby Off the Top of the Box Office?
Traditionally, April has never been one of the biggest months to open a movie, but that all changed a few years ago when the Fast & Furious franchise started finding success in the spring months. The next installment in that high-octane franchise, The Fate of the Furious, doesn't hit theaters until April 14, but this weekend, moviegoers will have three new films arriving in wide release, Sony's animated adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village, Warner Bros.' comedy remake Going In Style and PureFlix's The Case For Christ. None of these will (probably) be able to stop last weekend's winner, The Boss Baby, which will likely repeat atop the box office with $25.2 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Smurfs: The Lost Village, which marks the franchise's return to fully animated movies, instead of live-action/CGI hybrids, is expected to open in roughly 3,400 theaters, with Going in Style estimated to open in 3,000 theaters, while
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The Boss Baby Dethrones Beauty and the Beast Box Office Streak

The Boss Baby Dethrones Beauty and the Beast Box Office Streak
It's almost impossible to perfectly predict the weekend box office grosses, and more often than not, some movies manage to come in either far above, or far below expectations. A few days ago, we predicted that the animated comedy The Boss Baby would have a solid weekend with just over $20 million, but this animated comedy managed to far exceed expectations, dethroning two-time winner Beauty and the Beast and taking the box office crown with $49 million. This came in just above Beauty and the Beast's third weekend tally of $47.5 million, bringing its domestic take to $395.4 million, with $876.2 million worldwide, inching closer and closer to the $1 billion mark.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Boss Baby earned an impressive $12,987 per-screen average from 3,773 theaters while the Ghost in the Shell adaptation debuted in 3,440 theaters, taking third place with $19 million with a decent $5,523 per-screen average. While those are both solid theater count numbers for an opening weekend,
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Will Ghost in the Shell Top or Flop at the Box Office?

Will Ghost in the Shell Top or Flop at the Box Office?
While predicting box office grosses week in and week out is certainly not an exact science, some movies' blockbuster potential is much easier to identify than others. Hardly anyone was surprised that Beauty and the Beast debuted far above industry expectations, earning a record-breaking $174.7 million in its opening weekend, while dropping just 48.3% last weekend, to again easily win with $90.4 million. This weekend, the live-action fairy tale adaptation faces its biggest challenge yet, going up against DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby and Paramount's live-action manga adaptation Ghost in the Shell. Unless either of these two new releases overperforms in a big way, they shouldn't stop Beauty and the Beast from winning for a third weekend in a row, with a predicted $43.1 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Boss Baby is expected to debut in roughly 3,700 theaters, while the Ghost in the Shell adaptation is slated to debut in roughly 3,200 theaters.
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The Void Trailer Pays Tribute to Classic 80s Horror Movies

The Void Trailer Pays Tribute to Classic 80s Horror Movies
Screen Media Films has released the first trailer for The Void, which is slated to hit theaters in limited released and arrive on VOD platforms April 7. This terrifying thriller has been winning rave reviews from hitting the festival circuit, after making its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas back in September. If this new footage is any indication, which features some of the critical praise from the festivals, fans of 80s horror films will be in for one hell of a ride.

In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter (Aaron Carter) happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew, only to discover that patients and personnel are transforming into something inhuman. As the horror intensifies, Carter leads the other survivors on a hellish voyage into the
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Lorna-Lee Sagebiel Torres joins Magnolia as director of international sales

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Exclusive: The executive most recently served at Visit Films where she oversaw several territories and led marketing for the past five years.

Magnolia Pictures has hired former Visit Films executive Lorna-Lee Sagebiel Torres as director of international sales.

“We very happy to bring Lorna-Lee on board,” said Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles. “She’s going to be a terrific addition to Scott’s [Veltri, head of worldwide] team.”

Sagebiel Torres will work alongside Veltri in the New York office.

The team is currently attending Toronto. The sales roster includes The Eyes Of My Mother, Alive And Kicking, The Lovers And The Despot, Tickled and Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World.
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Scott Veltri to head Magnolia sales

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Scott Veltri to head Magnolia sales
Exclusive: Veltri replaces Christina Rogers at the Us sales company.

Scott Veltri has been promoted to head of worldwide sales forcand replaces Christina Rogers, who is departing to pursue other opportunities.

Veltri previously served as vice-president of international sales and worked closely with Rogers over the last three years to increase the profile of the division.

He sold titles such as Sean Baker’s Tangerine, Steve James’ documentary Life Itself, Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack, Albert MayslesIris, and Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s Best Of Enemies.

Scott has proven himself to be an invaluable asset to the international sales team, and we’re very pleased for him to take on this new responsibility,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles.

The Magnolia sales slate features Sundance horror The Eyes Of My Mother, and a slew of Park City documentaries that includes Werner Herzog’s Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World, Tickled and [link
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Us briefs: Ellen Burstyn to receive Sffs Peter J Owens acting award

Plus: IFC MIdnight acquires Us rights to Let’s Be Evil; and more…

Ellen Burstyn, a rare triple winner of an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy, will collect the honour during the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 25.

The award honours an actor whose work exemplifies “brilliance, independence, and integrity.” Past recipients include Richard Gere, Maria Bello, and Annette Bening.

Burstyn will also take part in an on-stage interview and screening of Requiem For A Dream, for which she earned a best supporting actress Academy Award nomination.

She was inducted into the Theater Hall Of Fame in 2014 and can be seen later this year in James Lapine’s Custody and Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog.

IFC Midnight has taken Us rights from Submarine to Martin Owen’s Let’s Be Evil. The film centres on a learning programme for gifted children that spirals out of control.Magnolia Pictures head of worldwide sales Christina Rogers and vp
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‘Fun Size Horror Volume 2’ Trailer: The Horror Anthology is Alive and Kicking and Probably Trying to Kill You

‘Fun Size Horror Volume 2’ Trailer: The Horror Anthology is Alive and Kicking and Probably Trying to Kill You
There are few things I cherish as much as great horror anthology. The absolute best of the best offer a few horror movies for the price of one. Even lesser anthologies still have their moments, especially since it’s easy to stick out a weaker segment since you know that another story is just a few minutes […]

The post ‘Fun Size Horror Volume 2’ Trailer: The Horror Anthology is Alive and Kicking and Probably Trying to Kill You appeared first on /Film.
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Alive and Kicking: “Fresh” Zombie Movies That Will Resurrect Your Faith in the Undead

Alive and Kicking: “Fresh” Zombie Movies That Will Resurrect Your Faith in the Undead
If you think the zombie movie is dead, you’re not alone. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opened with a thud this past weekend. The shambling undead have become television fixtures thanks to AMC’s The Walking Dead, which has dominated the zombie conversation for so long that the genre has stopped feeling special. Countless new movies […]

The post Alive and Kicking: “Fresh” Zombie Movies That Will Resurrect Your Faith in the Undead appeared first on /Film.
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Blumhouse and WWE Studios Join Forces for Sundance Thriller 'Sleight'

Blumhouse and WWE Studios Join Forces for Sundance Thriller 'Sleight'
Read More: Blumhouse to Produce Swing Dance Documentary 'Alive and Kicking' Blumhouse Productions and WWE Studios have partnered up at the Sundance Film Festival to acquire all worldwide distribution rights to "Sleight." The film, which premiered in the Next section at this year's festival, marks the directorial debut of Jd Dillard. "Sleight" blends science fiction and magic in the story of a young trickster named Bo (Jacob Latimore), who is forced to give up college to support his younger sister. He relies on his talented street magic skills to make money, but these illusions aren't used to impress pedestrians and onlookers for a few quarters and dimes; instead, Bo uses his sleight of hand skills as a means of peddling drugs for the local drug dealer, played by the Emmy-nominated Dulé Hill. After Bo gets in over his head and his sister is kidnapped, he's forced to rely
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Turner Upfront: Adult Swim Orders Jason Alexander Pilot

Adult Swim has given a greenlight to a live-action pilot starring Jason Alexander.

Alexander will play a celebrated psychotherapist who snaps one day while working with a patient, and his therapy becomes more and more unconventional. The untitled pilot hails from Adam Lustick, an actor and founding member of the sketch comedy group Harvard Sailing Team.

The project is designed to be 15-minute series, produced through Adult Swim’s Alive and Kicking banner.

Adult Swim is set to unveil the Jason Alexander pilot along with a raft of new programming at Turner Broadcasting’s upfront presentation in the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
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Upfront 2015: Adult Swim To Launch ‘TV Sucks,’ ‘Neon Joe’

Upfront 2015: Adult Swim To Launch ‘TV Sucks,’ ‘Neon Joe’
Adult Swim intends to launch two new series and a handful of limited-run specials while bringing back fan-favorite programs including “Rick and Morty,” “Childrens Hospital” and “The Jack and Triumph Show” (pictured, above) in a bid to cultivate additional standing among young adults in 2015 and 2016.

The Time Warner-owned network, part of the company’s Turner unit, said its coming lineup would include more 30 new and returning series, pilots and specials.

New programming includes:

“TV Sucks” – A quarter-hour animated sketch show created by Brad Neely featuring one-off shorts and songs.. Neely and Daniel Weidenfeld serve as executive producers, Dave Newberg as co-executive producer, with Titmouse, Inc. producing.

“Untitled Golf Special”- Jon Daly and Adam Scott, go head to head in this televised golf championship, circa 1966, in a half-hour live-action special. Created by Jon Daly, who also serves as executive producer. Starring Daly and Adam Scott. Produced by Alive and Kicking,
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My First Time in Variety: Carl Reiner

My First Time in Variety: Carl Reiner
“I Think I Banged Lucille Ball” is the title of a recent “Two and a Half Men” episode featuring comedy legend Carl Reiner, so it seems entirely appropriate to stroll down the Memory Lane of “My First Time” with a guy who broke through on stage at the Biltmore in downtown L.A. 67 years ago and hasn’t slowed down since. Who knows what else he might remember?

V: You were in the touring company of “Call Me Mister,” which had been a big hit on Broadway. Did the Variety review help your career?

Cr: The review that really changed things was Claudia Cassidy at the Chicago Tribune. If she liked you, you were in like Flynn. She had seen the show on Broadway and hated it. She ripped the sh*t out of it. She said, “Don’t bother stopping in Chicago.” Then she saw the production I was in and she said,
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The Originals season 2 episode 3 review: Every Mother's Son

The Originals delivers another fascinating flashback episode this week, one that provides an insight into Klaus' psychology...

This review contains spoilers.

2.3 Every Mother's Son

Flashback episodes of The Originals are always a heck of a lot more interesting than flashback episodes of any other show. There are various reasons for this, but chief among them is the fact that the flashbacks always have the same thematic throughline as the modern-day action, without it ever being forced – this show is about a supremely, mythically dysfunctional family, and the flashbacks are there to demonstrate that it's always been that way, vampirism and magic aside.

Every Mother's Son was one such episode and, after focusing on Kol (strangely absent here) and his role in the Mikaelson clan last week, it's now the turn of Esther and Finn. That 'always and forever' mantra crops up again, this time from the family matriarch (played by original actress,
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