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Avengers: Endgame To Pass Avatar At The Domestic Box Office

Thanks to the release of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, it’s expected that Avengers: Endgame will finally lose its place at the top of the domestic box office this weekend, but we somehow doubt that the bosses at Marvel Studios are losing much sleep over the matter. In fact, it’s now projected that the Avengers: Infinity War sequel will very soon top the North American haul of Avatar to become the all-time second highest grossing film domestically.

The Us and Canada total of James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi sits at $760.5 million, though part of this figure comes from the movie’s reissue. In its initial run, Avatar took in $749.8 million, but either way, Endgame’s current total of $748.8 million suggests that the Russo Brothers’ latest feature is on the verge of taking second place. That being said, we wouldn’t bet on Endgame rising any further up the domestic ranking.
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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Recast [Spoilers] For Key Flashback Scene

Director J.J. Abrams might have found a way to reutilize deleted footage from The Force Awakens to keep the much-missed Carrie Fisher’s General Leia in the story, but a new report is claiming that the actress’ daughter Billie Lourd stood in for her mother during a key flashback scene in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

MakingStarWars.net says they’ve been told by their sources close to the production that the upcoming Episode IX will feature a flashback sequence in its first act that harks back to the aftermath of Return of the Jedi. It’ll involve a young Luke and Leia, likely meaning Mark Hamill will reprise his role via de-aging tech while Lourd stood in for Fisher, with CGI completing the transformation in post-production. Something similar was done, of course, in Rogue One, in which Norwegian actress Ingvild Deila filled in for Fisher.

Msw then speculates
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Hollywood Makes Case for Staying Put in Georgia as Film Industry Braces for Anti-Abortion Fight

  • Variety
As incendiary anti-abortion legislation continues to roll out in states across the nation, Hollywood is under increased scrutiny to weigh in on a social issue that could affect thousands of jobs and steep financial investment. As many powerful content makers continue to wait and see how political fallout breaks, a handful of bold-named entities have committed to stay and fight the legislation.

The gesture has won over local film industry workers in Georgia, particularly women, numerous executives and knowledgeable insiders told Variety. Pledges from J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele (shooting HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”) and Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping (the film trilogy “Fear Street” and series “P-Valley”) to donate money to local groups fighting the state’s “heartbeat bill” have inspired crews to follow suit.

“The response on the ground has been incredibly gratifying,” Chernin, CEO of the Chernin Group, said. “On the ‘Fear Street’ set, a number of
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Casual Star Wars Fans Getting Concerned Over The Rise Of Skywalker

For those still horrified by Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there’s a ton of pressure mounting up to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Many gurus of the series are hoping to see a lot of changes – which can be translated to “a lot of reversals” – in the third and final entry to the Sequel Trilogy. However, “casual” fans of the franchise who’ve since come to love Rian Johnson’s film seem to be expressing apprehension towards what they’re going to see in December.

One such fan, io9’s Charles Pulliam-Moore, says that there’s a lot of concern brimming over what returning director J.J. Abrams may bring to The Rise of Skywalker. Unlike some of the hardcore Star Wars fans, others enjoyed The Last Jedi‘s reflective commentary on the series as a whole, as it acknowledged how overwhelming the
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Imagine Entertainment to Continue Shooting ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ in Georgia, but Might Boycott for Future Filming

Imagine Entertainment, which is set to start filming the Netflix movie “Hillbilly Elegy” in Georgia next month, says it will continue with production in the state but will shoot future productions elsewhere if Georgia’s recently passed “heartbeat” anti-abortion bill enters into law.

“After much thought and deliberation, we decided to continue with shooting ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ in Georgia next month,” read a statement to The Hollywood Reporter from Imagine founders Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Also Read: Georgia Film Event in Los Angeles Postponed as Backlash Over Anti-Abortion Bill Continues

“We felt we could not abandon the hundreds of women, and men, whose means of support depend on this production – including those who directly contribute on the film, and the businesses in the community that sustain the production. We see Governor Kemp’s bill as a direct attack on women’s rights, and we will be making a donation to
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Ascap Screen Awards Honor Pasek & Paul, Pinar Toprak and Michael Giacchino, Who Rallies Against Work Exodus

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Ascap Screen Awards Honor Pasek & Paul, Pinar Toprak and Michael Giacchino, Who Rallies Against Work Exodus
Richard Kind, the kindly goofball actor from “Spin City” and many Pixar films, opened the Ascap Screen Music Awards with a bondage joke.

“You wonder, why do I tell that to start off?” Kind said, responding to the roomful of titters at the Beverly Hilton. “Well, a joke about bondage and sexual deviation, amongst musicians — I know my audience.”

Kind hosted the 34th annual awards dinner at the request of Michael Giacchino, the Oscar-winning composer of “Up,” “Star Trek” and “Inside Out” (which featured Kind as the beloved Bing Bong). Giacchino received the Henry Mancini Award, Ascap’s top honor, which gave Kind an opportunity to lovingly razz the composer (“The only reason he grew a beard is so that people would think he was an adult”) and pour love on a man he called “the greatest spirit that you want to have around you.”

Introduced in person by Brad Bird and,
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Kylo Ren Strikes Back in First Look at Rise of Skywalker Toy Packaging

Kylo Ren Strikes Back in First Look at Rise of Skywalker Toy Packaging
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer was released last month and featured a brief scene of Kylo Ren's now-iconic helmet being repaired. We now have our best look at the mended mask as it will appear in the movie, thanks to new toy packaging, which ties in with the climactic final to all that has come before it. There has been a lot of talk about the helmet Kylo destroyed during a fit of frustration in The Last Jedi, after Supreme Leader Snoke called him out for playing dress up.

The latest look at The Rise of Skywalker toy packaging shows off Kylo Ren's repaired helmet, stitched together in red, giving it more of an ominous look than it had previously. The villain can be seen with his red Lightsaber, while stretching out his hand, presumably using the Force to stop someone or something. For an empty toy package,
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Rumored Rise of Skywalker Leak Could Change Everything for the Franchise

Rumored Rise of Skywalker Leak Could Change Everything for the Franchise
A new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker leak suggests a flashback scene will play with "our perspective" on the events in the latest trilogy. When Carrie Fisher passed away at the end of 2016, many were curious how Leia Organa would continue to be portrayed on the big screen. She had already finished her work on The Last Jedi, so that movie was fine. However, when it came time to announce The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm revealed they would be using unseen footage from The Force Awakens and would not be using another actress or digital effects to take her place.

With that being said, the latest leak suggests that Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, has shot a flashback scene for The Rise of Skywalker as Princess Leia, which takes place after Return of the Jedi. It is believed the scene will include Luke Skywalker and Leia, though it isn't
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Logo And First Photo From Star Trek: Picard Finally Revealed

This past month has been a bit of a wild ride for Star Trek fans. Not only did the crowdfunded Deep Space Nine documentary see a theatrical release, but a long-standing question regarding Garak’s sexuality was finally laid to rest. Patrick Stewart fans, meanwhile, will be glad to hear that a new series focusing on Jean-Luc Picard has officially entered production, and earlier today at the company’s All Access Upfronts presentation, CBS finally lifted the curtain on this new entry in the franchise.

As reported by ComicBook.com, those in attendance were treated to a first look at the show’s title, logo and even some never-before-seen footage. Up until now, the series has remained untitled, but during the presentation, CBS executives referred to it as Star Trek: Picard.

A logo appeared on screen as well, featuring the title spelled out in gold letters, with the Starfleet insignia
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Fear Street Movies Will Still Shoot in Georgia While Helping Fight Abortion Law

Fear Street Movies Will Still Shoot in Georgia While Helping Fight Abortion Law
R.L. Stine's Fear Street is getting a big screen adaptation trilogy and production is already under way in Georgia. The movie's producers, Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, are also producing the Starz drama P-Valley in Georgia. Chernin and Topping have announced they will make "a significant donation" to the Aclu after the state's recently passed abortion bill. Last week, Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed a piece of legislation deemed the "heartbeat bill," which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping found themselves in a bit of a pickle when the "heartbeat bill" was passed. The production duo already had projects, including the Fear Street trilogy, in Georgia going strong. They could have decided to pull the plug and look for a new location as many in Hollywood are banning Georgia as a shooting location due to the law, but that would have been another problem.
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Disney CEO confident that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be “extremely popular” with fans

Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, says that he is confident that fans of the franchise are going to be very pleased with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

We are only a matter of months away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – the much anticipated final chapter in the Skywalker saga. The film arrives this December and fans around the world are hoping to see something special.

Well, Disney CEO Bob Iger is pretty confident that fans of Star Wars will love the film, saying the following at the MoffettNathanson 6th Annual Media & Communications Summit (via ComicBook.com):

“It’s our feeling that we’ve done a good job with [the Star Wars movies we’ve helped make]. I haven’t seen [The Rise of Skywalker] finished yet, but I’m confident, based off of the pieces that I’ve seen and the script that I read, that it’s going to be extremely popular.”

Fans
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Chernin Entertainment Keeps Productions in Georgia, Will Donate to Fight Abortion Bill

  • Variety
Chernin Entertainment has announced it will keep its “Fear Street” trilogy and “P-Valley” TV series in Georgia while donating to oppose the state’s controversial “heartbeat” bill — which would ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy — signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

The move mirrors recent actions by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, which announced on May 10 that their HBO series “Lovecraft Country” would continue to shoot in Georgia as planned, but money from the production would be donated to two charities fighting the anti-abortion law. Indie producers Christine Vachon (“Carol”) and Mark Duplass (“Creep”) have expressed outrage over Hb 481, which would outlaw abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

Chernin Entertainment toppers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping said they would stay in Georgia while making a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union in a statement Wednesday.

“When the ‘fetal heartbeat bill
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Chernin Entertainment Will Film ‘Fear Street’ & ‘P-Valley’ In Georgia But Donate Money To Fight “Fetal Heartbeat” Law

Chernin Entertainment Will Film ‘Fear Street’ & ‘P-Valley’ In Georgia But Donate Money To Fight “Fetal Heartbeat” Law
Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are the latest industry figures to address their film and TV production in Georgia in the wake of the state’s new “fetal heartbeat” law. The Chernin Entertainment brass said today that they will continue to film their Fear Street movies and the upcoming Starz drama P-Valley in Atlanta but will make a “a significant donation” to the Aclu’s battle against the legislation.

Both projects are from female creators.

“We will stay in Georgia, stand shoulder to shoulder with the women of that state and the states under attack, and fight to win,” Chernin and Topping said in a statement. “In doing so will be making a significant donation to Aclu because whatever upside we have needs to be shared with the women everywhere who have the right as human beings to make medical decisions as sovereign individuals.”

Hollywood has rallied around the effort
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‘Fear Street’ Producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping to Keep Projects in Georgia, Donate to Aclu

‘Fear Street’ Producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping to Keep Projects in Georgia, Donate to Aclu
Producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping of Chernin Entertainment said in a statement Wednesday that their projects currently filming in Georgia, the Fox film trilogy “Fear Street” and the “P-Valley” TV series, will remain in the state, but they will be making a “significant donation to Aclu” in opposition to the anti-abortion “fetal heartbeat bill.”

“Our choice became pretty clear, we will stay in Georgia, stand shoulder to shoulder with the women of that state and the states under attack, and fight to win,” Chernin and Topping said in a joint statement. “In doing so will be making a significant donation to Aclu because whatever upside we have needs to be shared with the women everywhere who have the right as human beings to make medical decisions as sovereign individuals.”

Several Hollywood production companies have agreed to a boycott of the state of Georgia after Republican governor Brian Kemp signed
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A Third Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series Is Coming to Disney+, Says Bob Iger

Hope you didn't think that "hiatus" from Star Wars meant Disney wasn't going to continue to go balls-in on making Star Wars stuff, because whoops, there's a ton more Star Wars coming right at your dome. There will be a three-year gap between J.J. Abrams' The Rise of Skywalker and whatever the two dinguses in charge of Game of Thrones can cook up, but in the meantime, the streaming service Disney+ is going all-in on the live-action Star Wars series business. Two of them we knew about—Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian
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Georgia Film Event in Los Angeles Postponed as Backlash Over Anti-Abortion Bill Continues

Georgia Film Event in Los Angeles Postponed as Backlash Over Anti-Abortion Bill Continues
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has postponed a Los Angeles-based event to promote the Georgia film industry after intense backlash over the state’s recently-passed anti-abortion bill, Kemp’s spokesperson Cody Hall told TheWrap.

Originally scheduled for May 22 at the West Hollywood Sunset Tower Hotel, “Georgia Night in L.A.” has now been rescheduled for the fall. “In the meantime, the Governor will be touring production studios in Ga to meet with employees and reaffirm his commitment to the film industry in our state,” Hall said.

The Georgia Film Office and the West Hollywood Sunset Tower Hotel did not immediately respond for a request for comment.

Also Read: Alyssa Milano Calls for 'Sex Strike' in Response to Georgia's Anti-Abortion Law

Last week, Kemp signed into law House Bill 481, which bans abortions in the state after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, which could be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy,
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Georgia Calls Off Hollywood Event, Governor Pushes Studio Meetings to Fall Amid Abortion-Bill Tension (Exclusive)

  • Variety
As tension escalates over a controversial abortion bill in Georgia, the state film office has called off a Los Angeles celebration touting its industry ties, numerous individuals familiar with the event set for next week told Variety.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is pushing that event, dated for May 22 at West Hollywood’s Sunset Tower hotel, and his previously reported meetings with top studio executives to the fall, an individual with knowledge of his plans said. The changes come as show business weighs boycotting Georgia as a production hub, following Kemp’s signing of Hb 481 — a bill that seeks to outlaw abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

In the meantime, Kemp will pivot to local strategy, the insider added, by embarking on a tour of state production facilities and vendors in efforts to “reaffirm” his commitment to the industry. In a statement last week, the MPAA estimated that film
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2022 Star Wars Movie Is Coming from Game of Thrones Team Says Disney

2022 Star Wars Movie Is Coming from Game of Thrones Team Says Disney
It's official: the 2022 Star Wars movie is going to be coming from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creative team behind HBO's Game of Thrones. We recently learned that Disney has mapped out their release plans for the franchise following the release of J.J. Abrams' The Rise of Skywalker later this year, which will conclude the sequel trilogy and, more importantly, the Skywalker saga we've been following since 1977. The next, new chapter of the franchise is debuting in theaters in 2022 and Benioff and Weiss will indeed be behind it.

We first learned that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had struck a deal with Disney and Lucasfilm in February 2018. Lucasfilm had also announced prior to the release of The Last Jedi that director Rian Johnson was set to work on his very own Star Wars trilogy set outside the confines of the Skywalker saga. So it wasn't totally
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Rise of Skywalker Early Cut Has John Williams Feeling Very Happy

Rise of Skywalker Early Cut Has John Williams Feeling Very Happy
The first trailer for The Rise of Skywalker premiered last month and John Williams has been working on the score. The legendary Star Wars composer says he is, "very happy" with the footage he has seen so far. And if anyone knows anything about the franchise, it's the man who has been giving it the emotional pulls and pushes through the music over the past 40+ years. Williams is responsible for the chills many hardcore fans get when they arrive to theaters to see each and every new installment.

So far, John Williams has composed about 25 minutes of new music for The Rise of Skywalker and he is quite pleased with what J.J. Abrams has brought to the table this time around. Since we're going to be witnessing the final movie of the Skywalker saga, one would imagine we could end up hearing more than a few familiar motifs from past installments.
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John Williams Is Very Pleased With Early Cut Of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

I learned in my first film class during college that film is not 50/50 sound/picture, no sir. The actual ratio is closer to 70/30, as sound is, outside of smell, the most viscerally intense of the five senses. This fact alone, technically, makes John Williams the most important part of the Star Wars universe. His crescendos and arrangements have lent more emotion to several key scenes in our favorite galaxy far, far away than amazing cinematography or a perfectly yelped “No!” could ever bring to the table. That streak is set to continue, and end, in the finale of the Skywalker saga.

As far as the film itself is shaping up, the Indiana Jones composer is said to be happy with an early cut of J.J. Abrams’ course correction The Rise of Skywalker, being quoted as saying he’s “very happy” with what footage he has seen so far. Williams has
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