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Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Headed for Underwhelming Holiday Weekend Debut

Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Headed for Underwhelming Holiday Weekend Debut
Solo: A Star Wars Story” is struggling to make the kind of opening weekend impact now expected from a Star Wars film, with an estimated $114 million from 4,381 domestic sites over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. Earlier estimates had pegged the film in the $130-$150 million range.

“Solo” earned about $35.6 million through Friday, including $14.1 million from Thursday grosses, the highest Thursday for a Memorial Day opener. But a $114 million opening would have “Solo” trailing the three-day debut of the last anthology film, “Rogue One,” by $41 million — to say nothing of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s” $220 million opening.
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The 'Star Wars' Universe Is Becoming More Like Marvel's

The 'Star Wars' Universe Is Becoming More Like Marvel's
[This story contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story]

There’s something about the last minute reveal at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story that feels at once inevitable and surprising. It's an unexpected lurch towards the Marvel Studios model of cinematic universes that goes beyond the Easter Eggs of earlier movies, and towards a school of thought that expects audiences to watch every movie in the series in case of unexpected crossovers. Despite its troubled production, does Solo point to the future of Star Wars movies?

For the majority of its runtime, Solo behaves like a traditional Star Wars movie of the Disney ...
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‘Solo’ Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend

‘Solo’ Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is flying well below forecasts, heading for a Memorial Day weekend launch of around $110 million domestically, early estimates showed Friday.

The four-day figure is significantly under the studio’s recent estimates in the $130 million to $150 million range at 4,380 North American locations. First-day grosses are coming in at about $32 million — including $14.1 million from previews, which set a Memorial Day weekend record.

Should the holiday estimate hold for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” it will raise questions about franchise fatigue and Disney’s strategy of opening the tentpole a mere five months after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted on Dec. 16. “The Last Jedi” debuted impressively with $220 million in North America, and went on to earn $620 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide.

“Solo” is the 10th Star Wars movie and fourth from Disney in less than four years. Critics have been mostly positive with a current 70% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

At $110 million, “Solo” would be only the sixth-biggest film to open on Memorial Day weekend. Disney’s 2007 release “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” currently holds that title with $139.8 million, followed by “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Fast and Furious 6,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
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‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Returns to Netflix With ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’

‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Returns to Netflix With ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’
Mudbound director Dee Rees is headed back to Netflix with her new film. Rees will adapt Joan Didion’s book The Last Thing He Wanted for the streaming platform, with Anne Hathaway set to star. Dee Rees’ Mudbound was one of the best films of last year, so the more movies she makes, the better off we’ll all
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‘Adrift’ Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting Shailene Woodley, Shooting Surrounded by Sharks

‘Adrift’ Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting Shailene Woodley, Shooting Surrounded by Sharks
Baltasar Kormakur has taken on epics like “Everest,” an action-comedy in “Two Guns” and an atmospheric Icelandic TV drama series with “Trapped.” The director-producer-writer is often drawn to tales of extreme elements and survival. Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin in the true story of a couple who faces tragedy on the ocean, “Adrift” open June 1.
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David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury

David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury
U.S. producer David Permut and Japanese director Naomi Kawase have joined the jury for the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival. The jury is to be headed by Chinese director and actor Jiang Wen.

Others joining the jury, which decides the festival’s Golden Goblety (Jin Jue) Awards, include Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, Turkish director-producer Semih Kaplanoglu, mainland Chinese actress Qin Hailu and Taiwan actor Chang Chen, who was recently on the jury in Cannes.

The festival boasts other connections with Cannes too. The Cannes Film Market party was this year sponsored by Siff. And Shanghai organizers claim to be stepping up co-operation with other major festivals around the world, led by Cannes.

The appointment of Jiang and the announcement of a “Sissi trilogy” to celebrate the 80th birthday of the late Romy Schneider, was announced in March. Others in the Classics section include 4K restored versions of several titles directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
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Kate Bosworth, Michael Polish Launch Montana Art School; Night Fox To Produce Horror Pic ‘Streetwalkers’ – Film Briefs

Wife and husband filmmaking duo Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish have launched a nonprofit art school, Montana Institute of the Arts, to help students learn the responsibilities of pre-production through a delivered product. The institution, now accepting applications, promises a hands-on approach to the moviemaking process, which will be taught by industry professionals. "As a Montana resident who has a long family lineage here, it is important to me that the Montana…
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Emilia Clarke Says Ron Howard ‘Saved’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Emilia Clarke Says Ron Howard ‘Saved’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Other than Phil Lord and Chris Miller, everyone involved with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” seems pretty happy that Ron Howard ended up directing the film. That includes Emilia Clarke, who says the Oscar-winning filmmaker “saved” the production in her Vanity Fair cover story: “All hail to Kathy [Kennedy] for hiring Ron.”

She also includes what may be a subtle dig at her former directors: “I struggled with Qi’ra quite a lot,” Clarke says of her character. “I was like: ‘Y’all need to stop telling me that she’s ‘film noir,’ because that ain’t a note.’” One might reasonably assume that the “y’all” in question are Lord and Miller.

“When it comes to that amount of money, you’re almost waiting for that to happen,” Clarke adds of what went down. “Money fucks us all up, doesn’t it? There’s so much pressure. Han Solo is a really beloved character.
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The Best Family Movies on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: May 26th While the world of streaming has opened up a vast amount of possibilities in terms of viewing options, it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to decide exactly what to choose—especially when you have the entire family on the brain. That’s why we’ve crafted a specially curated list of the best family movies on Netflix, which runs down the very best movie-watching options for all (or at least most) ages to enjoy. They range from animated features to uplifting live-action stories of real-life heroes. Netflix has a host of options thanks …
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Ed Skrein on His Love for ‘In Darkness’ & Playing a Cyborg in ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

From director Anthony Byrne, who co-wrote the film with his partner Natalie Dormer, the dramatic thriller In Darkness follows Sofia (played by Dormer), a blind pianist who overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbor, Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski). As a result, Sofia finds herself in the presence of Veronique’s father, suspected war criminal Milos Radic (Jan Bijvoet), and she’s drawn into a dangerous world of corruption where everyone is keeping secrets. At the film’s L.A. press day, Collider got the opportunity to sit down and chat 1-…
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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Make “Star Wars on Acid,” Emilia Clarke Says

‘Game of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Make “Star Wars on Acid,” Emilia Clarke Says
Game of Thrones will soon close out its buzzy, critically acclaimed eight-season run next year, putting an end to the zeitgeist that the HBO series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ruled over for nearly a decade. But Benioff and Weiss will soon find themselves in the cockpit of yet another beloved franchise. Lucasfilm announced the Game of […]

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Ashley Judd Calls Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest a ‘Watershed Event’ for the #MeToo Era

Ashley Judd Calls Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest a ‘Watershed Event’ for the #MeToo Era
Ashley Judd, one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, has called his arrest both “resoundingly significant” and “a watershed event.” Judd sued Weinstein for sexual harassment and defamation earlier this month, alleging that he referred to her as “a nightmare” to work with and prevented her from being cast in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

“That Harvey Weinstein, a powerful man who thrived and flourished as he shattered and abused women in a culture of impunity was arrested and charged is resoundingly significant,” Judd wrote in a pair of tweets.

“It is a watershed event, an irreversible pivot away from tacit and explicit license to exploit to clarity about unacceptable behavior no longer being tolerated. Today, these images of Harvey in handcuffs are possible because of the voices, backbone, & determination, in spite of the unknown & retaliation, demonstrated by survivors & the journalists who reported our stories.
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How My Struggle As A Survivor Of Sexual Abuse Became ‘The Tale’, A Movie I Hope Will Change The World – Guest Column

Editor’S Note: Jennifer Fox’s The Tale airs tonight at 10 Pm on HBO, after a Sundance Film Festival premiere in January, which is where I first saw it. The film is a powerful piece of memoir in which Fox, best known for her work in documentary film, struggles with a revelation that a relationship she had when she was 13 with a much older man had not been the romantic first love as she had framed it in her memory for many years. She is played as herself in the film, by…
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‘The Expanse’ Officially Rescued By Amazon for a Fourth Season [Updated]

Update: Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson have issued a statement, confirming that Amazon is picking up the show: “We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such […]

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Paz de la Huerta ‘Couldn’t Stop Crying’ After Harvey Weinstein Was Arrested Yesterday

Paz de la Huerta ‘Couldn’t Stop Crying’ After Harvey Weinstein Was Arrested Yesterday
Paz de la Huerta, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her twice in 2010, had an understandably emotional reaction to news of the disgraced former mogul’s arrest yesterday: tears. “I just felt extremely emotional today,” the actress tells Vanity Fair in an interview. “I couldn’t stop crying. I don’t know why. It should be a day of celebration, but I feel melancholic about it all.”

De la Huerta currently lives in France, but plans to return to New York in order to be interviewed by prosecutors. “Anything that will put him in jail will make me happy, but it’s important to me that my voice is heard. I’m happy we’re closer to justice. But I feel my case is being overlooked and not taken as seriously, and that upsets me,” she adds.

“It’s complicated. Part of me is very happy, and part of me is sad.
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‘Sesame Street’ is Suing the Dirty Puppet Movie ‘The Happytime Murders’

‘Sesame Street’ is Suing the Dirty Puppet Movie ‘The Happytime Murders’
Dirty, filthy puppet movie The Happytime Murders just got slapped with a lawsuit from the makers of Sesame Street, who aren’t very happy about all this R-rated puppet stuff. Sesame Workshop, the folks who run Sesame Street, are suing the makers of the raunchy puppet movie, claiming the film tarnishes the Sesame Street brand. Big Bird could not […]

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The Week In Deadline Videos & Podcasts: Ron Howard, Will Yun Lee, And Natalie Dormer

This week’s roundup of Deadline’s video series and podcasts includes an array of guests that will give you something to watch and listen throughout Memorial Day weekend. Behind The Lens goes on location to the French Riviera and the Cannes Film Festival, where Pete Hammond sat down a few days ago with Oscar-winning director Ron Howard for a wide-ranging discussion of the varied aspects of his career. For Next Generation TV, Dominic Patten talks with Natalie Dormer about…
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‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’ And The Road To Redemption

The Coen Brothers film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” is heavily influenced by Homer’s “The Odyssey.” It is a story rife with moral conflict for both the characters to traverse and the audience, in turn, to justify and empathize. With both works existing in a time of changes, symbols and characters are borrowed and reimagined for the Coens to build upon. The path audiences are lead down is one of winding, ambiguous principles to the final destination of redemption.
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‘Insidious: The Last Key’ Locks Up $100M+ Overseas For Franchise First

Exclusive: Sony/Blumhouse's Insidious: The Last Key has cracked the $100M mark at the international box office. This makes the 4th title in the series the only one to pass the century milestone. The current overseas cume is $100.14M with $167M worldwide to become the franchise's highest grossing title both offshore and globally. Universal had domestic on the Adam Robitel-helmed chiller with Sony Pictures Releasing International taking the rest of the world. Sony Pictures…
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‘The Happytime Murders’: ‘Sesame Street’ Sues Production Company for Using Its Name in Marketing Campaign

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to court? Stx might be asking that question, as the production company is being sued by the makers of “Sesame Street” over “The Happytime Murders.” Melissa McCarthy stars in the comedy, which Brian Henson is directing and which takes a considerably more irreverent look at Muppets than most viewers are used to.

“Sesame has demanded that Defendants simply drop the references to Sesame Street from ‘The Happytime Murders’ marketing materials – a relatively small burden compared to the devastating and irreparable injury Defendants are causing,” reads a complaint filed yesterday by Sesame Workshop. “But Defendants have refused, and the confusion and tarnishment are building, as evidenced in numerous social media postings.”

The Happytime Murders” makes no secret of the similarities, including the tagline “No Sesame, All Street.”

The complaint continues, “The promotion of ‘The Happytime Murders’ should succeed or fail on its own merits,
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