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'A Quiet Place' Hopes to Hold off Newcomers and Return to Weekend #1

'A Quiet Place' Hopes to Hold off Newcomers and Return to Weekend #1
Audiences may already be looking ahead to Avengers: Infinity War, but this weekend could feature an interesting battle among the top three. While we're expecting A Quiet Place to return to the weekend's #1 spot, the race could be a little closer should Rampage hold on better than expected or if Amy Schumer's new comedy I Feel Pretty outperforms expectations. The weekend also sees the release of Fox Searchlight's Super Troopers 2 and Lionsgate's release of Traffik into a moderate number of locations. Beginning with A Quiet Place, the horror/thriller has already brought in nearly $110 million and is poised to top recent horror hits Split and The Conjuring. With Paramount adding another 219 locations for a total of 3,808 theaters, we're anticipating a 36% drop and a three-day right around $21 million. Come the end of the weekend the film should top $130 million domestically. Look for Dwayne Johnson's Rampage to
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David Frankel to Direct 'Beautiful Ruins' Adaptation for Fox 2000

David Frankel to Direct 'Beautiful Ruins' Adaptation for Fox 2000
David Frankel is in negotiations to direct the adaptation of Beautiful Ruins for Fox 2000.

The story centers on an American actress who travels to Italy in 1962 during the production of Cleopatra, considered the most expensive flop in Hollywood history. In a plotline spanning decades and locations, the actress' narrative intertwines with Elizabeth Taylor, who starred in the real-life version of Cleopatra, and the subsequent love affair between Taylor and Richard Burton.

Sam Mendes will produce the book adaptation via his Neal Street banner, along with Julia Pastor and Karen Rosenfelt. Author Jess Walter will exec produce with Pippa Harris.

Frankel,...
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‘Masters of the Universe’ Finds New Directors in the Nee Brothers

‘Masters of the Universe’ Finds New Directors in the Nee Brothers
Well, this was unexpected. The long-gestating (and I mean loooong) big screen reboot of Masters of the Universe has finally found its directors and it’s a duo with whom you are almost surely unfamiliar: Aaron Nee and Adam Nee. Variety has the scoop, but there’s not much information beyond the hiring of the Nee brothers for […]

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‘Deadpool 2’s’ David Leitch to Direct Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘The Division’ (Exclusive)

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‘Deadpool 2’s’ David Leitch to Direct Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘The Division’ (Exclusive)
Deadpool 2” director David Leitch has set his sights on his next project, signing on to helm Ubisoft’s “The Division” movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.

The news comes just months after it was announced that he’s also on board to direct the “Fast and Furious” spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Sources stress that the Universal spinoff will shoot first, as that film is already set to go into production this fall, and the hope is that Leitch would move on to prep “The Division” some time in 2019.

“Gold” director Stephen Gaghan was previously attached to helm the video game adaptation, but has since left the project.

Leitch’s producing partner, Kelly McCormick, will produce along with Leitch through their 8711 banner, as well as Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Nine Stories and Chastain and Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films alongside Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

Based on the best-selling video game,
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Jesse Plemons Lands Villain Role Opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ (Exclusive)

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Jesse Plemons Lands Villain Role Opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ (Exclusive)
Jesse Plemons is setting sail with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in Disney’s “The Jungle Cruise,” sources tell Variety.

Plemons will play one of the film’s villains. As previously announced, Edgar Ramirez and Jack Whitehall are also on board.

Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the movie based on the classic theme park attraction, which operates in several Disney Parks across the globe and takes guests on a guided tour through the rivers of the world. Michael Green (“Logan”) penned the most recent draft of the script, rewritten from screenplay by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

Disney plans to develop the film as a possible franchise in the vein of its billion-dollar “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

John Davis and John Fox will produce via Davis Entertainment; Beau Flynn will produce with his FlynnPictureCo. banner; and Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia will produce through Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon is co-producing the movie,
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Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,' Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’

Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,' Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’
Terry Gilliam’s notoriously long-in-the-works “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” will close next month’s Cannes Film Festival, president Pierre Lescure announced Thursday.

In addition, festival organizers confirmed that Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” a serial killer drama starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, would screen out of competition.

On Tuesday, festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux had signaled that the Danish director would be welcomed back to the festival seven years after he was declared “persona non grata” at the festival for comments he made about Adolf Hitler.
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Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)

Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)
Lee Daniels has signed on to executive produce the indie urban drama film Pimp.

Written and directed by Christine Crokos, the love story stars Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Haley Ramm (The Originals), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter), Mike E. Winfield (Conversations in L.A.), Edi Cathegi (Twilight) and Dmx.

Pimp marks the first film that Daniels — the writer-director-producer behind such hits as Empire, Star, Precious and The Butler — has executive produced. The impetus for his involvement stemmed from wanting to support a new generation of filmmakers with authentic voices and a unique approach to storytelling.

Pimp...
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House Arrest Extended for Kirill Serebrennikov, Director of Cannes Film 'Summer'

House Arrest Extended for Kirill Serebrennikov, Director of Cannes Film 'Summer'
In a hearing late on Wednesday, a Moscow court extended house arrest for Kirill Serebrennikov, the director of Cannes official competition title Summer, through July 19, ending his chances of travelling to the festival.

In a move widely criticized in the Russian artistic community, the country's culture ministry sided with the prosecutors and supported their request for the extension of Serebrennikov's house arrest.

The director now won’t be making it to the festival, which runs May 8-19.

The case against Serebrennikov and several other people involved with the theater company Sedmaya Studia, which he used to head, was opened in...
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‘Scandal’ Series Finale Knows That Its Gladiators Did a Lot of Bad Things, but Asks Us to Forgive Them Anyway

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‘Scandal’ Series Finale Knows That Its Gladiators Did a Lot of Bad Things, but Asks Us to Forgive Them Anyway
[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for “Scandal” Season 7, Episode 18, “Over a Cliff”]

Pour out a bottle of Bordeaux for Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her friends and enemies, as Thursday night brought their story to a close. “Over a Cliff” did its best to wrap up major emotional arcs, serve (at least one of) the bad guys official justice, and establish that in the most powerful town in America, Olivia had earned her place at the top.

What has always appealed to this non-“Grey’s Anatomy” fan about “Scandal” was that while both Shonda Rhimes-created series exist in their own heightened realities, the tone was more compatible with “Scandal’s” similarity to paperback thrillers than “Grey’s” similarity to a more soapy version of “E.R.”

The first season of “Scandal,” when you revisit it, remains a tight, compelling political drama that mixed cases-of-the-week with an ever-growing conspiracy; Season 2 cemented its status as unskippable TV.
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Geoffrey Rush: Daily Telegraph loses bid to bring theatre company into lawsuit

Actor is suing News Corp paper over stories alleging inappropriate behaviour in Sydney Theatre Company play

The Daily Telegraph’s attempt to again amend its defence in the defamation lawsuit brought by the actor Geoffrey Rush has been rejected by a federal court judge.

Justice Michael Wigney also dismissed a bid by the newspaper to launch a cross-claim against Sydney Theatre Company, describing the proposal as “very weak if not tenuous”.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review – an outbreak of world war twee

Populated by Downtown Abbey graduates, this glutinous postwar rom-dram is a load of cobblers

Time for another outbreak of world war twee: a glutinous 40s-period exercise in British rom-dram solemnity, as if Downton Abbey were subject to a very polite Nazi occupation. Just reading the cutesy title made me lose the will to live halfway through.

Lily James plays Juliet Ashton, the bestselling British author of witty but shallow wartime vignettes, who is engaged to a terribly handsome American. But now the war is over, she is yearningly dissatisfied and longs for something to tap creatively into the real pain that is still in her heart (the film gestures at the bereavement she suffered in the blitz). I should admit that James does her best with all this, and wears 40s fashions with some style.
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Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Brian De Palma On ‘Scarface’ F-Bombs, Chainsaw And Origin Story – Tribeca

Reprising some familiar stories but filling in plenty of fond nuance, the lead actors and director of Scarface marked the film's 35th anniversary with a crowd-pleasing Q&A session at the Tribeca Film Festival. After a screening of the 1983 film, director Brian De Palma joined Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer (who played Tony Montana's gangster partner) to reminisce. As they were brought onstage one by one, the sold-out Beacon Theatre crowd let out loud…
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23 Films (and Virtual Reality Works) We’re Looking Forward to at the Tribeca Film Festival

Well, the curtain has already risen, but I’ve yet to see a film — I’m heading to my first screening in about 90 minutes. So, it’s not too late for my annual list of movies I’m looking forward to at the Tribeca Film Festival. This list is just what it sounds like — anticipated movies based on buzz, knowledge of the filmmakers, word of mouth, etc. And it’s heavily skewed towards premiere titles that haven’t been reviewed yet. A quick note that this list has been easier to put together this year simply due to the sheer number of films […]
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'Rampage' eyes $200m international tally by end of weekend

'Rampage' eyes $200m international tally by end of weekend
Ready Player One stands at $370.8m

The Dwayne Johnson action adventure Rampage stands a good chance of crossing $200m through Warner Bros Pictures International this weekend and remains the one to beat.

The tentpole about a scientist who tries to stop mutant beasts run amok in Chicago has stormed to an early $152.6m after one week and $196.9m globally.

Warner Bros is on a roll. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi smash Ready Player One stands at $370.8m and ventures into Japan this weekend. Meanwhile Game Night has grossed $40.7m, and Clint Eastwood’s thriller 15:17 To Paris $20.1m.

Fox International opens
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Johnny Depp Dumped By New Lawyers As Trial Looms In Ex-Biz Managers Battle

Exclusive: At World's End may not just be a title in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for Johnny Depp but also the state of the star's $25 million fraud lawsuit with his former business managers. Less than three weeks after losing heavyweights Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Llp as part of his legal team in the nearly year and a half long multi-complaint battle with The Management Group, Depp has now been bloodlessly cut loose by replacement Michelman & Robinson
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‘Cargo’ Review: Netflix Zombie Movie is ‘Train to Busan’ Meets the Australian Outback — Tribeca

‘Cargo’ Review: Netflix Zombie Movie is ‘Train to Busan’ Meets the Australian Outback — Tribeca
Thanks to George A. Romero’s game-changing “Night of the Living Dead,” the horror genre loves to imagine a world decimated by the decay of civilization, where humanity fears the primal darkness that lurks inside, waiting to be unlocked by a mysterious outbreak or freak accident. But the zombie resurgence that overtook television, video games, and films over the past decade has grown predictably stale. We know how to survive a “World War Z” scenario, and zombie films need to offer a lot more than heroes escaping harrowing situations where the undead are grabbing for them from every direction.

“Cargo,” Netflix’s latest horror offering, manages to elevate itself above “The Walking Dead” ennui by taking a page from 2016’s highly successful “Train to Busan,” with a similarly complex father-daughter relationship at its core. Co-written and co-directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, “Cargo” was expanded from a short film
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‘Bosch’ Boss Discusses Eleanor’s Big Scene and What’s Coming in Season 5

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Bosch” Season 4.]

The life of a homicide detective is not an easy one, but Det. Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch (Titus Welliver) has been tested even more than usual this season on his eponymous Amazon series. As the lead on a task force investigating the murder of a high-profile attorney on Los Angeles’ Angels Flight railcar, Bosch has to contend with public perception, a shady police commission chief, and possible corruption inside the Lapd.

And while that’s all part of the job, Bosch’s own personal tragedies have also overlapped with cases this year. Our hero finally got closure for the cold case murder of his mother since that killer and the Angels Flight killer turned out to be one and the same. But the biggest blow came when Harry had to watch his ex-wife Eleanor (Sarah Clarke) get gunned down and die. In trying to bring her killers to justice,
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Film News Roundup: Virginia Madsen, Valeria Cotto to Star in Supernatural Thriller ‘Sarah’

Film News Roundup: Virginia Madsen, Valeria Cotto to Star in Supernatural Thriller ‘Sarah’
In today’s film news, Virginia Madsen takes on a supernatural thriller; Jason Wiles, Michael Beach, Lonnie Chavis, and Ryan Merriman star in “Sunny Daze”; and FilmNation takes sales rights to Almodovar’s latest.

Castings

Virginia Madsen and “The Florida Project” star Valeria Cotto will star in the independent supernatural movie “Sarah” with shooting starting in Los Angeles in May.

Tallulah Evans will play the titular role as Sarah. Rachel Crow (“Bumble Bee”), Spencer List, Malaak Hattab, and Daniel Pinder have also been cast. The project centers on a teen harboring a dark secret as she visits her relatives for the summer. Madsen will be playing an occultist in the film.

The screenplay was written by Alexander Garcia, who will also be directing and producing under his Multi-Valence productions banner alongside producing partner Anne Stimac with Stuart Arbury. Shaeda Moghaddam is executive producing.

Madsen received an Academy Award nomination in
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2019 Oscars: Best Picture Predictions

Last year, Petty Jenkins’ DC comic-book movie “Wonder Woman” far exceeded expectations of quality, critical acclaim, and box office, but was shut out of the Oscar race. That won’t happen with Marvel’s “Black Panther,” which should ride the swells of worldwide acclaim and blockbuster status to become a Best Picture Oscar contender. But it will be a challenge for Disney to push this Marvel superhero success beyond the technical categories. They will need to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that Ryan Coogler’s achievement rises to the level of art.

Comic-book epics rarely yield major Oscar nominations.Heath Ledger’s posthumously win as Supporting Actor for Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” entry “The Dark Knight” in 2008 was an anomaly; if superhero movies are in the running, it’s usually for VFX and technical nods. They even win some, especially with the original iteration, before it’s a full-fledged franchise.
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Dwayne Johnson Refutes IndieWire’s ‘Rampage’ Box-Office Takeaway, But Both Sides Are Right — Analysis

Dwayne Johnson Refutes IndieWire’s ‘Rampage’ Box-Office Takeaway, But Both Sides Are Right — Analysis
It would be exciting to be noticed by any major Hollywood player, but even more so from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is as smart as he is successful. And when he tweets, he deserves an answer.

Tom, mi amigo

Our projected domestic opening was always $35m. We exceeded at 35.7m. Projected worldwide opening was $120m. We exceeded big w/ $151m. My personal biggest opening ever in China and 60-70% market share in many territories. No scoreboard pointing yet my friend

Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 19, 2018

His tweet responded to my just-published article about “Rampage” and how it positioned him as a contender for the biggest star in movies (particularly in domestic play). He took aim at the headline. So, a response is in order.

The headline synthesized the story’s message, which focused on his film’s domestic performance. “Rampage” was #1 for the weekend, and indeed met and slightly exceeded domestic projections.
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