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'Solo' Isn't Flying So High, Delivering Soft Memorial Day Weekend Debut

'Solo' Isn't Flying So High, Delivering Soft Memorial Day Weekend Debut
Disney and Lucasfilms's Solo: A Star Wars Story topped the Memorial Day holiday weekend box office, but the film fell well short of expectations, raising a few valid questions. Was it too soon to release another Star Wars movie five months after the last installment and was the competition just too stiff from the likes of Deadpool 2 and Disney's own Avengers: Infinity War? With an estimated $83.3 million over the three-day weekend, Solo: A Star Wars Story is the weekend's #1 film and while Disney is currently anticipating a $101 million, the question remains as to whether it will be able to bring in enough to reach $100 million over the four-day holiday frame. Disney entered the weekend projecting a performance anywhere from $130-150 million for the four-day weekend and with a reported $300 million price tag before prints and advertising this weekend's performance is extremely disappointing. While competition from Deadpool 2 and
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Denis Villeneuve Confirms 'Dune' Will Be Released in Two Parts

Denis Villeneuve Confirms 'Dune' Will Be Released in Two Parts
Esteemed Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has quickly shot up the ranks of Hollywood’s top-shelf directors. While “Blade Runner 2049” wasn’t a box office hit, unable to earn even $100 million domestically, it was well respected, earning five Oscar nominations and two wins including the overdue statue for legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins. The movie earned the already-prized director clout, and he’s using it to make his “dream project,” an adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s classic science fiction novel ‘Dune,” which was made into a film by David Lynch back in 1984 (arguably his first and only misstep).
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‘Black Panther’ Princess Letitia Wright Is Ready To Rule If Required

‘Black Panther’ Princess Letitia Wright Is Ready To Rule If Required
Black Panther star Letitia Wright suggested at the McM Comic-con show in London that her character, Shuri, may take over as Wakanda’s future leader. The show ran from Friday and ended today. Wright was answering an audience member question on whether she was prepared to step up as ruler after Thanos’s actions in Avengers: Infinity War left the leadership position at least temporarily vacant. “To be comic-book accurate, yes,” she said. Shuri’s fate was left unclear at…
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Stumbles Overseas With $65 Million Launch

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Stumbles Overseas With $65 Million Launch
Solo: A Star Wars Story” is struggling in a galaxy not so far away.

The Han Solo origin film began its international run with a dismal $65 million this weekend. Its three-day domestic total of $84 million and four-day estimate of $101 million would bring “Solo’s” worldwide launch to $148 million.

“Solo” is currently tracking the lowest opening for a “Star Wars” movie. The most recent “Star Wars” installment, “The Last Jedi,” opened internationally in December 2017 with $230 million and went on to generate $712 million overseas. “Rogue One” — the first standalone “Star Wars” anthology film — debuted in 2016 with an international total of $134 million. It ultimately earned $523 million overseas.
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Christopher Nolan Calls Stanley Kubrick the Greatest Filmmaker in the History of Film

Christopher Nolan Calls Stanley Kubrick the Greatest Filmmaker in the History of Film
As you may have noticed over the last few months, Christopher Nolan is pretty into “2001: A Space Odyssey.” He presented an unrestored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi benchmark at Cannes ahead of its recent theatrical release, and more recently appeared on the Treatment podcast to discuss his love of the film itself and film in general, describing celluloid and the photochemical process as “the best analogy for the way the eye sees that’s been invented.”

“There’s a depth to the color, there’s a superiority to the resolution, there’s a depth to the blacks, the contrasts, everything. I mean, there are all kinds of things that digital technology can’t duplicate,” Nolan adds.

“It can do its own version and all that, and there are a lot of filmmakers who respond really well to that and really enjoy that version of imaging, but it’s different.
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China Box Office: 'Solo' Bombs With Third-Place $10.1M Opening

China Box Office: 'Solo' Bombs With Third-Place $10.1M Opening
The Millennium Falcon just malfunctioned and crashed to earth somewhere in China.

Putting in one of the worst opening-weekend performances of any Hollywood tentpole of recent memory, Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story earned just $10.1 million in its first frame in China, according to early estimates from ticketing app Maoyan.

The sputtering start left the Han Solo origin story lagging in a distant third place behind two holdovers. Chinese romantic comedy How Long Will I Love U dominated with $25 million in its second weekend, while Avengers: Infinity War similarly trounced its fellow Disney title, earning ...
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Box Office Breakouts ‘Rbg’ and ‘First Reformed’ Hold Strong

Box Office Breakouts ‘Rbg’ and ‘First Reformed’ Hold Strong
Yet another fashion designer documentary, “The Gospel According to Andre” (Magnolia), stood out among new specialized releases. While Memorial Day Weekend will occasionally launch a major platform release like Terence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” a few years ago, this year’s holiday weekend maintained the norm.

Nonetheless specialized audiences are still searching out top films like Magnolia’s Top Ten $5-million breakout “Rbg,” about the octogenarian Supreme Court justice, which continues to thrive at over 400 theaters. Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” (A24) found more interest in its second weekend in a top city expansion as it goes full steam ahead.
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Concert Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets Adoring Tribute at Hollywood Bowl

Concert Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets Adoring Tribute at Hollywood Bowl
Is “Beauty and the Beast” dated? A little bit, if only when pitted against contemporary ethics. As the original, animated version of the film unspooled at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night in a combination of screening and all-star live musical performance, it was clear that a few of the moral lessons imparted in 1991 seem slightly out of step with the mores of 2018.

The concept of captivity as a breeding ground for romance seems ripe for a #BelleToo response. And however eagerly we await the beast’s screen redemption, surely all the psychological think-pieces of the last few years have disabused us of believing clinical narcissism is even remotely a curable condition. As for the idea that the west wing is the most treacherous place a person could venture… well, okay, that one still holds.

But the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken could sell us on anything, and
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The Path Forward for 'Star Wars' After 'Solo'

The Path Forward for 'Star Wars' After 'Solo'
The galaxy far, far way is feeling closer and closer. This weekend’s release of Solo: A Star Wars Story gives audiences a new Star Wars film just a mere five months after the previous entry, The Last Jedi. What once seemed like limited events are now commonalities as the episodic Star Wars films have given way to Star Wars stories, spinoffs that flesh out the moments in between episodes. There’s nothing wrong with more Star Wars. In fact, with all of the capes and costumes that dominate the box office, it’s refreshing to have something a bit different in the form of ...
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Woody Harrelson Is Not the Typical 'Star Wars' Mentor

Woody Harrelson Is Not the Typical 'Star Wars' Mentor
[This story contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story]

Solo: A Star Wars Story holds an interesting position on the border between familiar, well-known territory and a brave new world, as the first film in the franchise not to feature any members of the Skywalker family. While Solo is easily the installment least interested in exploring the nature of the Force, there are other ways in which the film sticks closely to tried and true Star Wars narrative formulas. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the character of Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Ever since the very beginning, with Leia’s (Carrie ...
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Korea Box Office: ‘Believer’ Wins as ‘Solo’ Opens Fourth

Korea Box Office: ‘Believer’ Wins as ‘Solo’ Opens Fourth
Crime drama, “Believer” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. Opening on Tuesday, the Next Entertainment World release earned $14.9 million from 1.8 million admissions over six days, including some $9.21 million earned between Friday and Sunday. It accounted for 54% of the total weekend box office. Directed by Lee Hae-young the Korean remake of Hong Kong thriller “Drug War” will open in the U.S. on June 8 through Well Go USA.

Deadpool 2” and “Avengers: Infinity War” slipped to second and third places, respectively. With a drop of 69%, Fox’s “Deadpool” earned $3.68 million for a cumulative of $26.9 million after two weekends. Disney’s “Infinity War” earned $890,000 to extend its five-weekend total to $91.4 million.

Another Disney release, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” debuted in fourth place on Thursday. The “Star Wars” spinoff earned $931,000 over its opening four days. Upi’s horror thriller “Truth or Dare” debuted on the same day as “Believer” and took fifth place,
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Andrei Cretulescu Finds New Romanian Rhythm in ‘Charleston’

Andrei Cretulescu Finds New Romanian Rhythm in ‘Charleston’
Like the old-fashioned dance from which it takes its name – in which “one of the rules,” as director Andrei Cretulescu slyly notes, “is that you have to switch partners” – “Charleston” pulls off its own brisk two-step as it dances between genres.

“Some people called it a road movie. Some people called it a black comedy,” says Cretulescu. “But it is a film about love. That’s what I wanted to make from the very beginning, and hopefully, that’s what I made.”

It would be misleading, however, to call “Charleston” a love story; though it pays tribute to some of the genre’s conventions, the object of desire in this off-beat love triangle is killed off just minutes into the film—a swift narrative feint that allows Cretulescu to explore love through its absence. In “Charleston,” two men aren’t competing for the same woman so much as fighting over her memory,
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China Box Office: ‘Solo’ Opens Third Behind ‘How Long’ and ‘Avengers’

China Box Office: ‘Solo’ Opens Third Behind ‘How Long’ and ‘Avengers’
Solo: A Star Wars Story” opened in third place in China behind holdovers “How Long Will I Love U,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” The misfire meant one of the quietest weekends of the year for the Chinese box office.

Solo: A Star Wars Story” managed just $9.62 million, according to local data service Ent Group. Disney’s estimates point to $10.1 million.

The film had been given some 77,000 screenings on its opening Friday, more than any other title in the marketplace. But after that weak opening, exhibitors transferred screens to “How Long” on Saturday and again on Sunday. “Solo” played just under 60,000 sessions on Sunday.

Chinese time swap romance, “How Long” had been the previous weekend’s surprise package, when it opened in second place. In its second weekend, it climbed to top spot, and scored $24.1 million. That was down only 33% from its first weekend score. After 10 days on release it now has $81.4 million.
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‘Westworld’ Review: ‘Phase Space’ Keeps the Plot Moving, but Doesn’t Take Our Breath Away

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‘Westworld’ Review: ‘Phase Space’ Keeps the Plot Moving, but Doesn’t Take Our Breath Away
[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 2, Episode 6, “Phase Space.”]

Programming Update

In case you were curious, HBO is no longer providing screeners for “Westworld,” which means this humble reviewer has no idea what happens beyond this week’s episode, and any speculation is thus based on pure theory. Only four episodes left before the season finale. And what a ride it’s been already.

Diagnostic Report

While the past two episodes have demonstrated immense focus on specific storylines, “Phase Space” plays catch-up with nearly all of the show’s main players, moving the football forward for each of their storylines to at least a small degree. This means we see Maeve and her crew make their way out of Shogun World, following a badass samurai swordfight between Musashi and Tanaka and an emotional moment for Akane, as she says goodbye to surrogate daughter Sakura — and Maeve even makes it as far as the homesteads of Westworld,
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‘Killing Eve’ Finale: Cast and Crew Break Down That Game-Changing Bedroom Scene and Talk Season 2

‘Killing Eve’ Finale: Cast and Crew Break Down That Game-Changing Bedroom Scene and Talk Season 2
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers from the “Killing Eve” finale, “God I’m Tired.”]

From the beginning, “Killing Eve” — an adaptation of Luke Jennings’ novellas — has specialized in surprises that both reveal and confuse aspects of its characters’ psychologies. The obsession that MI5 officer Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) has with the international assassin known as Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is in itself a muddled mess of desires, and that comes to a head in the jam-packed finale when the two meet again.

When Eve tracks down Villanelle to her posh Paris flat, she confesses that the killer has overtaken her every waking thought and then collapses on the bed from exhaustion. Villanelle takes the gun that Eve had been holding, lays down beside Eve, and then puts the gun away. It appears that they’ve come to an understanding with no threat of danger between them.

But as the two turn to each other in a charged, intimate moment,
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‘The Fourth Estate’ Review: New York Times Docuseries Is a Compelling Rebuttal of Fake News, If Incomplete Overall

‘The Fourth Estate’ Review: New York Times Docuseries Is a Compelling Rebuttal of Fake News, If Incomplete Overall
The challenge of understanding Donald Trump’s effect on America at large goes hand-in-hand with covering the 45th president of the United States. From big picture questions like, “What’s the story?” to more detailed queries like, “What’s the angle on the story?” and even “What are the appropriate adjectives to frame that angle within the story?” there’s no set handbook for reporters who are constantly being undermined by the authority figures they cover.

How do you convey facts in an era of fake news? “The Fourth Estate” aims to illustrate exactly that, as Liz Garbus’ four-part docuseries delves into the exhausting lives of New York Times’ reporters delivering exhaustive coverage of all things Trump. Starting with the newsroom watching his inauguration and running through April 2018, the engrossing series moves at the pace of its subjects: fast and efficient. Yet much like some of the inevitable mistakes of the paper of record,
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Annabella Sciorra Tweets She Has “No Relief” From Harvey Weinstein Arrest

Emmy-nominated actress Annabella Sciorra said via Twitter today that she received “no relief” from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s arrest, saying he should be behind bars instead of out on bail. Sciorra has accused Weinstein of raping her. “If there was truly ‘equal justice under the law’, Harvey Weinstein would be behind bars in Rikers today, waiting for his own day in court, not free to roam New York, his other hunting ground, wearing an ankle bracelet,” Sciorra…
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Why ‘Solo’ Could Be the First ‘Star Wars’ Box-Office Bomb

Why ‘Solo’ Could Be the First ‘Star Wars’ Box-Office Bomb
The thrill is gone. After more than four decades and nine releases, the “Star Wars” franchise has come a cropper with an $83 million opening-weekend estimate, with Memorial Day four-day figures likely to top $100 million. Granted, that’s a better take for the holiday than any release since 2014. But since when has “Star Wars” releases needed recent comparisons on the second-biggest release date in May in order to look good?

No one was expecting a challenge to all-time openings: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” falls outside the main franchise storyline and faces competition in a top-heavy blockbuster period. Still, the most pessimistic guess was $105 million for the four-day period, with $115 million considered a more likely low-end result.

We anticipated some reasons for the lower guesses. But this even-weaker total suggests that all the possible excuses came to pass — a troubled production history, mediocre early reaction, too much competition, too many Star Wars films in close proximity.
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‘The ABC Murders’: John Malkovich to Don the Mustache of Hercule Poirot in New Agatha Christie Adaptation

‘The ABC Murders’: John Malkovich to Don the Mustache of Hercule Poirot in New Agatha Christie Adaptation
Kenneth Branagh played detective Hercule Poirot in last year’s Murder on the Orient Express and will soon be reprising the role in a sequel, but Branagh isn’t the only actor set to wear the character’s ludicrously large mustache. A new report says that John Malkovich will play the part in a new television adaptation of
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Stalls With $65M Overseas Bow; What Clipped The Falcon’s Wings? – International Box Office

Update, Writethru: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story grossed an estimated $65M in its international box office bow this weekend. The Millennium Falcon has been through some tough space battles before, but this is a very disappointing result for the film that’s been decently received by critics and offers its share of fun summer popcorn action. The 3-day estimate is far below industry projections and the global 3-day launch totals $148.3M. Contrary to most event…
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