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'Captain Marvel' Tops $760 Million Worldwide as Newcomers Overperform

'Captain Marvel' Tops $760 Million Worldwide as Newcomers Overperform
For a second weekend in a row Disney and Marvel's Captain Marvel topped the weekend box office as it has now posted over $760 million worldwide in just twelve days in global release. Overall, the weekend ended up topping the same weekend last year for a second straight week as both Wonder Park and Five Feet Apart outperformed expectations with their opening weekend performance. At the same time Lionsgate's release of Pantelion's No Manches Frida 2 delivered a top ten finish from just 472 theaters, topping Focus's disappointing release of Captive State, which struggled in its debut in over 2,500 locations. Disney's Captain Marvel topped the weekend box office for a second weekend in a row, delivering an estimated $69.3 million sophomore frame, dipping -54.8% and outperforming the -56% average second weekend dip for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This pushes the film's domestic cume over $266 million after just ten days in domestic release.
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‘Shoplifters’ Wins Best Picture at Asian Film Awards

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‘Shoplifters’ Wins Best Picture at Asian Film Awards
Zhang Yimou’s highly stylized period epic “Shadow” was the numerical winner at Sunday’s Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. It bagged four technical awards. But the major prizes went to Japanese and Korean filmmakers.

Kore-eda Hirokazu’s “Shoplifters,” a Japanese drama about a family surviving on shoplifting, was named best picture. The film had been the surprise Palme d’Or winner at the Cannes festival last year, but has since won wide acclaim and achieved record scores at the Japanese and Chinese box office.“Shoplifters” also won best original music with Japanese music pioneer Hosono Haruomi’s score.

South Korean director Lee Chang-dong won the best director prize for the psychological drama “Burning”, which Lee also co-wrote as an adaptation of a Murakami Haruki short story. Going into the ceremony, “Burning” was the favorite, having been nominated in eight categories. Lee was also presented with a lifetime achievement award,
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Aaron Paul Offers Clues About Possible "Breaking Bad" Movie

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Aaron Paul Offers Clues About Possible
Aaron Paul won’t confirm if a "Breaking Bad" movie is definitely happening, but if it does, he says he will likely be the star.

The actor was asked about a rumored sequel to the Emmy-winning AMC series Friday at the Sun Valley Film Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho.

“Rumors are funny — I once heard a rumor that I was being cast as Han Solo,” Paul said. “I haven’t heard anything about the ‘Breaking Bad’ movie but if there is one and it comes together I’d love to be a part of it.”

“If it were to happen, yes, I would love to do it,” he continued, per Uproxx, adding, “In case you haven’t caught up on the TV series, Walter dies, so… it has to star Jesse.”

Bryan Cranston played Walter White, and Paul co-starred as Jesse Pinkman on the hit drama, which ran for five
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Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Flies Past $200 Million Domestically

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Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Flies Past $200 Million Domestically
The second frame of Disney-Marvel’s latest MCU installment, 'Captain Marvel,' is set to top the box office with an estimated $70 million.

The superhero film already pushed past the $200 million mark domestically after taking in $19 million on Friday for a total of about $215 million. It’s also generated $378 million overseas after jolting the domestic box office out of a slump that had seen it down 27% from last year.

Captain Marvel’s” second weekend will mark the second-highest in March box office history with “Beauty and the Beast” having taken in $90 million in its second frame in 2017. “Captain Marvel’s” weekend take will mark a 54% drop from its debut.

Paramount’s animated adventure film “Wonder Park” should drop into second place with about $17 million from 3,838 North American locations, while CBS Films and Lionsgate’s “Five Feet Apart” is estimated to bring in about $13 million from 2,803 domestic sites for third place.
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James Gunn thanks his supporters following 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' reinstatement

James Gunn thanks his supporters following 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' reinstatement
Yesterday it was announced that Disney has reinstated James Gunn as director of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, bringing an end to the saga that began last year with the filmmaker’s dismissal from the project last year due to inappropriate past tweets.

Disney’s original decision to fire Gunn had been met with heavy criticism, with the Guardians of the Galaxy cast issuing a statement in support of the filmmaker, and a petition on Change.org urging the Mouse House to reconsider attracting over 425,000 signatures.

Well, in response to the news, Gunn has now returned to social media to offer his thanks to everyone who supported him following his firing, and to Disney for bringing him back into the Guardians fold.
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'Flash' Shocker: Ezra Miller Writing Script in Bid to Stay On as Star

'Flash' Shocker: Ezra Miller Writing Script in Bid to Stay On as Star
In a bid to keep himself involved as the Scarlet Speedster, actor Ezra Miller is taking a hands-on approach to The Flash.

Miller is taking a stab at writing the script for the Warner Bros. project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He has teamed up with Grant Morrison, the acclaimed comics author, to pen a draft that could determine if he stays on as star, playing crimefighter Barry Allen.

The development has bubbled up from a clash of creative visions. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who have been on board the project since January 2018, have a light-hearted approach to ...
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Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Won’t Be Finished by Cannes, as Netflix Plans to Skip Festival

Following IndieWire’s report earlier this month that Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival were unlikely to find a solution in order to allow Netflix films to play in competition, Variety now confirms the streaming giant will be skipping the festival entirely for the second year in a row. The move means high profile Netflix titles such as Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat,” David Michod’s “The King,” the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems” (Netflix is handling international rights), and an untitled Noah Baumbach film will not debut at Cannes and will most likely wait until fall film festival season.

Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, would have easily been the biggest title at Cannes, but Variety reports the film would not have been ready to debut by May even if Netflix was bringing films to the Croisette. Scorsese is using
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Wtf: An ‘Alien vs Predator’ Football Video Game Was Once in Development for Sega Genesis

Wtf: An ‘Alien vs Predator’ Football Video Game Was Once in Development for Sega Genesis
Even though the Alien and Predator franchises have both gone in some weird directions over the years, their individual missteps pale in comparison to the insanity of the Alien vs Predator franchise. The war between these two interstellar species began in Dark Horse comic books back in 1989, and it came to arcades not long […]

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Jordan Peele Talks About ‘Us’ Soundtrack and Music in Film in Spotify’s First-Ever Movie Takeover (Exclusive)

Jordan Peele Talks About ‘Us’ Soundtrack and Music in Film in Spotify’s First-Ever Movie Takeover (Exclusive)
Jordan Peele discusses the key role music plays in his new horror film “Us” — as well as the use of music in movie at large — in the first movie-sponsored takeover on Spotify.

Beginning Monday, March 18, the Oscar-winning director-producer-writer will take over Spotify’s TV & Movies hub in a playlist that runs one hour and 50 minutes. In the series, he talks about how he used music for “Us,” along with other surprising uses of music in film. The “Us” soundtrack includes Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It,” Janelle Monáe’s “I Like That,” Koffee’s “Toast,” Minnie Riperton’s “Les Fleur,” and the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” in addition to the score by Michael Abels (who also scored Peele’s “Get Out”).

Peele’s Spotify takeover is sponsored by “Us” distributor Universal Pictures. The deal marks the first time a single film is taking over one of Spotify’s hubs.

In addition,
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Qumra 2019: Production designer Eugenio Caballero talks 'Pan's Labyrinth', 'Roma' and earthquakes

”“I’ve been thinking about why I do a lot of films about destruction,” Caballero told the audience.

Leading Mexican production designer Eugenio Caballero touched down in Qatar to talk about his work on Pan’s Labyrinth, The Limits Of Control, The Impossible, A Monster Calls and Roma for the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event this weekend (March 15-20).

Caballero acknowledged production designers are rarely in the limelight - by comparison with other key crew such as cinematographers and costume designers - and joked this was one of the perks of the job.

However he was keen to promote
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The Morning Watch: ‘Mortal Engines’ VFX Breakdown, Limitations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 2, & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Mortal Engines’ VFX Breakdown, Limitations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 2,  & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, the second part of a video essay diving […]

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No Netflix films at Cannes for second year running, reports suggest

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep, among releases unlikely to get festival screenings

The loss of Netflix titles was perceived by many to be a heavy blow for last year’s Cannes film festival. After artistic director Thierry Frémaux ruled that titles from the streaming giant were ineligible to compete for the Palme d’Or, Netflix head Ted Sarandos duly pulled their full roster from the Croisette.

Films such as Roma, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and many more duly played at rival festivals, before progressing to considerable acclaim.
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Andrea Riseborough and Karim Saleh to star in Egypt-set romance 'Luxor' (exclusive)

Andrea Riseborough and Karim Saleh to star in Egypt-set romance 'Luxor' (exclusive)
Zeina Durra’s second feature co-stars Karim Saleh.

UK actress Andrea Riseborough and French-Lebanese actor Karim Saleh have signed to star in Zeina Durra’s contemporary romance Luxor, which is now shooting against the backdrop of Egypt’s world-famous archaeological site.

Riseborough, seen most recently in Kindness Of Strangers and Nancy, plays a UK aid worker who heads to the ancient city of Luxor for a break from her work at a clinic on the Jordanian-Syrian border, where she treats victims of the Syrian war. She rekindles a former relationship with an archaeologist, played by Saleh, whose credits include TV series Counterpart and Transparent.
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Andrea Riseborough to star in Egypt-set romance ‘Luxor’ (exclusive)

Andrea Riseborough to star in Egypt-set romance ‘Luxor’ (exclusive)
Zeina Durra’s second feature co-stars Karim Saleh.

UK actress Andrea Riseborough has signed to star in Zeina Durra’s contemporary romance Luxor, which is now shooting against the backdrop of Egypt’s world-famous archaeological site. She co-stars with French-Lebanese actor Karim Saleh, whose credits include TV series Counterpart and Transparent.

Riseborough, seen most recently in Kindness Of Strangers and Nancy, plays a UK aid worker who heads to the ancient city of Luxor for a break from her work at a clinic on the Jordanian-Syrian border, where she treats victims of the Syrian war. She rekindles a former relationship with an archaeologist,
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Personal Tales From Hong Kong and China Among the Asia Film Financing Forum Projects

A brace of personal tales from China and Hong Kong are among the 23 projects vying for attention at the 17th Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum.

Liu Miaomiao is a rare female ethnic Hui Muslim filmmaker. She came to international prominence with 1993’s “Chatterbox” that won the President of the Italian Senate’s Gold Medal at the Venice Film Festival. Her last film, “Red Flowers and Green Leaves,” won the People’s Choice Award at the Pingyao Intl. Film Festival in 2018. Her Haf project, “12×4,” is informed by a 1995 experience, where, three days after her 33rd birthday, she was sent to a mental hospital for bipolar disorder.

“12×4” will follow a 48-year-old former ping pong champion in Beijing who has bipolar disorder and must learn to cope. “Mental disorders are incurable, so is life,” says Liu in her director’s statement. “I want to do a film about bipolar disorder based on
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Josie Ho Makes 2019 the Year She Takes Risks in Her Film Choices

Josie Ho Makes 2019 the Year She Takes Risks in Her Film Choices
Josie Ho vows to master the art of calculated risk in the year 2019. As an actress and film producer, she is conscious of the choices of projects she makes: appearing in the new film by Japanese hotshot director Shinichiro Ueda, producing a new documentary feature while developing some 10 titles in the pipeline of 852Films, the company she co-founded and chairs. She wants the world to know that she dares to take risks for projects she believes in, but she is not to be taken advantage of, again.

She tells her story with new catchy rock tune “Shui Yu”, released just ahead of her band Josie & the Uni Boys’ April 6 concert The Classic Purple Psycho Experience. The song’s title, which literally means softshell turtle, is the Cantonese slang for people who always get taken advantage of, particularly financially. “It’s about me. It happens to me all the time,” Ho says.
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FilMart: Big Data, Content Key to iQIYI’s Online Ambitions

Tech and data play a huge role for iQIYI, China’s second-largest streaming platform, as a way to innovate and step out ahead of its competitors, iQIYI founder and CEO Yu Gong explained in a keynote speech Monday at FilMart.

“We don’t see a lot of innovation-driven entertainment companies yet. We want to be the one,” he said. “But innovation is not gambling. We need to be brave, but have the capacity to take calculated risks.”

Big data is the key to ensuring the firm is putting its chips on the surest bets.

The iQIYI site currently has 200-300 million viewers per day. It retains and analyzes “tons of data, a huge amount of data” from all of them, Gong said, including info about logins, gender, location and what kinds of services are used and programs preferred, allowing the company to generate detailed assessments of what kinds of responses different content might elicit.
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Dying of the light: why Hollywood needs to get over its obsession with terminally ill teens

Five Feet Apart is the latest film about doomed young heartthrobs – a trope rife in popular culture since Romeo and Juliet

Teenage terminal illness: it’s so romantic, isn’t it? Apart from the dying bit. And the physical deterioration, the pain, and the medical intervention that often precedes it. But as a movie genre, it ticks so many boxes: despair, alienation, suffering, seize-the-day recklessness, inbuilt tragedy. Basically all the things teenagers experience already, minus an easy excuse to dismiss them. No wonder dying-teen movies seem to be going, er, viral right now.

Next up is Five Feet Apart, whose attractive leads, Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, both have cystic fibrosis – a genetic condition that leads to buildup of fluid in the lungs. More than half of sufferers die before they reach 28 years old. To prevent cross-infection, people with Cf must not come within six feet of each other,
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Despite Ongoing Peace Talks, Netflix Won’t Have Any Movies at Cannes 2019 (Exclusive)

Although Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival continue quietly to negotiate a potential settlement to their differences, the streaming giant will be absent from the Croisette again this year with no film in or out of competition, Variety has learned.

The ongoing talks between the two sides have been friendly, including a dinner in Los Angeles just over a week ago with Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber and Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who was in town for a summit hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press, one insider said. The meeting was one of several held since Netflix and Cannes’ bitter spat before last year’s festival, which led the streamer to take “Roma” to Venice instead, where it won the Golden Lion.

But no solution has been found yet that would allow a Netflix title to return to Cannes’ competition lineup. In any case, it does not
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RuPaul Talks ‘Drag Race’s’ First Muslim Queen At PaleyFest 2019

Hollywood – This spring’s PaleyFest La has already hosted screenings and Q&As for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Grace and Frankie” and a special evening with Stephen Colbert. There are also still events scheduled for “The Walking Dead,” “Pose” and a “Parks and Recreation” reunion, but Sunday afternoon was left for the Emmy-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The first PaleyFest appearance for perhaps one of the most influential reality competition programs in herstory.

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