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‘Law Abiding Citizen’ Sequel in the Works From Village Roadshow and Rivulet Films

‘Law Abiding Citizen’ Sequel in the Works From Village Roadshow and Rivulet Films
A sequel is in the works to F. Gary Gray’s 2009 action thriller “Law Abiding Citizen,” which starred Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx.

No cast has been set for “Law Abiding Citizen 2,” but Butler will return as a producer on the film along with his partner Alan Siegel for G-Base, and the film’s original producer Lucas Foster and screenwriter Kurt Wimmer will also be reprising their creative roles on the sequel.

Village Roadshow Pictures and financier and producer Rivulet Films are working on the sequel, with Rivulet’s Rob Paris and Mike Witherill serving as producers. Foster will produce for his Warp Films banner. And Village Roadshow Pictures’ Tristen Tuckfield and Jillian Apfelbaum will executive produce.

The plot for the sequel is being kept under wraps.

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‘Twisted Metal’ Peacock Series Casts Neve Campbell

‘Twisted Metal’ Peacock Series Casts Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell has joined the “Twisted Metal” series adaptation at Peacock.

Campbell joins previously announced cast members Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz, and Thomas Haden Church in the series version of the Playstation video game franchise.

In the half-hour action comedy show, a motor-mouthed outsider (Mackie) is offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief (Beatriz), he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck.
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Lupita Nyong’o Exits ‘Lady in the Lake’ Series at Apple (Exclusive)

Lupita Nyong’o Exits ‘Lady in the Lake’ Series at Apple (Exclusive)
Lupita Nyong’o has exited the “Lady in the Lake” series adaptation at Apple from Endeavor Content, Variety has learned exclusively.

The show was first announced in March 2021. “Lady in the Lake” is currently in production and the hunt is now on for a new actress to take over her role. Natalie Portman remains attached to the series as co-lead and executive producer.

This is the second time in the past two years that Nyong’o has dropped out of a prominent TV role. Variety reported in 2020 that she was forced to exit an adaptation of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel
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Pete Davidson Expected to Exit ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Exclusive)

Pete Davidson Expected to Exit ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Exclusive)
Chad is leaving Studio 8H.

Pete Davidson, who joined “Saturday Night Live” as a relative unknown and has become a superstar whose presence graces gossip pages daily, is expected to leave “Saturday Night Live” after the broadcast of this weekend’s season finale, according to a person familiar with the matter. He is one of a handful of long-serving cast members including Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon whose tenure on the show has come up for scrutiny at the conclusion of recent seasons. Davidson joined the show in 2014 as a featured player at the age of 20, one of the youngest cast members in the program’s 47 seasons on air.

NBC declined to make producers at “SNL” available for comment.

His departure is likely to draw a new burst of attention to the long-running program, which typically uses its summer hiatus to recalibrate its cast of players and contributors.
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‘Heartstopper’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at Netflix

‘Heartstopper’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at Netflix
Heartstopper” fans, rejoice: Charlie and Nick will be back for a second and third season of the hit Netflix show. The streamer confirmed on Friday it had renewed the show, which is produced by See-Saw Films, for two more seasons

Based on Alice Oseman’s LGBTQ+ webcomic, “Heartstopper” tells the story of the relationship between two British teens, Charlie and Nick. When Charlie falls for Nick, he thinks he doesn’t have a chance. But love has other ideas and soon Nick finds he’s feeling more than just friendship.

Oseman will return as writer and creator. She shared a snap of herself holding a sketch of Nick and Charlie embracing with the caption “2 more seasons!”

Heartstopper” has been a critical and audience hit since launching on the platform on April 22, reaching Netflix’s Top Ten list in 54 countries,

That’s also been clear on social media, where the series
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‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Debuts With 1 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Debuts With 1 Million at Thursday Box Office
Downton Abbey: A New Era,” the follow-up to the 2019 feature film and the latest in the story of the aristocratic Crawley family established in the hit series, earned 1.05 million in its Thursday box office previews from 3,300 screens. “A New Era” opens on 3,815 screens this weekend, which is the widest opening for a Focus Features film in the specialty distributor’s history.

There are high hopes that “Downton Abbey: A New Era” will be the film that can attract older audiences back to movie theaters in earnest for the first time since the pandemic began, and by grossing over 30 million thus far internationally, including strong showings in the UK and Ireland, those hopes may yet be realized.

Independent analysts say the film has a decent chance of reaching 20 million at the domestic box office, while the studio is projecting a more conservative opening in the low to mid-teens. Either would be
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‘Doctor Strange 2’ Likely to Rule In Week 3, ‘Downton Abbey 2’ & ‘Men’ To Invigorate Specialty Box Office

‘Doctor Strange 2’ Likely to Rule In Week 3, ‘Downton Abbey 2’ & ‘Men’ To Invigorate Specialty Box Office
After two weeks dominated almost entirely by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, we get some new blood this weekend with the sequel to Focus’ specialty box office blockbuster Downton Abbey and A24’s latest with genre auteur Alex Garland, Men. Neither will have the sort of fireworks we hope for in May, and Doctor Strange should rule the roost once again in its third weekend, but there’s enough to keep audiences coming until Top Gun: Maverick swoops in next weekend and takes the top spot and the premium screens.

Despite having the best opening of the year, 40 ahead of The Batman, Strange 2 ended up falling behind the Caped Crusader’s reboot in the second weekend gross (66.5 million compared to 61.7 million). The Marvel film still has a good lead on the DC film when comparing the post-second weekend cumes and it will probably catch up to it to
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Pete Davidson Posts ‘SNL’ Goodbye Message Before Last Episode: ‘I’m So Happy and Sad’

Pete Davidson Posts ‘SNL’ Goodbye Message Before Last Episode: ‘I’m So Happy and Sad’
Tonight is Pete Davidson’s final “Saturday Night Live” episode, and he took to a friend’s Instagram to deliver an emotional message to fans and share a behind-the-scenes video from his first night on the show.

Davidson posted via “Saturday Night Live” writer Dave Sirus’ Instagram on May 21, hours before his last show, to deliver the message. Alongside the text was a video of his emotional reaction to finishing his first sketch and celebrating backstage with fellow comedian Jerrod Carmichael.

“From Pete: This video was taken 8 years ago. Jerrod sent it to me last night and it made me
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‘Triangle of Sadness’ Film Review: Gross-Out Comedy Is Overlong and Understuffed

‘Triangle of Sadness’ Film Review: Gross-Out Comedy Is Overlong and Understuffed
After his 2017 art-world satire “The Square” scored the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Swedish provocateur Ruben Östlund swaggers back to competition with “Triangle of Sadness,” a mixed-bag of social commentary and gross-out comedy that could only come from a filmmaker with a secured reputation and zero f—s to give. Taking aim at the 1 and shouting “Eat the rich!” with the anger of a sea storm and the subtlety of an exploding toilet, the film is both over-long and under-stuffed, but it nevertheless left Cannes’ notoriously tough crowd doubled over in laughter.

Running just under two-and-a-half hours and split up into three chapters, the film lifts as much from Noam Chomsky as from John Waters as it hoses down beauty standards and luxury culture with gallons of projectile vomit. A repeat Palme d’Or performance is probably not in the cards, and that’s just as well for the social satirist,
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Ethan Coen Explains Why He (Briefly) Quit Directing: ‘More of a Grind and Less Fun’

Ethan Coen Explains Why He (Briefly) Quit Directing: ‘More of a Grind and Less Fun’
Ethan Coen was done with filmmaking (at least for a while) and his reason was pretty simple — it became “more of a grind and less fun.”

The director known for such cult classics as “Fargo” and “The Big Lebowski” told The Los Angeles Times in 2019 that he was taking a rest from filmmaking to pursue other interests. But then one very big thing influenced not only his return to the industry but to his first documentary, “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind,” which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival: the Covid pandemic.

“What changed is I started getting bored,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I was with Trish in New York at the beginning of the lockdown. So, you know, it was all a little scary and claustrophobic.”

During that time, his “friend of many years” record producer T-Bone Burnett asked if Coen and his wife,
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‘R.M.N.’ Review: Cristian Mungiu’s Nightmarish Naturalism Detonates a Scabrous Social-Division Drama

‘R.M.N.’ Review: Cristian Mungiu’s Nightmarish Naturalism Detonates a Scabrous Social-Division Drama
The title is not, in the end, some kind of code for “Romania.” But if it were, it would be appropriate: The enormous, troubling, intricately pessimistic “R.M.N.” from director Cristian Mungiu, probably the pre-eminent filmmaker of the Romanian New Wave, is little less than a pared-back state of the nation, a microcosmic analogy for an entire shattered society boiled dry of its softening vowels, in which only the harder elements — the bigotries, the betrayals, and a surprising number of bears — remain.

Laid out in discrete scenes of astonishing clarity and density, with the rigor of their construction belied by the spontaneity of their presentation, the connections between the various strands are initially difficult to discern. Rudi (Mark Blenyesi), a little boy walking to school, comes across a sight in the woods that is kept offscreen, but that instills in him such terror he runs home and ceases speaking.
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How Ethan Hawke’s Love for Paul Newman Started at Church and Came to Cannes

How Ethan Hawke’s Love for Paul Newman Started at Church and Came to Cannes
The journey that led Ethan Hawke to make a six-part documentary about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward started about 40 years ago, when a 10-year-old Hawke was on his way to Sunday church with his father.

“I used to have to go to church every Sunday,” Hawke told the audience on Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, where two parts of his CNN/HBO Max series “The Last Movie Stars” premiered. “I really hated church, but my parents made me go.”

One particular Sunday, he said, his stepmother was sick and decided to skip the service. So Hawke and his father got dressed up in their suits and ties and headed for church. “On the way there, my father turned to me and said, ‘There’s a matinee of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” playing. Would you rather do that?’”

He laughed. “Yes, I would rather do that!”

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Harry Styles Says ‘There’s No Peen’ in ‘My Policeman’ Nude Scene

Harry Styles Says ‘There’s No Peen’ in ‘My Policeman’ Nude Scene
Harry Styles will be baring it all in his upcoming film “My Policeman.”

The “As It Was” singer has a nude scene in the film and, up until now, it wasn’t clear just how much skin he’d be showing. In an interview on “The Howard Stern Show,” Styles clarified that it was his behind that will make it on screen.

“I wasn’t naked in ‘Don’t Worry Darling.’ I was naked in ‘My Policeman.’ There’s no peen in the final cut,” he said via Entertainment Tonight of his frontal nether region. “There’s bum bum… I don’t think the peen was intended to be involved. The peen, it was pre-negotiated that that would remain my own.”

Styles is still in the early days of his acting career, and both of his upcoming films involve intimate scenes. While chatting with Stern, he admitted that the scenes made him feel quite “vulnerable.
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Vomit, Poop and Woody Harrelson: ‘Triangle of Sadness’ Shocks Cannes With Uproarious Eight-Minute Standing Ovation

Vomit, Poop and Woody Harrelson: ‘Triangle of Sadness’ Shocks Cannes With Uproarious Eight-Minute Standing Ovation
Spoiler Alert: Minor plot points for Ruben Östlund’s “Triangle of Sadness” are discussed below.

Cannes attendees waiting for David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future” to give the festival a stomach-churning shock got an electrifying surprise with the world premiere of Ruben Östlund’s latest social satire, “Triangle of Sadness.” The movie earned an uproarious eight-minute standing ovation after a lively screening that found the audience at Cannes’ Palais theater shrieking in horror and delight.

Triangle of Sadness” stars “Beach Rats” and “The Kingsman” actor Harris Dickinson as an aspiring model who gets the chance to vacation aboard a luxury yacht after his influencer girlfriend wins them a free trip. Woody Harrelson plays the yacht’s alcoholic captain. The yacht is full of pretentious and snobby guests who make up the 1, but they all get their comeuppance courtesy of an extended 15-minute sequence in which a storm leads to an outbreak of seasickness.
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John Mulaney Draws Criticism for Having Dave Chappelle Open, Tell ‘Transphobic Jokes’ at Ohio Show

John Mulaney Draws Criticism for Having Dave Chappelle Open, Tell ‘Transphobic Jokes’ at Ohio Show
During a Friday performance on his “From Scratch” tour, comedian John Mulaney surprised his audience — and drew criticism from some fans — when Dave Chappelle appeared as the opener and told what were described as “transphobic jokes.”

Chappelle’s opening set occurred during a show at Ohio State University’s Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Although there is no footage from the event, as attendees were required to lock their phones up beforehand, several audience members took to social media afterwards to criticize the show. According to attendees, Chappelle appeared as a surprise opener, and told jokes targeting the transgender community.
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Netflix Acquires David Yates Film ‘Pain Hustlers’ Starring Emily Blunt for 50 Million

Netflix Acquires David Yates Film ‘Pain Hustlers’ Starring Emily Blunt for 50 Million
Netflix is in the final stages of closing a 50 million global rights deal for “Pain Hustlers,” a new drama helmed by David Yates and starring Emily Blunt, Variety reports. The sale is the biggest yet out of Cannes this year.

Acclaimed short story and nonfiction writer Wells Tower will be penning the script. The project — which is described as tonally similar to “The Big Short,” “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” — follows high school dropout Liza (Blunt), who has bigger ambitions for herself and her young daughter. She then lands a job at an ailing pharmaceutical startup in Central Florida, where her charm and grit catapult her to the top and she soon finds herself embroiled in a deadly criminal conspiracy.

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Mia Hansen-Løve on Lea Seydoux Starrer ‘One Fine Morning;’ Clip Unveiled (Exclusive)

Mia Hansen-Løve on Lea Seydoux Starrer ‘One Fine Morning;’ Clip Unveiled (Exclusive)
Mia Hansen-Løve, the French writer-director whose previous film “Bergman Island” competed at last year’s Cannes, is back at the festival with “One Fine Morning,” a romantic drama headlined by Lea Seydoux. The movie world premiered at Directors’ Fortnight and has earned stellar reviews, with Variety‘s Guy Lodge describing it as a “wistful, wandering character study” and “gently moving reflection on parenting one’s children and parents at once,” which marks Hansen-Løve’s “return to French, and to form.” “One Fine Morning” stars Seydoux as a long-single mother who’s coping with her father’s degenerative illness while embarking on a new, uncertain romance with a charming, yet emotionally unavailable, man (Melvil Poupaud). Hansen-Love spoke to Variety about her experience directing Seydoux in this personal movie, taking on new challenges, her experience at Cannes and what she’s working on next. Les Films du Losange is handling international sales on the movie,
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5 New TV Shows to Watch This Week: From ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ to ‘Stranger Things’

5 New TV Shows to Watch This Week: From ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ to ‘Stranger Things’
The Force is strong with this week’s Watch List, as Obi-Wan Kenobi returns! That’s right, Ewan McGregor is back in a new Disney+ streaming series. And he’s not alone. This week’s streaming schedule also sees the long-awaited return of Netflix flagship series “Stranger Things,” plus a new Ricky Gervais special, a Ron Howard documentary and a network TV special about rescue dogs. What a week!

On with the television!

“Obi-Wan Kenobi”

Friday, May 27, Disney+

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Hello there. Lucasfilm and Disney+’s third live-action “Star Wars” series is really the one everyone has been waiting for. Ewan McGregor returns to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a part he originated in George Lucas’ prequel films, to fill in some of the missing details from the “Star Wars” timeline. (Early promotional materials have shown Obi-Wan watching young Luke from afar and interacting with Owen Lars and Aunt Beru.
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Habanero Film Sales Debuts Carlos Lechuga’s ‘Vicenta B.’ and Alfredo Ureta’s ‘Corrosive’ (Exclusive)

Habanero Film Sales Debuts Carlos Lechuga’s ‘Vicenta B.’ and Alfredo Ureta’s ‘Corrosive’ (Exclusive)
Brazil’s Habanero Film Sales has brought a slate of new films marking their debut at Cannes’ Marché du Film. Leading the pack is Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga’s latest drama, “Vicenta B” as well as Cuba-u.S.-Canada co-production “Corrosive” and Brazilian coming-of-age drama “Bittersweet Rain” (“Saudade Fez Morada Aqui Dentro”), currently in post.

“Resistance, migration, those who stay and those who leave, finding out who we are, where we belong, finding meaning to our own existence…those are recurrent topics in our catalog, composed of features and a growing slate of social and environmental documentaries from Latin American and Caribbean directors, with a special focus on Cuban independent cinema,” said Habanero CEO, Alfredo Calviño.

Last year, “Vicenta B.” snagged the largest cash industry prize at San Sebastian Film Festival’s industry awards, the Egeda Platino Industry Award for the Best Work in Progress (Wip), Latin American film.

While
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‘The Beasts,’ Rodrigo Sorogoyen Opens Up – a Little – from Cannes

‘The Beasts,’ Rodrigo Sorogoyen Opens Up – a Little – from Cannes
From the 100-second tracking shot to building pulse music that opens “The Realm” to the slug-fest finale of “May God Save Us,” Oscar-nominated Rodrigo Sorogoyen (“Mother”) has filmed some of the most exhilarating shots in recent Spanish cinema.

His status as a filmmaker consolidated by a series, Movistar Plus’ “Riot Police,” “The Beasts” (“As Bestas”), which plays in Cannes Premiere, rates as one of, if not the most awaited Spanish movie of 2022.

From a brief synopsis, it might look like a return to one of Sorogoyen’s central obsessions: Violence. But that is most likely a half truth. Based on real-life events, “The Beasts,” written by Sorogoyen and co-scribe Isabel Peña, follows a married couple, Vincent and Olga, (Denis Menochet and Marina Fois) who have settled in a small village in Galicia, in Spain’s verdant North-West. They grow vegetables and rehabilitate abandoned cottages.

Disrupting established village power structures, however,
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