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'Deadpool 2' Launches with Over $300 Million Worldwide

'Deadpool 2' Launches with Over $300 Million Worldwide
Even though Deadpool 2 didn't deliver a record opening domestically for an R-rated movie it still captured a few record of its own as well as delivered a couple studio records en route to an impressive $301.3 million worldwide debut. Meanwhile Avengers: Infinity War continued it's impressive run becoming the fourth largest global release of all-time while Paramount's Book Club and Global Road's Show Dogs delivered on expectations in their attempts at counter-programming against the pair of superhero features. Early indications were that Deadpool 2 would deliver a record opening for an R-rated film after bringing in a pair of R-rated records with $18.6 million from Thursday previews and a $53.3 million opening day. However, it wasn't able to maintain that momentum, finishing with a still impressive $125 million estimate for the three-day, which is enough to become the second largest R-rated opening ever behind the original's $132.4 million debut two years ago and
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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Complete Winners List

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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Complete Winners List
Kendrick Lamar dominated in the early stages of Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, picking up six awards, including top rap artist.

Ed Sheeran took home four prizes, including Top Artist. Also earning four awards: Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee for their mega-hit with Justin Bieber, “Despacito.”

Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners.

The awards are based on the chart period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018.
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Bill Gold, Iconic Master of the Movie Poster, Dies at 97

Bill Gold, Iconic Master of the Movie Poster, Dies at 97
Bill Gold, who revolutionized the art of the movie poster over a seven-decade career that began with Casablanca and included A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and dozens of Clint Eastwood films, has died. He was 97.

Gold died at his home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, on Sunday, according to family spokeswomen Christine Gillow.

The Brooklyn native began at Warner Bros. in the early 1940s and had a hand in more than 2,000 posters during his iconic career, working on films for everyone from Alfred Hitchcock (1954's Dial M for Murder), Elia Kazan (1955's East of Eden) and ...
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Cannes Winners: ‘Shoplifters’ Takes Palme D’Or; Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Grand Prize – Full List

Cannes Winners: ‘Shoplifters’ Takes Palme D’Or; Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Grand Prize – Full List
Update: Jane Campion is still the only woman to have won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Although Nadine Labaki’s lauded Capernaum was a strong contender and scooped the Jury Prize tonight, it was Japanese veteran Hirokazu Kore-Eda who took the top honor with his family story Shoplifters. The Grand Prize went to Spike Lee’s triumphant return, BlacKkKlansman.
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Patricia Morison, Star of the Original ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ Dies at 103

Patricia Morison, Star of the Original ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ Dies at 103
Patricia Morison, the glamorous star who originated the role of the shrewish actress diva in the delightful 1948 Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate, has died. She was 103.

Morison, who also appeared on stage opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I in such films as The Song of Bernadette (1943), died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles of natural causes.

With a mane of exuberant, dark hair that reached her hips, Morison often was cast as a villainess or “the other woman” on the big screen. She notably played Sherlock Holmes’ smiling adversary Mrs. Hilda Courtney, who is ...
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Peabody Awards: Issa Rae, John Oliver, Carol Burnett, Hasan Minhaj Celebrate the Power of Television

Peabody Awards: Issa Rae, John Oliver, Carol Burnett, Hasan Minhaj Celebrate the Power of Television
Comedian Hasan Minhaj set a serious-but-irreverent tone right from the start at Saturday’s 77th annual Peabody Awards in New York, where kudos were presented to a range of news, documentary, public service and entertainment programs.

Host Minhaj opened the evening by noting the odd contrast of handing out awards for excellence in TV and digital media at a venue in the heart of the financial district, Cipriani Wall Street.

“This is the wokest award show in the least woke location,” Minhaj joked. “Are the Pulitzers being handed out at Mar-a-Lago?” Later in the ceremony, Minhaj had a zinger for Vice President Mike Pence. He noted that most people were unsettled by the themes in one of 2017’s honorees, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “unless of course you’re the Vice President, and then this show is the breakout comedy of the year.”
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Ratings: Once Ends With 8-Week Audience High, Blindspot Finale Up

Ratings: Once Ends With 8-Week Audience High, Blindspot Finale Up
The series finale of ABC’s Once Upon a Time on Friday night drew 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, marking its largest audience in two months while flat in the demo. TVLine readers gave the grand finale an average grade of “A-.”

Leading out of that, Agents of Shield‘s season finale (1.9 mil/0.5, TVLine reader grade “B+”) dipped in audience while flat in the demo. (S.H.I.E.L.D. returns in Summer 2019, with a shortened Season 6.)

ABC notes that 20/20’s royal wedding-themed outing drew a two-month audience high (of 2.6 million). Which is nice.
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Cannes Film Market ‘Healthy’ as New Players Fill Streaming Giant Void

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Predictions of the Marche du Film’s death were greatly exaggerated. While indie film prices have come back to earth after big-spending streaming giants rattled the ecosystem a few years back, industry players told TheWrap, the market at Cannes was buzzing this year from start to finish.

“A lot of times, people associate activity with the big players spending a lot of money and buying movies for big price tags,” Saban Films President Bill Bromiley told TheWrap from France on Friday.

“That can be a little misleading,” said the executive, whose company brought home five films — more than any other distributor to visit the festival this year.

Also Read: The Cannes - Oscar Connection: How Strong Will It Be This Year?

It was a polarizing year at Cannes, with no shortage of hemming and hawing about the state of affairs in the coastal haven. The headlines and soundbites came in
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Balaji Telefilms Sets Sunil Lulla as CEO

Prolific Indian studio Balaji Telefilms has hired industry veteran Sunil Lulla as group chief executive. He succeeds another industry veteran Sameer Nair, who is now the CEO of production house Applause Entertainment.

Lulla brings with him some three decades of media industry experience, including heading the launches of MTV India and the Times Television Network, and stints at Saregama and Sony. His most recent role was chairman and managing director of leading advertising agency Grey Group India.

Founded in 1994, Balaji is headed by Ekta Kapoor, one of the pioneers of the Indian television production space. The company had revenues of $46 million in 2017. Its portfolio includes popular soaps “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Parichay” and “Naagin.” Balaji’s Ott arm ALTBalaji, which this week announced over 1 million paying subscribers, has several originals including “Gandi Baat,” “Haq Se,” and “Bose: Dead/Alive.”

Balaji Telefilms has a great combination of engaging and compelling
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Michael Palin Journeys to North Korea for Landmark Travel Series

Michael Palin Journeys to North Korea for Landmark Travel Series
As uncertainty dogs an unprecedented upcoming summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, Michael Palin travels the length and breadth of the hermetic Asian nation in a new travel series for Viacom’s U.K. network Channel 5.

The former Monty Python star, seen recently in “The Death of Stalin,” was on the ground in North Korea when Kim met his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-In. The series captured the reactions of ordinary people as news of the meeting filtered through the country. Channel 5 said Palin also visits “sites and locations rarely, if ever, explored” in North Korea,
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Hit Australian TV Series ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ Set for Movie Adaptation

Hit Australian TV Series ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ Set for Movie Adaptation
Game of Thrones” star Essie Davis will take the title role in “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears,” an Australian-made murder mystery film.

The film is a feature adaptation of “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries,” which was a hit series of crime novels by Kerry Greenwood before being adapted for TV. Davis took the title role as a glamorous 1920 private detective in the show, which has aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since 2012. It was then licensed to 170 countries, and picked up by Netflix from 2015. The cast also includes series regulars Nathan Page, Miriam Margolyes, and Ashleigh Cummings (“Goldfinch”).

The principal investor is Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria. Private investors and fans have contributed more than A$1 million to the budget for “Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears” through an extraordinarily successful crowd-funding campaign.

The film is an Every Cloud Production. Roadshow Films is the Australia and New Zealand distributor,
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Italy’s Vivo Film to Produce Abel Ferrara’s ‘Siberia’, Other New Films (Exclusive)

Vivo Film, Italian indie known for recent standout titles such as “Nico, 1988” and “Daughter of Mine,” has boarded Abel Ferrara’s long-gestating “Siberia” as its main producer.

The Rome-based shingle headed by Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa also has several pics by emerging Italian directors in the pipeline including “Dafne,” a drama centered around a young woman who suffers from Down syndrome which will start shooting in Tuscany in June.

Ferrara announced “Siberia” in Cannes three years ago calling it an exploration of the language of dreams and a vehicle for Willem Dafoe. It’s about the introspective voyage of a man who lives in an isolated cabin on a snow-capped mountain. Since then “Siberia” long languished, but Vivo Film has teamed up with German producer Philipp Kreuzer’s Maze Pictures to co-produce the pic and The Match Factory has taken world sales. They are also in talks with Sundance
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The Enduring Genius of Stanley Kubrick

The Enduring Genius of Stanley Kubrick
Was there ever a filmmaker who liked human beings less than Stanley Kubrick?

Looking back on his extraordinary body of work, it’s striking how many of his characters range from the unpleasant to the unpalatable, from the fetid to the foul. Each of them is slightly off, whether morally, ethically or mentally. Think of The Shining’s Jack Torrance or Lolita’s Humbert Humbert or Dr. Strangelove’s Dr. Strangelove or Barry Lyndon’s Barry Lyndon.

Heroes hardly ever appear in the master’s work, and if they do, they seem curiously less intriguing than the figures around them — rather ...
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Elisabeth Moss Talks Having Full Approval Over Her Nude Scenes in 'Handmaid's Tale'

Elisabeth Moss Talks Having Full Approval Over Her Nude Scenes in 'Handmaid's Tale'
"I've gotten over watching myself," Elisabeth Moss told The Hollywood Reporter as part of its Drama Actress Roundtable. I have to watch cuts and dailies all the time, so I am kind of over that."

She was most excited to watch one particular scene at the end of The Handmaid's Tale season two premiere for the Hulu original series, for which she has already won an Emmy and a Golden Globe. (She also won the Emmy for outstanding drama series, serving as an executive producer on Handmaid's. Her first Globe was for leading role in Jane Campion'...
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Will Arnett Joins Julia Stiles’ Sky Series ‘Riviera’

Will Arnett Joins Julia Stiles’ Sky Series ‘Riviera’
Will Arnett is headed for the Cote d’Azur, joining the second season of Sky drama “Riviera.” The new run of the glossy drama has just started shooting, and the “Arrested Development” star will feature alongside other new cast members Juliet Stevenson, Poppy Delevingne (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”), Jack Fox (“Kids in Love”), and Grégory Fitoussi (“World War Z”).

Julia Stiles returns in the lead role as American art curator Georgina Clios. Lena Olin, Roxane Duran and Dimitri Leonidas also all come back for the drama’s sophomore season. The show follows Clios as she becomes embroiled in a world
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Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, David Simon Board New Shows for Atrium TV

Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, David Simon Board New Shows for Atrium TV
Atrium TV, the drama-commissioning club for pay-tv platforms and telcos, has set out a new slate that includes shows from Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, David Simon, and the producers of “Sherlock.” “Quasimodo,” which was shown to Atrium members last October, will also move forward, joining the already-announced moon-landing project “One Giant Leap” from veteran producer Mike Medavoy.

Atrium TV was created by former Sony boss Howard Stringer and Jeremy Fox and is owned by Mtg’s London-based distributor Drg. It has members from different regions who are presented with projects that they can co-fund and market locally as originals. The members,
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Jet Li’s Aged and Frail Appearance Sparks Concern Among Fans

Jet Li’s Aged and Frail Appearance Sparks Concern Among Fans
Jet Li’s appearance during a recent visit to Tibet has sparked concern for the martial arts legend's health. Pictures of an aged and frail Li shocked his fans online. Many people on social media in China and Hong Kong have been drawing unfavorable comparisons between the 55-year-old Expendables star and someone 20 or 30 years older, according to a report in Hong Kong’s Apple Daily.

So, apparently, Jet Li is suffering from "hyperthyroidism and spinal problems" and this is him now: pic.twitter.com/Ss0W2EL96D

— simón (@StxNaty) May 19, 2018

Li revealed in 2013 that he was ...
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‘American Idol’: The Final Three and What You Didn’t See on TV

‘American Idol’: The Final Three and What You Didn’t See on TV
The top three “American Idol” finalists made their case for the last time on Sunday night’s (May 20) episode. Now, it’s up to viewers of the ABC reboot to decide who will win the 2018 edition.

The trio — Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett, and Maddie Poppe — were each allotted three performances: one dedicated to their hometowns, a personal pick and an original song, which is are already available on iTunes. What didn’t you see on TV?

1. Caitlyn Jenner was among the VIPs in attendance. Also in the studio were ABC “Boy Band” winners In Real Life, who are opening the “American Idol” summer tour,
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Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First Conventional Movie Theater

Chinese streaming giant iQIYI has opened its first conventional movie theater in Zhongshan, in southern China. The company aims to build a network of on-demand cinemas, at which viewers select the content and timing.

The Yuke cinema chain will be built out in major and larger secondary cities. Theaters will be fully equipped with modern facilities and technology, including Dolby-approved audio and Thx certification. Content can be selected from iQIYI’s online movie library.

Operating physical theaters will also allow iQIYI, which recently launched on the Nasdaq stock exchange in the U.S., to expand into retail services, merchandising and offline consumption.

“The development of on-demand movie theaters poses an exciting opportunity to increase the strength and overall scale of China’s film industry,” Yang Xianghua, iQIYI’s senior VP, said in a statement. “iQIYI will take advantage of our strong brand awareness, massive user base, popular content and
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Cannes Film Review: John Travolta in ‘Gotti’

Cannes Film Review: John Travolta in ‘Gotti’
Shame on Cannes. In what appears to be a deal with the devil, or one made with a gun to the back of his head, Cannes director Thierry Frémaux inexplicably agreed to give “Gotti” — the myth-building, record-cleansing inside story of notorious Gotham mob boss John Gotti, as seen by his oldest son — a spot at the prestigious film festival … if you can call a single screening in the festival’s smallest official venue, the Salle Buñuel, which seats fewer than 300, a proper world premiere.

It’s certainly a far cry from the treatment John Travolta received 24 years earlier, when “Pulp Fiction” bowed in competition in the massive Lumière theater downstairs, but no doubt the price of convincing the actor to participate in the following day’s events, which included a master class and beachside screening of “Grease.” Though it was projected without the festival’s red-carpet trailer beforehand, Frémaux introduced the film personally,
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