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Bo Hopkins Dies: Veteran Actor In ‘The Wild Bunch’ And ‘American Graffiti’ Was 80

Bo Hopkins Dies: Veteran Actor In ‘The Wild Bunch’ And ‘American Graffiti’ Was 80
Bo Hopkins, who appeared in such memorable films as The Wild Bunch (1969), The Getaway (1972), American Graffiti (1973), The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973), Posse (1975), and Midnight Express (1978), has died at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys. He was 80 and had a heart attack.

Born William Hopkins in 1942 in Greenville, South Carolina, Hopkins appeared in more than 100 film and television roles in a career that spanned more than five decades.

He picked up the nickname “Bo” thanks to a character of the same name he played in Bus Stop, his first off-Broadway play.

Hopkins television appearances included The Phyllis Diller Show, The Virginian, Gunsmoke, The Wild Wild West and The Andy Griffith Show. His first shot at a regularly scheduled TV series came in 1973 in medical drama Doc Elliott, which lasted one season.

He also appeared in a number of made-for-television movies of the mid-1970s, including Judgment: The Court Martial of
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Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Cruising to 150 Million Memorial Day Opening

Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Cruising to 150 Million Memorial Day Opening
At long last, Tom Cruise is entering the 100 million opening club.

Playing in 4,735 locations, the widest theatrical release in domestic box office history, “Top Gun: Maverick” is projected to earn 150 million over the holiday weekend. On a three-day scale, Paramount is predicting a 123 million haul. That’s easily a new record debut for Cruise, whose previous best — a 64.8 million opening for 2005’s “War of the Worlds” — is getting left in the dust.

The legacy sequel to Tony Scott’s swoony 1986 original kicked off with a bang, drawing a 51.8 million opening day, including 19.3 million in Thursday previews. That’s a record for Paramount Pictures, outdoing the 51.2 million opening day of 2010’s “Iron Man 2.” “Maverick,” which was co-financed and co-produced by Skydance, originally carried a projected opening between 85 million and 100 million over the long weekend, though momentum has only grown since.

“Top Gun: Maverick” was originally set to premiere way back
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‘The Worst Ones,’ Vicky Krieps Win Prizes in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Section

‘The Worst Ones,’ Vicky Krieps Win Prizes in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Section
“The Worst Ones” (“Les Pires”), a drama about four unruly French teenagers who are chosen to act in a film, has won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

The film was chosen by a jury chaired by actress Valeria Golino and also including director Debra Granik, actors Joanna Kulig and Edgar Ramirez and actor-singer Benjamin Biolay. Acting prizes went to Vicky Krieps for “Corsage” and Adam Bessa for “Harka,” while the directing award went to Alexandru Belc for “Metronomes.”

Saim Sadiq’s “Joyland” won the Jury Prize, which made it runner-up to “The Worst Ones.”

The Un Certain Regard section, which is typically devoted to smaller, more daring films than those in the main competition, consisted of 20 movies this year. Other entries in the section included Riley Keough and Gina Gammell’s “War Pony,” Davy Chou’s “Return to Seoul,” Maryam Touzani’s “The Blue Caftan,
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Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Takes Flight With 19.3 Million on Thursday

Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Takes Flight With 19.3 Million on Thursday
Tom Cruise’s all-American blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick” has begun its box office flight, taking in 19.3 million on Thursday.

The large Thursday haul marks the biggest preview for Paramount Pictures and the highest preview for the Memorial Day holiday. Of the 19.3 million, Imax screens accounted for 4.1 million, or 21.2 of the overall amount. The figure sets a best-ever mark for a Paramount title and a Tom Cruise movie, and it’s in the top 10 Imax results of all time.

The long-delayed sequel to 1986’s “Top Gun” could become the first movie of Cruise’s career to open to 100 million. Thanks to positive reviews, high anticipation and heaps of nostalgia, “Top Gun: Maverick,” co-produced and co-financed by Skydance, is projected to rake in 85 million to 100 million over the long Memorial Day weekend.

Paramount was originally supposed to open “Top Gun: Maverick” in the summer of 2020, but the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic
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Amazon Set To Acquire Oscar Winner Emerald Fennell’s Next Film

Amazon Set To Acquire Oscar Winner Emerald Fennell’s Next Film
Exclusive: Amazon is in final negotiations to pre-buy rights to in-demand Cannes market package Saltburn, the next film from Oscar winner Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman).

Jacob Elordi (Euphoria), Barry Keoghan (The Batman) and Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) are attached to star in MRC’s Saltburn. Principal photography is set to begin this summer in the UK.

Plot details are being kept under wraps on the project, but we know it is a “story of obsession”. Pic will be produced by Fennell and LuckyChap Entertainment’s Josey McNamara, Tom Ackerley and Margot Robbie.

The film is Fennell’s follow-up to Promising Young Woman, which was nominated for multiple Oscars and won Best Original Screenplay for Fennell.

We understand this will be a world rights deal in a pact with Knives Out outfit MRC. No word yet from Amazon or MRC but the deal gets the former on the
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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ to Premiere Early on Disney+

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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ to Premiere Early on Disney+
Obi-Wan Kenobi” is premiering on Disney+ a few hours earlier than planned, the “Star Wars” show announced Thursday night.

West Coast viewers will be able to stream the first two episodes of the show, starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, starting at 9 p.m. Pt. Originally, they were set to become available at midnight.

The news was announced in a tweet from the official “Star Wars” account. “The time for @ObiWanKenobi has arrived… early,” the tweet reads. “Start streaming the first two episodes Tonight at 9 p.m. Pt on @Disneyplus.”

The time for @ObiWanKenobi has arrived…early.

Start streaming the first two episodes Tonight at 9Pm Pt on @Disneyplus. pic.twitter.com/LgdRC51GW2

Star Wars (@starwars) May 27, 2022

Earlier today at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, Calif., “Star Wars” fans were surprised with a premiere screening of the show at 7 p.m. Pt — and now viewers at home
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‘The Good Fight’ To End With Season 6

‘The Good Fight’ To End With Season 6
The upcoming sixth season of The Good Fight will be the last for the acclaimed series, which helped launch Paramount+ predecessor CBS All Access as its first original series. Production is currently underway in New York City on Season 6, which will premiere Sept. 8. This wraps a 13-season run for Robert and Michelle King, creators and executive producers of The Good Wife, which aired on CBS for seven seasons, and co-creators/executive producers of spinoff The Good Fight.

As usual, The Good Fight will be topical and reflect current events in Season 6, which has Diane (Christine Baranski) feeling like she’s going crazy, struggling with an uneasy sense of déjà vu, with everything from Roe v. Wade, to voting rights, to Cold War aggressions returning. Meanwhile, the lawyers of Reddick & Associates wonder if the violence that they see all around them points to an impending civil war.

“What we through that
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Crypto Film ‘The Infinite Machine’ Adds Metaverse Component in Pact With Decentraland, Lumiere

Crypto Film ‘The Infinite Machine’ Adds Metaverse Component in Pact With Decentraland, Lumiere
Versus Entertainment has brought on board Decentraland and Lumiere to develop metaverse and Nft angles for its ongoing film project “The Infinite Machine.”

“The Infinite Machine” is a film adapted from Camilla Russo’s book of the same title which is now being produced by Versus with Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free. It tells the story Vitalik Buterin, the controversial co-founder of Ethereum, the world’s second largest digital asset.

Decentraland operates a virtual world that uses open-source technology, allowing it to be expanded by member users. The platform is also owned and operated by the same users, using blockchain, rather than by a parent company.

The agreement between Versus and Decentraland will see the film and its Nft collection developed and integrated into the Decentraland metaverse. Lumiere, a Hong Kong- and Singapore-based entertainment specialist, is supporting the project by developing and integrating the experience of the film
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Pedro Pascal, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni Tease the Future of ‘The Mandalorian’ at Star Wars Celebration

Pedro Pascal, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni Tease the Future of ‘The Mandalorian’ at Star Wars Celebration
The Mandalorian” is expanding its reach across the galaxy.

On Saturday, “Mandalorian” executive producers Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau took the stage at Star Wars Celebration for “Mando+,” a panel on the future of the smash-hit “Star Wars” Disney+ series, plus its spin-offs “The Book of Boba Fett” and the upcoming “Ahsoka.”

Joining them at onstage at the Anaheim Convention Center was a veritable bounty of guest stars, including the “Mandalorian” himself, Pedro Pascal, his doubles Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder, longtime series director Rick Famuyiwa and recurring cast members Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow and Katee Sackhoff. Also
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George Shapiro, Producer and Manager of Jerry Seinfeld and Andy Kaufman, Dies at 91

George Shapiro, Producer and Manager of Jerry Seinfeld and Andy Kaufman, Dies at 91
George Shapiro, producer and longtime manager of Jerry Seinfeld, Carl Reiner, Andy Kaufman and other comedy stars, died May 26 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 91.

Shapiro was co-founder and partner in Shapiro/West Associates, the prosperous talent management banner that helped assemble the mammoth NBC hit “Seinfeld” and numerous projects for Andy Kaufman. More recently, Shapiro served as executive producer of the Crackle/Netflix series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” hosted by Seinfeld.

A vivacious personality, Shapiro was known for his long relationships with clients and for his infectious enthusiasm for the business of entertainment. “Shapiro’s love of laughter and reverence for those who inspire it helped him build a career in comedy as an unabashed supporter of comic performers and comedy writers,” Shapiro’s family stated.

Danny De Vito, who co-starred with Andy Kaufman in the influential 1978-1983 sitcom “Taxi,” recalled Shapiro’s presence during the
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George Shapiro, Producer and Manager of Jerry Seinfeld and Andy Kaufman, Dies at 91

George Shapiro, Producer and Manager of Jerry Seinfeld and Andy Kaufman, Dies at 91
George Shapiro, producer and longtime manager of Jerry Seinfeld, Carl Reiner, Andy Kaufman and other comedy stars, died May 26 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 91.

Shapiro was co-founder and partner in Shapiro/West Associates, the prosperous talent management banner that helped assemble the mammoth NBC hit “Seinfeld” and numerous projects for Andy Kaufman. More recently, Shapiro served as executive producer of the Crackle/Netflix series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” hosted by Seinfeld.

A vivacious personality, Shapiro was known for his long relationships with clients and for his infectious enthusiasm for the business of entertainment. “Shapiro’s love
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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’: Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen Reflect on Fans’ Deepened Appreciation for the Prequels

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’: Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen Reflect on Fans’ Deepened Appreciation for the Prequels
Obi-Wan and Darth Vader are back together for the first time since 2005.

Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen return to their iconic roles from the “Star Wars” prequel series in the new Disney+ limited series “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” For the stars, it’s been a long journey since the prequels premiered.

“For the response not to be rosy when they came out, was hard. It was hard,” McGregor told Variety’s Marc Malkin on the red carpet at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim on Thursday. “I think it made me sort of put my blinkers on a little bit… Over the years,
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Bo Hopkins, Actor in ‘American Graffiti’ and Sam Peckinpah Classics, Dies at 80

Bo Hopkins, Actor in ‘American Graffiti’ and Sam Peckinpah Classics, Dies at 80
Bo Hopkins, the actor who has appeared in classics like “American Graffiti,” “The Wild Bunch,” “Midnight Express” and “The Getaway,” died Friday. He was 80 years old.

Hopkins’ death was confirmed on the actor’s official website.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Bo has passed away,” reads a statement on the website. “Bo loved hearing from his fans from around the world and although he was unable to respond to every email over the last few years, he appreciated hearing from each and every one of you.”

The actor was born William Hopkins in Greenville, S.C. on February 2, 1942.. He later changed his name to “Bo” in reference to the character he played in “Bus Stop,” his first off-Broadway play. After his father died when he was only nine years old, Hopkins was raised by his mother and grandmother. He later learned he was an adopted child
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Bo Hopkins, Actor in ‘American Graffiti’ and Sam Peckinpah Classics, Dies at 80

Bo Hopkins, Actor in ‘American Graffiti’ and Sam Peckinpah Classics, Dies at 80
Bo Hopkins, the actor who has appeared in classics like “American Graffiti,” “The Wild Bunch,” “Midnight Express” and “The Getaway,” died Friday. He was 80 years old.

Hopkins’ death was confirmed on the actor’s official website.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Bo has passed away,” reads a statement on the website. “Bo loved hearing from his fans from around the world and although he was unable to respond to every email over the last few years, he appreciated hearing from each and every one of you.”

The actor was born William Hopkins in Greenville, S.C.
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‘Stranger Things': The Duffers Reveal How They Brought Vecna to Life With Practical Effects

‘Stranger Things': The Duffers Reveal How They Brought Vecna to Life With Practical Effects
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Stranger Things 4” Part 1.)

The monster in “Stranger Things 4” is the stuff of nightmares, literally. Vecna feeds off his victims’ trauma and haunts them with their own darkest thoughts. In order to make those scenes with Vecna even more terrifying, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer decided that they wanted to bring him to life on set with practical effects.

“Once we talked about what the characters were going through and their trauma, that’s when we came up with the idea of Vecna and having more of a sentient monster,” Matt Duffer said at Netflix’s FYC panel on Friday. “As in, a monster that is actually speaking, which we’ve never really had before besides some Mindflayer possession stuff where we dipped our toes into it in previous years.”

Throughout the season’s 13 hours, they estimate that there are only five shots where they used CGI instead.
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‘Ahsoka’ Stars Rosario Dawson, Natasha Liu Bordizzo Debut Sneak Peek Footage at Star Wars Celebration

‘Ahsoka’ Stars Rosario Dawson, Natasha Liu Bordizzo Debut Sneak Peek Footage at Star Wars Celebration
Ahsoka” star Rosario Dawson popped up at Star Wars Celebration on Saturday to bring anxious fans a special surprise — some first look footage from the upcoming Disney+ series, which played exclusively for attendees.

After missing Thursday’s Lucasfilm Studio Showcase presentation due to filming “Ahsoka,” Dawson appeared at the end of “The Mandalorian” panel, which featured creators Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, director and newly-promoted executive producer Rick Famuyiwa, stars Pedro Pascal (the titular Mandalorian), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Emily Swallow (The Armorer), Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett) and Carl Weathers (Greef Karga).

“I’m here because of people like you,
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Jon Voight, Outspoken GOP Supporter, Calls For ‘Proper Qualifications for Gun Ownership’ After Uvalde Shooting

Jon Voight, Outspoken GOP Supporter, Calls For ‘Proper Qualifications for Gun Ownership’ After Uvalde Shooting
Actor Jon Voight, a vocal supporter of former president Donald J. Trump and the Republican party, has released a statement calling for stricter gun control laws in the United States.

“There should be proper qualifications for gun ownership,” Voight said in a video released through his official Facebook page. “Proper testing. One should only own a gun if they’re qualified and schooled.”

Voight’s stance marks a striking divergence from the GOP platform’s typical stance on gun control. The actor had previously voiced skepticism over the legitimacy of the results of the 2020 presidential election, claiming that Donald Trump is still America’s president.
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Jon Voight, Outspoken GOP Supporter, Calls For ‘Proper Qualifications for Gun Ownership’ After Uvalde Shooting

Jon Voight, Outspoken GOP Supporter, Calls For ‘Proper Qualifications for Gun Ownership’ After Uvalde Shooting
Actor Jon Voight, a vocal supporter of former president Donald J. Trump and the Republican party, has released a statement calling for stricter gun control laws in the United States.

“There should be proper qualifications for gun ownership,” Voight said in a video released through his official Facebook page. “Proper testing. One should only own a gun if they’re qualified and schooled.”

Voight’s stance marks a striking divergence from the GOP platform’s typical stance on gun control. The actor had previously voiced skepticism over the legitimacy of the results of the 2020 presidential election, claiming that Donald Trump is still America’s president. He has also called Democratic leaders “evil” and Joe Biden “Satan.”

“It’s not about left, right, guns, no guns,” he said. “This is about brains that are dysfunctioning. This is mental. This is not about healthy human beings serving the country with arms to
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Cannes 2022 Winners: ‘Triangle of Sadness’ Wins Palme d’Or

Cannes 2022 Winners: ‘Triangle of Sadness’ Wins Palme d’Or
Ruben Ostlund’s raucous film wins top prize, with Grand Prix shared by Lukas Dhont’s “Close” and Claire Denis’ “Stars at Noon

The film, an uproarious three-part comedy about fashion models, social-media influencers, class divides and projectile vomiting, is the second Palme win in five years for Swedish director Ostlund, who won for “The Square” in 2017. It is also the third consecutive win for U.S. distributor Neon, which took the top prize for “Titane” last year and “Parasite” in 2019. (There was no festival in 2020.)

The runner-up prize, the Grand Prix, was a tie between young Belgian director Lukas Dhont’s “Close” and veteran French filmmaker Claire Denis’ “Stars at Noon.”

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Park Chan-Wook was named the festival’s best director for “Decision to Leave,” his elegant cross between a murder mystery and a romance.

The best
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Cannes Repeat Winner Ruben Östlund Collects His Second Palme d’Or for ‘Triangle of Sadness’

Cannes Repeat Winner Ruben Östlund Collects His Second Palme d’Or for ‘Triangle of Sadness’
Ruben Östlund won his second Palme d’Or for “Triangle of Sadness,” a biting satire of the rich and (Insta-)famous, bringing the 2022 Cannes Film Festival to a close.

Östlund’s follow-up to his 2017 Palme-winning “The Square” takes a boat full of shallow people — models, millionaires and their various trophy partners — and abandons them in deep water, forcing the survivors to reconstruct a desert-island society where money holds no power. In such a system, for better or worse, beauty becomes the most valuable asset.

The jury spread the wealth, presenting three more awards than is typically expected of them — two ties and a special 75th anniversary trophy — for a total of 10 prizes, which means that nearly half of the movies in the 21-film competition went home with some kind of honor.

Tying for second place, Claire Denis’ “Stars at Noon” and Lukas Dhont’s “Close” shared the Grand Prix. In
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