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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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Emilia Clarke Says Ron Howard ‘Saved’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Emilia Clarke Says Ron Howard ‘Saved’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Other than Phil Lord and Chris Miller, everyone involved with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” seems pretty happy that Ron Howard ended up directing the film. That includes Emilia Clarke, who says the Oscar-winning filmmaker “saved” the production in her Vanity Fair cover story: “All hail to Kathy [Kennedy] for hiring Ron.”

She also includes what may be a subtle dig at her former directors: “I struggled with Qi’ra quite a lot,” Clarke says of her character. “I was like: ‘Y’all need to stop telling me that she’s ‘film noir,’ because that ain’t a note.’” One might reasonably assume that the “y’all” in question are Lord and Miller.

“When it comes to that amount of money, you’re almost waiting for that to happen,” Clarke adds of what went down. “Money fucks us all up, doesn’t it? There’s so much pressure. Han Solo is a really beloved character.
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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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‘The Tale’: Jennifer Fox on Putting Herself in This True Story, Choosing HBO Over Theaters, and What’s Next

‘The Tale’: Jennifer Fox on Putting Herself in This True Story, Choosing HBO Over Theaters, and What’s Next
[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains mild spoilers for “The Tale.”]

Jennifer Fox wants you to see “The Tale.” While most writer-directors are invested in finding an audience for their picture, Fox’s motivations are deeper. The new HBO film isn’t just her first feature as a writer and first scripted film as a director; it’s her own story, crafted (and re-crafted) while she was living it, and meant to help the world understand the complex nature of childhood sexual abuse — abuse she experienced first-hand.

“My goal was to understand how and why it happened and to help other people and the world understand how complex and nuanced these events are,” Fox said in an interview with IndieWire. “That’s the purpose of this film.”

The Tale” focuses on Jennifer (Laura Dern), a documentary filmmaker who’s forced to reassess an adolescent relationship with two coaches, a horse riding instructor named Mrs. G (Elizabeth Debicki) and her friend and track coach,
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Paz de la Huerta ‘Couldn’t Stop Crying’ After Harvey Weinstein Was Arrested Yesterday

Paz de la Huerta ‘Couldn’t Stop Crying’ After Harvey Weinstein Was Arrested Yesterday
Paz de la Huerta, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her twice in 2010, had an understandably emotional reaction to news of the disgraced former mogul’s arrest yesterday: tears. “I just felt extremely emotional today,” the actress tells Vanity Fair in an interview. “I couldn’t stop crying. I don’t know why. It should be a day of celebration, but I feel melancholic about it all.”

De la Huerta currently lives in France, but plans to return to New York in order to be interviewed by prosecutors. “Anything that will put him in jail will make me happy, but it’s important to me that my voice is heard. I’m happy we’re closer to justice. But I feel my case is being overlooked and not taken as seriously, and that upsets me,” she adds.

“It’s complicated. Part of me is very happy, and part of me is sad.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Make “Star Wars on Acid,” Emilia Clarke Says

‘Game of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Make “Star Wars on Acid,” Emilia Clarke Says
Game of Thrones will soon close out its buzzy, critically acclaimed eight-season run next year, putting an end to the zeitgeist that the HBO series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ruled over for nearly a decade. But Benioff and Weiss will soon find themselves in the cockpit of yet another beloved franchise. Lucasfilm announced
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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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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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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ – What’s the Deal With Those Gold Dice?

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ – What’s the Deal With Those Gold Dice?
(Note: This post contains spoilers for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” so read on at your own risk.)

Solo: A Star Wars Story” adds a lot of context to a pair of objects that have become a big part of the new crop of “Star Wars” movies. Those objects are a chained pair of gold dice, hanging from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

Though eagle-eyed or highly dedicated “Star Wars” fans might have been aware of them way back in “A New Hope” in 1977, the dice have only become a bigger part of the main story in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” when Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) found them in the Falcon. For your average “Star Wars” fan, the history of those dice was a bit of a mystery. “Solo” spends some time explaining their deal, and why they matter to Han Solo.

Also Read: Why Chewbacca Is the Unsung,
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‘The Gospel According to Andre’ Posts Solid Opening at Indie Box Office

Magnolia Pictures’ documentary “The Gospel According to Andre” has found a solid start from its four-screen release in an otherwise quiet Memorial Day weekend for the indie box office.

Directed by Kate Novack, the documentary explores the life and creative vision of fashion writer Andre Leon Talley, who is most famous for serving as the editor-at-large at Vogue. It is estimated to have a three-day opening of around $44,500 for a per screen average of $11,125. Reviews have been positive with an 84 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also Read: 'Solo' Slows at Box Office, to Open at $101 Million for 4-Day Holiday Weekend

Just below “Gospel” on the per screen average charts is the Chinese import “How Long Will I Love U,” a sci-fi romantic comedy about a man and woman who live in the same apartment 20 years apart, only to discover that their timelines have merged and forced them to live together.
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Yes, That Was That Dead Villain in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ – Here’s What it Means

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Yes, That Was That Dead Villain in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ – Here’s What it Means
(Note: This post contains massive spoilers for the end of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Just putting that out there.)

Solo: A Star Wars Story” fills in the backstory of Han Solo and quite a few other characters. The movie’s biggest twist, however, doesn’t have to do with the events that lead Han to becoming one of the greatest smugglers in the galaxy — it’s about one “Star Wars” character who turns out to be still alive, still influencing the galaxy, and still posing a threat to a lot of people.
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'Solo': It's Hard to See Influence of Original Directors

'Solo': It's Hard to See Influence of Original Directors
[This story contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story]

The end credits for Solo: A Star Wars Story list Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as executive producers on the project; of course, less than a year ago, they were still in the director’s chair before being fired. The shift from Lord and Miller to Ron Howard as director might have felt very extreme; though Howard has lent his voice and producing credit to the seminal TV comedy Arrested Development, his films are rarely as fast-paced, manic, and outrageous as any of Lord and Miller’s live-action or animated directorial efforts. Considering that ...
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‘Solo’: What a ‘Character Too Secret to Ever Name’ Means for the ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

‘Solo’: What a ‘Character Too Secret to Ever Name’ Means for the ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff
Spoiler Warning: If you have not seen “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and you’re wary of spoilers, look away. Look away now!

For a movie packed with action set pieces and dazzling special effects, the most hair-raising moment of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” comes near the end in a much quieter scene, when a fan-favorite character appears on the big screen, via hologram, for the first time since 1999.

“Star Wars” films are built on revelations that someone bigger and badder is pulling the strings behind the scenes, from the emergence of Emperor Palpatine in “The Empire Strikes Back” to the introduction of Supreme Leader Snoke in “The Force Awakens.” So it’s hardly a surprise that a nefarious player would be lurking in the shadows of the underworld depicted in “Solo.”

That player turns out to be Darth Maul, a bold move by writers Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan
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‘Solo’ Slows at Box Office, to Open at $101 Million for 4-Day Holiday Weekend

‘Solo’ Slows at Box Office, to Open at $101 Million for 4-Day Holiday Weekend
Like the Millennium Falcon in a space storm, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is taking a beating at the box office. Projections for the Memorial Day box office weekend have fallen from $130 million pre-weekend to close to dropping under $100 million on Sunday.

Saturday returns for the “Star Wars” anthology film registered at just $24.6 million, amounting to a 31 percent drop from Friday’s $35.8 million returns. The families that were expected to make this film challenge for the Memorial Day opening weekend record just aren’t showing up — family audiences are reporting at 18 percent of the total audience — and now “Solo” might not even finish with one of the top 5 highest openings for this holiday weekend.

As it stands, a $100 million four-day opening would be less than the launch for “The Hangover Part II,” which made $103 million in 2011. “Solo” is also not only looking like it will have the lowest opening for a Disney “Star Wars” film,
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Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Looks to Edge Past $100 Million For Holiday Weekend

Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Looks to Edge Past $100 Million For Holiday Weekend
Estimates for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” are continuing to fly low.

Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” prequel is now looking to make $101 million in 4,381 North American theaters during its four-day holiday weekend debut. The Han Solo origin film’s three-day estimate currently hovers around $83 million. Internationally, it opened with a disappointing $65 million for a worldwide three-day weekend of $148 million.

Tracking earlier this week suggested “Solo” would lift off with $130 million to $150 million. The film, directed by Ron Howard, follows Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, who befriends his future co-pilot and Wookie companion Chewbacca, and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge round out the cast.

“There’s a ton of momentum in the box office,” Dave Hollis, president of domestic distribution at Disney, said of the trio of recent openings — “Solo,” “Avengers: Infinity War,
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