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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend
In case you haven’t heard, “Avengers: Infinity War” is heading towards an opening weekend that could end all opening weekends.

The Marvel superhero adventure is eyeing a debut weekend of $225 million to $245 million, with a possibility of even crossing the $250 million mark. If numbers reach the end of that range, “Infinity War” could have one of the biggest debuts of all time. The hefty launch should go a long way to justify its wildly expensive price tag of somewhere from $300 million to $400 million.

As of now, the biggest opening weekend of all time belongs to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which bowed with $248 million in 2015 and went on to make over $936.6 million domestically. Only five films in history have hit the $200 million mark in their debuts.

“Infinity War” picks up two years after the events of “Captain America: Civil War” with the Avengers teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy
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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Netflix Announces Follow Up Series; Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis Return

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Netflix Announces Follow Up Series; Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis Return
Netflix is heading to San Francisco. Today, the streaming service announced they've ordered a follow-up series to Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. Based on the novels of Maupin, the original 1993 miniseries followed a group of people living in San Francisco during the 1970s and '80s. The cast included Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Barbara Garrick, Thomas Gibson, and Billy Campbell. The series spawned two sequels, More Tales of the City (1998) and Further Tales of the City (2001).
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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]

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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]
While at CinemaCon, we had the chance to sit down and talk to director Antoine Fuqua for his upcoming sequel, The Equalizer 2 and posed the question about tackling the comic book genre after making waves in the action and crime thriller genre. Fuqua said he was approached for Morbius: The Living Vampire at Sony as he's a Spider-Man villain primarily. Here's what he had to say:
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Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage

Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage
Will Smith’s take on a beloved Disney character came into focus on Tuesday, during the studio’s presentation to U.S. movie theater owners at CinemaCon.

Disney distribution executive Cathleen Taff showed exhibitors a behind-the-scenes package from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live adaptation of “Aladdin” — the first time anyone has seen Smith step into the role made famous by the voice work of Robin Williams.

“To state the obvious, no one could replicate the iconic performance of Robin Williams,” Taff said.
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Alden Ehrenreich Has a 3-Movie Deal as Han Solo

Alden Ehrenreich Has a 3-Movie Deal as Han Solo
It looks like we may be seeing more young Han Solo showing up in the future. Alden Ehrenreich is set to portray the legendary smuggler in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which arrives in theaters next month. While there are a lot of questions marks about that movie specifically and the future of the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is prepared to bring Ehrenreich back as Han Solo, as the actor has confirmed he has a three movie deal with the studio.

Alden Ehrenreich has some very big shoes to fill. Really, it's hard to imagine bigger shoes to fill than taking up the mantle of Harrison Ford's Han Solo, but that's what the 28-year-old actor has on his shoulders. In a recent interview leading up to the release of Solo, Ehrenreich was asked about his deal with Lucasfilm. He was clearly a bit unsure if he was supposed to
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'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon

'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon
Amazon Studios is taking advantage of the buzz around A Quiet Place star John Krasinski.

Months ahead of its series debut, the streamer and retail giant has handed out an early second season renewal for Krasinski-fronted series Jack Ryan.

Not set to premiere until Aug. 31, the eight-episode drama is based on Tom Clancy's popular CIA books. Krasinski stars as the titular character in the drama that follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

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Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red

Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red
According to a new rumor, Disney is developing a new live-action Snow White spinoff film called Rose Red and they are looking to cast Captain Marvel star Brie Larson in the lead role. It seems like another role that she would be perfect for.

The story is a revisionist take that transposes Rose Red into the Snow White tale, making her a key player in the later moments of the classic story. When Snow White takes a bite from the iconic poison apple and falls into her Sleeping Death, her estranged sister, Rose Red, must undertake a dangerous quest with Grumpy and the other dwarfs to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life.

This is definitely an interesting and fresh cinematic approach to taking on the classic fairytale. There's no director attached to the project yet, but apparently, the studio is currently on the hunt for one.
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman confirmed at CinemaCon that the upcoming sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be released in theaters on Christmas 2019. He also confirmed that Dwayne Johnson will return to reprise his role and Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan are also expected to return but that hasn't been confirmed.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was a huge success for Sony Pictures. It's made over $956 million dollars, and it recently became Sony's highest grossing domestic release of all time beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Audiences loved this movie and the studio betting that they will all return for a sequel. The upcoming film is already in development and is being written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. There's no director attached to the film yet, but Jake Kasdan directed the Welcome To The Jungle film. I imagine the studio will try to bring the director back on board if they can.
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50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony Crackle

50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony Crackle
Updated: “The Oath,” the L.A.-set crime drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, is returning for a second season on Sony Crackle, the streaming network announced along with other news from its upfront presentation.

According to Sony, “The Oath” season 1 — which premiered March 8 with the bingeable release of all 10 episodes — has been Crackle’s most-watched original series ever and currently has the highest viewer-retention rate. Sony didn’t release specific metrics, however.

The Oath” explores the secret underworld of gang crime rings — in which the members who make the cut take a pledge to do whatever it takes
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‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks

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‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks
Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks and Aidy Bryant are teaming up with Hulu to adapt Lindy West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” as a comedy series, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

The “SNL” star is set to lead the single-camera comedy, which is currently in development.

West’s — a comedian and blogger — book is about of a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.

Also Read: Tina Fey to Host 'SNL' Season Finale

Creators West, Bryant and Ali Rushfield penned the script for the comedy, which will be produced by Andrew Singer for Michaels’ Broadway Video banner (but will be produced outside of the “SNL” boss’ home at Universal Television). Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will also executive produce via Brownstone Productions under their deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Banks first optioned the TV rights for “Shrill” back in December 2016.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

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Quentin Tarantino Teases New Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Will Be Another 'Pulp Fiction'

Quentin Tarantino Teases New Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Will Be Another 'Pulp Fiction'
Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio, taking the stage together tonight at Caesars Palace's Colosseum in Las Vegas, teased exhibitors about their controversial new movie set in the 1960s when the Manson murders rocked Hollywood.

Tatarantino promised that the film is "probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done," referring to his breakthrough 1994 film.

"Sony and myself will be coming to the theaters with the most exciting stars dynamic since Paul Newman and Robert Redford," he said of DiCaprio and co-star Brad Pitt," said Tarantino. "It's very hush hush and top secreat. But I can tell you that Once Upon a...
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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bail in Sex Trafficking Case

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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bail in Sex Trafficking Case
Bail for “Smallville” actress Allison Mack was set at $5 million in a Tuesday hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court as she was released to serve home detention.

Mack was indicated on April 19 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in New York federal court. She appeared before Magistrate Viktor V. Pohorelsky at the Brooklyn courthouse in New York’s Eastern District.

The expectation is that Mack is cutting a deal with prosecutors to provide information against NXIUM founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested last month in Mexico and remains in federal custody. A bail hearing for Raniere is set for next week.

Her mother, Melinda Mack, was in court and put up her home in Los Alamitos, Calif. as collateral for the bail, in addition to property and a bank account owned by Allison Mack. The actress accused of helping run a secretive sex cult appeared
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‘The Voice’ Top 12 Instant Save: Was right artist rescued on first live results show of season 14? [Poll]

‘The Voice’ Top 12 Instant Save: Was right artist rescued on first live results show of season 14? [Poll]
On the April 24 live results show of “The Voice,” the bottom two vote getters among the Top 12 artists were, as we predicted, D.R. King and Rayshun Lamarr from Teams Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine respectively. Each had to sing one more song to try and win votes cast by viewers via Twitter.

King was up first and tackled the 1973 song “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” which was a big hit and Grammy winner for The Temptations. Rolling Stone has it at #168 on its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list. King connected with the lyrics but not the viewers and lost the Instant Save to Lamarr who did himself proud with his rendition of one of Tina Turner‘s signature songs, her 1984 cover of “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”

Those watching the show live in the Eastern and Central time zones knew when to vote via Twitter. Fans of either
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‘It: Chapter 2’ Director Andy Muschietti Says ‘Bring Your Adult Diapers’

‘It: Chapter 2’ Director Andy Muschietti Says ‘Bring Your Adult Diapers’
“It: Chapter 2” will be even more scary than last year’s horror blockbuster, director Andy Muschietti promised Tuesday.

“Bring your adult diapers,” he told the audience at Caesar’s Palace in a video clip on the second day of the CinemaCon convention of the nation’s theater owners during the Warner Bros. presentation.

Though the studio showed no footage of the sequel, which has not begun shooting yet, it screened plenty of scenes from the original — which stunned the movie world with a $700 million worldwide gross. The sequel was dated a week later.

Stephen King’s 1986 novel focuses on a group of friends in a fictional Maine community that battles the small town’s demon as children, and then again as adults. The blockbuster movie centered on the children, while the upcoming film will follow them into adulthood.

Warner Bros. also highlighted its horror film “The Nun,” a spinoff movie
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Mark Ruffalo movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Mark Ruffalo movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Although highly regarded as a theater star — he earned a Tony nomination in 2006 for “Awake and Sing!” and just returned to Broadway last season in “The Price” — Mark Ruffalo is for most people a bona fide movie star. For his film performances, he has been nominated for three Oscars, two Golden Globes and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning one as part of the ensemble cast of “Spotlight” in 2015.

These days, however, Ruffalo’s greatest fame is largely thanks to his being part of the Marvel universe, having taken over the roles of Dr. Bruce Banner and The Hulk in 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers.” After a cameo performance in 2013’s “Iron Man 3,” Ruffalo’s Hulk also appeared in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015, “Thor: Ragnarok” in 2017 and is now in theaters in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Ruffalo has fashioned a remarkable career appearing in Arthur Miller plays, Kenneth Lonergan
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Poll: Which Summer Tentpole Are You Most Excited to See?

Poll: Which Summer Tentpole Are You Most Excited to See?
The summer movie season officially kicks off this Friday with “Avengers: Infinity War” — and it’s set to launch the season with a bang.

It’s heading toward a monster $225 million-plus weekend, marking one of the biggest debuts of all time. And it’s only the beginning of a number of surefire blockbusters (comic-book-themed and otherwise) that will hit theaters this summer.

First to follow “Avengers”: “Deadpool 2.” The first movie starring the merc with a mouth shattered records for an R-rated movie, and Ryan Reynolds is returning for its follow-up on May 18, joined by Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino.

Just a week after the “Deadpool” sequel, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will fly into theaters on May 25, starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, joined by Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson.

“Ocean’s 8” is also sure to make a big splash
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Can ‘Mowgli’ Sell MovieGoers on a Darker ‘Jungle Book’?

Warner Bros. needs to convince moviegoers that they prefer their Kipling a bit darker.

The studio is faced with the unenviable task of following up Disney’s 2016 box office smash “The Jungle Book” with “Mowgli,” their own take on the “man cub” who was raised by wolves. Based on footage that Warner Bros. screened for theater owners on Tuesday at CinemaCon, they’re scrapping the “Bear Necessities” and remaining more faithful to Rudyard Kipling’s original stories.

Director Andy Serkis promised that the film will be a “darker retelling” of the story that is far removed from Disney’s 1967 animated classic and more recent live-action version. Flanked by stars Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Rhys and Rohan Chand, Serkis said the film will be an “epic story of a child becoming a warrior.”

The trailer made it clear that this is a moodier fable, one that might not be suitable for very young children.
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Eddie Redmayne Faces the Dark Arts in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Footage

Warner Bros. released new footage Tuesday for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” with a teenage Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) receiving Defense Against the Dark Arts instruction at Hogwarts.

The footage generated a big laugh among attendees at the CinemaCon convention of theater owners in Las Vegas, with Jude Law portraying a young Albus Dumbledore as the bumbling Scamander faces a Boggart and a desk appears. Dumbledore explains that it’s manifested as Scamander’s fear: having to work an office job.

“This film, I get to go to Hogwarts, which is the best thing!” Redmayne proclaimed at the convention.

The David Yates film follows Dumbledore and Scamander as they join forces to recapture an escaped Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, who is on a mission to dominate all non-magical people with the help of his pureblood wizard followers. Depp did not appear at the CinemaCon event.

Ezra Miller,
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‘WarGames’ Composer Arthur B. Rubinstein Dies at 80

‘WarGames’ Composer Arthur B. Rubinstein Dies at 80
Arthur B. Rubinstein, composer for films such as “War Games” who worked on more than 300 films and television programs, died April 23 of complications resulting from cancer. He was 80.

In the 1960s, Rubinstein composed incidental music for around 50 productions while serving as composer-in-residence for the American Conservatory Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He continued on in the 1970s serving as a music director, both in Los Angeles and on Broadway, for shows such as “A Chorus Line,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Evita.” Rubinstein received an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for his work as music director on Gordon Davidson’s production of “A Little Night Music.”

After moving to Los Angeles, Rubinstein composed scores for films such as “WarGames” (1983) starring Matthew Broderick, and Albert Brooks’ “Lost in America” (1985). Rubinstein earned an Emmy Award for his original music on CBS series “Scarecrow and Mrs. King.” He also scored “Shooting War,
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‘A Star Is Born’ CinemaCon Trailer Shows Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Singing Live

‘A Star Is Born’ CinemaCon Trailer Shows Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Singing Live
Lady Gaga convinced Bradley Cooper to sing live for “A Star Is Born.”

The pop star told the actor that a pet peeve of her’s was watching actors lip-synch to pre-recorded music in movies.

“‘What I can’t stand in movies is when it’s playback,'” Cooper said Gaga told him, before debuting a new trailer for the film at CinemaCon.

The film is an oft-told tale that has been made and remade several times over the years — with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Kris Kristofferson, and James Mason essaying the lead roles. Like Streisand’s 1976 version, this “A Star Is Born” is set in the world of music. It marks Cooper’s directorial debut, and the Oscar-nominated actor said he spent three years working on the Warner Bros. production.

It’s not just Gaga hitting the high notes on screen. Cooper made a deal with Gaga.
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