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‘Solo’ Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend

‘Solo’ Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is flying well below forecasts, heading for a Memorial Day weekend launch of around $110 million domestically, early estimates showed Friday.

The four-day figure is significantly under the studio’s recent estimates in the $130 million to $150 million range at 4,380 North American locations. First-day grosses are coming in at about $32 million — including $14.1 million from previews, which set a Memorial Day weekend record.

Should the holiday estimate hold for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” it will raise questions about franchise fatigue and Disney’s strategy of opening the tentpole a mere five months after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted on Dec. 16. “The Last Jedi” debuted impressively with $220 million in North America, and went on to earn $620 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide.

“Solo” is the 10th Star Wars movie and fourth from Disney in less than four years. Critics have been mostly positive with a current 70% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

At $110 million, “Solo” would be only the sixth-biggest film to open on Memorial Day weekend. Disney’s 2007 release “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” currently holds that title with $139.8 million, followed by “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Fast and Furious 6,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
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‘Karate Kid’ Actor Martin Kove Joins ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 2 Cast as Series Regular

‘Karate Kid’ Actor Martin Kove Joins ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 2 Cast as Series Regular
The ruthless and stoic John Kreese was one of the main villains in 1984’s The Karate Kid, and 35 years later, actor Martin Kove will be reprising that role once again on the YouTube Red series Cobra Kai. A new report says Kove has officially joined the Cobra Kai season 2 cast as a series […]

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"Arrested Development": Netflix Cancels U.K. Press Trip Following Damaging New York Times Interview

As fallout from a May 23 New York Times interview that resulted in apologies from three “Arrested Development” actors continues, Netflix has canceled the cast’s promotional trip across the pond. “We had planned to have most of the ‘Arrested Development’ cast in London this week to support the launch of the new season and meet fans,” said the studio in a statement reported by Deadline and confirmed by IndieWire. “At this time we have decided not to move ahead with promotional activity in the U.K. but hope to bring the cast back at another time.”

Seven members of the fictional Bluth family spoke to the Times’ Sopan Deb ahead of next week’s season five debut. During the conversation, Jessica Walter cried while recounting verbal abuse she allegedly endured from her onscreen ex-husband, Jeffrey Tambor. In late 2017, two accusations of sexual harassment from the set of Amazon’s “Transparent
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Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Flies to $14.1 Million on Thursday

Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Flies to $14.1 Million on Thursday
Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has launched domestically with an impressive $14.1 million on Thursday night — a Memorial Day weekend record.

The tentpole has been forecast to lift off with $130 million to $150 million at 4,380 sites during the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

The preview number exceeds the previous $13.2 million record held by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” in 2007. It’s slightly behind the $14.5 millions from “Thor: Ragnarok” which finished the three-day weekend with $122.7 million in November.

Solo” follows Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, who befriends his future co-pilot and Wookiee companion Chewbacca, and meets the gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge round out the cast.

Ron Howard directed from a screenplay by Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan. Howard replaced the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who left the project in June,
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Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to NYPD, Charged With Rape and Pleads Not Guilty — Next Court Date in July

Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to NYPD, Charged With Rape and Pleads Not Guilty — Next Court Date in July
Update (10:20am Et): Weinstein has surrendered his passport to show authorities he is not a flight risk. He is also being fitted with a monitoring Gps device that will track his movements. Weinstein will have to get approval from a judge if he wants to travel beyond New York or Connecticut.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the rape and sex crime charges. A court date has been set for July. His lawyer, Ben Brafman, has issued the following statement: “Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated.”

The New York judge has set a $10 million bond, or Weinstein can pay $1 million in cash.

Update (8:55am Et): Weinstein has been officially charged with rape.
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‘Parks and Recreation’ Revival: Amy Poehler Confirms the Cast ‘Would All Do’ More Episodes

‘Parks and Recreation’ Revival: Amy Poehler Confirms the Cast ‘Would All Do’ More Episodes
NBC’s beloved sitcom “Parks and Recreation” signed off the air in February 2015, but a potential revival is already on the mind of series star Amy Poehler. During a visit to “Ellen” on May 24, Poehler confirmed she’s “absolutely” on board with the idea of another season of “Parks and Recreation,” and the comedian even added that she’s certain her co-stars “would all do” more episodes and return to Pawnee, Indiana.

“Absolutely,” Poehler said when asked about a potential revival. “I know, I’ll speak for everybody and say we would all do it. I think we’d all do it someday. It would be amazing.”

Poehler was joined on “Ellen” by her “Parks and Recreation” co-star Nick Offerman, who also expressed interest in stepping back into the shoes of Ron Swanson. “Amy’s the boss of the show,” Offerman said, “so she can speak for everybody.”

“Parks and Recreation
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Bond 25 Director Confirmed as Danny Boyle, Production With Daniel Craig Begins December 2018

Bond 25 Director Confirmed as Danny Boyle, Production With Daniel Craig Begins December 2018
It’s official: MGM and Annapurna will team up to distribute Bond 25 in the U.S. on November 8, 2019. Universal Pictures has won the lucrative rights to handle the film’s international distribution. Sony previously handled Bond distribtion, but it’s rights to the franchise expired after “Spectre” and set off a bidding war among studios. The next 007 installment will open in the U.K. first on October 25, 2019.

In addition to the confirmed distributors, 007 studio Eon Productions has also confirmed Danny Boyle will direct Bond 25, which will once again star Daniel Craig as the world’s most famous spy. Boyle has been a contender for several months now, with his hiring dependent on whether or not 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli liked the script Boyle hatched with his “Trainspotting” screenwriter John Hodge.
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Harvey Weinstein Accusers Asia Argento and Rose McGowan, Others React to His Arrest: ‘What Took You So Long?’

Harvey Weinstein Accusers Asia Argento and Rose McGowan, Others React to His Arrest: ‘What Took You So Long?’
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was formally arrested Friday morning on suspicion of rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct. Weinstein’s victims, his former industry contemporaries, and media figures flooded social media to remark on the watershed moment for the Me Too movement.

Actress Asia Argento, who accused Weinstein of rape and was one of the first of more than 80 women to go public with her allegations, tweeted throughout the morning as Weinstein surrendered to police in New York City. “Glued to the screen,” she wrote as she live-tweeted his perp walk. “What took you so long Harvey?” she said.
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Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Sex Crime Charges in New York City

Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Sex Crime Charges in New York City
Harvey Weinstein was arrested on Friday in New York City on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct stemming from a months-long investigation by the NYPD into accusations by multiple women.

Though the Hollywood mogul has been accused of misconduct by more than 80 women, the criminal charges by New York prosecutors stem from the accusations of two women. The first-degree criminal sex act charge comes from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans, according to law enforcement officials. We do not yet know who filed the complaint that led to the rape charge.

Weinstein will be released on $1 million bail. He will have to wear a monitoring device around his ankle, and is expected to surrender his passport and have restrictions placed on his travel.

Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein’s lawyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A rep for Weinstein said he sought
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Arrested Development: Jason Bateman Apologizes For Excusing Jeffrey Tambor's Abusive Behavior

Arrested Development: Jason Bateman Apologizes For Excusing Jeffrey Tambor's Abusive Behavior
In a long-ranging interview with The New York Times, most of the male Arrested Development cast members repeatedly shoved their feet in their mouths when the conversation turned to the sexual assault allegations against Jeffrey Tambor, who was also present at the interview. Jason Bateman, David Cross, and Tony Hale attempted to excuse his abusive onset behavior over and over again throughout the interview, even when Jessica Walter - who plays the delightfully sardonic Bluth matriarch Lucille - broke down in tears recounting a past incident with Tambor.

When Walter began speaking about it, Bateman immediately tried to brush it off, saying that the cast "is a family and families, you know, have love, laughter, arguments - again, not to belittle it, but a lot of stuff happens in 15 years."

Walter, still crying, responded: "Let me just say one thing that I just realized in this conversation. I have to
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Harvey Weinstein Accuser Asia Argento Praises Arrest: ‘First Step on His Inevitable Descent to Hell’

Harvey Weinstein Accuser Asia Argento Praises Arrest: ‘First Step on His Inevitable Descent to Hell’
Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento is among those celebrating the disgraced Hollywood producer’s arrest in New York City this morning on sexual assault charges.

“Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell,” the Italian actress wrote on Twitter Friday. “We, the women, finally have real hope for justice.”
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Limbo Shows: Here’s the Status of Canceled (or Likely to Be Canceled) Series Looking for a New Home

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Limbo Shows: Here’s the Status of Canceled (or Likely to Be Canceled) Series Looking for a New Home
Updated May 25 at 10:13 pm Pt with “The Expanse” officially picked up at Amazon.

Said Alcon Entertainment Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson: “We couldn’t be more excited that ‘The Expanse’ is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show. We also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television for her tireless efforts. We are fully aware that this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the staggering outpouring of support from the most creative, hardest working sci-fi fans around the world. From reddit campaigns to airplanes, we say thank you. It worked!”

Is there an afterlife? For all the beloved TV shows that recently got the axe, fans sure hope so.

Following a slew of cancellations doled out by broadcast networks
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Morgan Freeman: Any Suggestion of Assault ‘Is Completely False’

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Morgan Freeman: Any Suggestion of Assault ‘Is Completely False’
Morgan Freeman said Friday night that he never assaulted women or offered “employment or advancement in exchange for sex.”

The statement came a day after CNN published a report in which eight women accused the actor of misconduct, from unwelcome sexual comments to “unwanted touching” to harassment. In an apology Thursday, he said it was “never my intent” for anyone to feel uncomfortable or disrespected.

The eight women, all but two of whom are unnamed, told CNN the actor made remarks about their appearance or their clothing choices that made them uncomfortable, with some adding that he would stare at them or touch them.

Also Read: Morgan Freeman's Comments to CNN Reporter Chloe Melas Led to Her Report on Harassment Accusations

He elaborated Friday by saying the following:

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.
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Morgan Freeman Apologizes Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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Morgan Freeman Apologizes Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations
(Update: Morgan Freeman issued a second statement Friday. You can read it here.)

Morgan Freeman on Thursday issued a public apology shortly after CNN published a report in which eight women accused released the actor of misconduct, from unwelcome sexual comments to “unwanted touching” to harassment.

“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” Freeman said in a statement. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

The eight women, all but two of them unnamed, said the actor made unwelcome remarks about their appearance or their clothing choices, and some reported he would stare at them or touch them.

Also Read: Morgan Freeman Accused of Unwanted Touching, Sexual Harassment by Multiple Women (Report)

Each of the women said they didn’t report Freeman’s behavior because they feared for their jobs.
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Morgan Freeman Issues New Statement: ‘I Did Not Assault Women’

Morgan Freeman Issues New Statement: ‘I Did Not Assault Women’
Morgan Freeman, who was accused of sexual harassment by several women on Thursday, has issued a longer statement in response to the allegations. Through his publicist Stan Rosenfield, Freeman said:

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.

All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.

I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women—and men—feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way.

Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Euphoria’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Euphoria’
It’s quite an achievement to set back gay representation on Italian screens by about 30 years, but Valeria Golino’s second feature as director manages to accomplish that dubious feat. “Euphoria” is a dolled-up mess of a movie featuring Riccardo Scamarcio as a rich and glamorous “entrepreneur” who takes it on himself to hide his brother’s cancer diagnosis from everyone involved. Don’t bother asking why, because the only possible answer, reinforced at every turn, is that each and every character is intellectually deficient. The real surprise is how Golino, whose directorial debut “Miele” showed such subtle maturity, could think that this mess of a script was worth putting on screen. Slick production values, a name cast and the kind of family-centric disease-of-the-week storyline beloved of matinee audiences will equal good box office at home.

If Golino and her fellow scriptwriters brought in gay author Walter Siti to add an authentically queer vibe,
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David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury

David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury
U.S. producer David Permut and Japanese director Naomi Kawase have joined the jury for the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival. The jury is to be headed by Chinese director and actor Jiang Wen.

Others joining the jury, which decides the festival’s Golden Goblety (Jin Jue) Awards, include Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, Turkish director-producer Semih Kaplanoglu, mainland Chinese actress Qin Hailu and Taiwan actor Chang Chen, who was recently on the jury in Cannes.

The festival boasts other connections with Cannes too. The Cannes Film Market party was this year sponsored by Siff. And Shanghai organizers claim to be stepping up co-operation with other major festivals around the world, led by Cannes.

The appointment of Jiang and the announcement of a “Sissi trilogy” to celebrate the 80th birthday of the late Romy Schneider, was announced in March. Others in the Classics section include 4K restored versions of several titles directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
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We Need a Movie About Sister Antonia, the Prison Angel of Tijuana (Podcast)

Antonia Brenner wasn’t the most likely woman to become a nun, much less a nun who moved into a Tijuana prison: Born into a wealthy family in Beverly Hills, she was a twice-divorced mother of seven when she chose to live in Tijuana’s notorious La Mesa to care for its forgotten inmates.

Her story is the basis of the excellent book “The Prison Angel,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan. In our new “Shoot This Now” podcast, we argue that it would be an incredible movie. You can listen on Apple or Spotify or here:



We can’t decide if the story is “Troop Beverly Hills” meets “Oz” or “Legally Blonde” meets “Green Mile” or “Clueless” meets “Dead Man Walking,” but you get the idea. Inspired by a dream about Jesus, she gave up a comfortable life in Beverly Hills to live in
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Morgan Freeman Claims He "Did Not Create Unsafe Work Environments" in New Statement

Morgan Freeman Claims He
In the wake of allegations that he harassed female journalists and staffers at his production company, Morgan Freeman has defended his actions in a new statement that warns "it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor."

In the statement, the second he has put out since an initial CNN report of misconduct on Thursday, Freeman writes that he is "devastated" that "80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye" by news reports of misconduct published Thursday. "All victims of ...
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‘Adrift’ Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting Shailene Woodley, Shooting Surrounded by Sharks

‘Adrift’ Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting Shailene Woodley, Shooting Surrounded by Sharks
Baltasar Kormakur has taken on epics like “Everest,” an action-comedy in “Two Guns” and an atmospheric Icelandic TV drama series with “Trapped.” The director-producer-writer is often drawn to tales of extreme elements and survival. Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claifin in the true story of a couple who faces tragedy on the ocean, “Adrift” open June 1.

Why are you so drawn to stories about the sea?

I’m Pisces, my sign is water. I was a competitive sailor as a kid and I was drawn to the sea. This was my first story about about sailing. Iceland is surrounded by water, so it’s part of my life.

What is it about tales of survival that attracts you?

It’s very raw and visceral, coming from a country where nature and the weather are a constant. When people face these elements, the person behind the person comes out — the mask comes off.
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