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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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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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Royal Wedding: NBC Edges ABC to Win Viewer Crown

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NBC narrowly claimed the crown after Nielsen ratings for the Royal Wedding were reported Sunday, with an average of 6.4 million viewers tuning in to see the “Today” live broadcast of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding from Windsor.

ABC News came in a very close second with 6.3 million viewers, followed by CBS in third with 4.8 million viewers for the 6-9 Am Et slot. Fox News led the cable networks with 2 million viewers for the 6-10 Am slot, followed by CNN with 1.8 million and MSNBC with 1 million.

Also Read: Royal Wedding: 15 Most Ridiculous 'Cord and Tish' Moments

NBC also held the top spot with all key demos, averaging 2.3 million in the 25-54 demographic and 1.7 million in the 18-49 demo. That’s a 17 percent lead over ABC and 66 percent lead over CBS.

“Today” also had the top Friday broadcast for the wedding, averaging 4.25 million viewers for the lead-up special with 1.45 million in the 25-54 demo.
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‘American Idol’ Finale: Three Finalists Will Perform Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Journey Hits

‘American Idol’ Finale: Three Finalists Will Perform Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Journey Hits
The “American Idol” reboot is coming to a conclusion with its two-part season finale airing tonight (May 20) and tomorrow (May 21) on ABC with the top three battling to be crowned the new winner. Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe and Gabby Barrett are set to perform tonight, with the top two to be revealed on Monday night’s episode.

The Top 3 finalists will perform three songs: a hometown dedication, a repeat of their favorite song of the season, and their winner’s single. In addition to performances by Caleb, Gabby, and Maddie, four past contestants — Jonny Brenns, Catie Turner, Michelle Sussett
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China Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Opens Third Behind ‘Infinity War’

China Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Opens Third Behind ‘Infinity War’
Of half a handful of new release movies in China this weekend, only Chinese romantic fantasy “How Long Will I Love U” and American horror thriller “A Quiet Place” made any noise behind still dominant “Avengers: Infinity War.”

“Infinity War” held on to the top spot with $54.2 million in its second weekend, according to data from Ent Group. That marks a 72% drop from its opening weekend, but it lifts the film’s total to $302 million after just 10 days on release. That makes it by far the top Hollywood movie of the year so far in China, having overtaken the $220 million mark of “Ready Player One.”

“How Long Will I Love U” which features a man and a woman living in the same apartment 20 years apart, who find their timelines crossed, earned a serious $36.2 million for second place. With the film’s scores improving each day of the weekend, including an impressive $17.3 million on Sunday,
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The Cannes – Oscar Connection: How Strong Will It Be This Year?

The Cannes – Oscar Connection: How Strong Will It Be This Year?
We now know what Cate Blanchett’s jury thought of the films that screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival: “a very strong year,” she said at the jury’s festival-ending press conference. And we know what buyers thought of the festival lineup: not bad, judging by the deals.

But what will Oscar voters think?

That’s always a tricky question, because the connection between the world’s most prestigious film festival and the world’s most celebrated film award can fluctuate wildly. In 2011, for example, three of the films that screened at the festival — “The Artist,” “The Tree of Life” and “Midnight in Paris” — landed Best Picture nominations, with “The Artist” winning.

But the success rate hasn’t approached that since then, although 2016 had an impressive across-the-board showing: One Best Picture nominee (“Hell of High Water”), the Best Foreign Language Film winner (“The Salesman”), six other nominees in the Best Actress,
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Patricia Morison, Stage Star of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’, Dies at 103

Patricia Morison, Stage Star of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’, Dies at 103
Patricia Morison, who starred as shrewish diva Lilli Vanessi in the original 1948 Broadway production of “Kiss Me, Kate” as well as Anna Leonowens in the 1954 run of “The King and I” opposite Yul Brynner, died of natural causes in her Los Angeles home Sunday. She was 103.

Morison was born on March 15, 1915 in New York City, the daughter of playwright and actor William Morison and Selena Fraser, a British Intelligence agent during World War I. After graduating from high school, Morison took acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse and made her stage debut at the Provincetown Playhouse in the musical revue “Don’t Mind the Rain.” Her Broadway debut followed shortly, in 1933’s “Growing Pains,” though she never appeared on stage, instead acting as the stand-by for Helen Hayes in the lead role of Victoria Regina.

After catching the eye of talent scouts, Morison signed a contract with Paramount Pictures and
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‘First Reformed’ and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Anniversary Blast Off at Indie Box Office

Cinephiles in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago were in for a treat this weekend, as Warner Bros. brought back Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” for a limited engagement in 70mm. The re-release celebrating the epic sci-fi film’s 50th anniversary made an estimated $200,000 from four screens, leading all films this weekend with the highest per screen average of $50,000.

To oversee the mastering of the new 70mm prints, Warner Bros. brought in a filmmaker they’ve worked with for over a decade and who is a devoted fan of Kubrick: Christopher Nolan. The “Dunkirk” director led the project to create new copies of the film from Kubrick’s original negative, with no digital modifications made.

The re-release comes after a gala presentation of the film at the Cannes Film Festival and alongside a special edition of the film released on Blu-Ray.

Also Read: Is the Cannes Film Festival in Decline?
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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 OrangeThe Exorcist and dozens of Clint Eastwood films, has died. He was 97.

Gold died at his home in Old Greenwich, Conn. 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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Does Cannes Have a Future? Yes, But the Festival Needs to Change

Does Cannes Have a Future? Yes, But the Festival Needs to Change
The red carpet, in America, is a flat expanse of star-studded glamour, a VIP corral. At the Cannes Film Festival, the red carpet starts off as an expanse but then, as it approaches the Grand Palais, it ascends, in 24 Cinderella steps — a literal stairway to heaven. The meaning of that stairway isn’t stardom. It’s all about what the films, and the competition, aspire to. It’s about how they want to lift us aloft, to carry us into the shimmering pantheon of Art.

By the time this year’s awards ceremony was over, the mission, as always, felt like it had been accomplished. A new auteur had been crowned high king: Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose winning of the Palme d’Or for “Shoplifters,” a tale of family, poverty, and social injustice, had an “It’s time” earnestness about it. The Grand Prix went to Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,
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‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ Gets Third Season on Amazon

There’s plenty more Midge Maisel on the way.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has been picked up by Amazon for a third season even before the critically-acclaimed dramedy’s second season has finished production, individuals with knowledge of the talks confirmed to TheWrap.

Following a housewife who goes into stand-up after her marriage crumbles, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has earned rave reviews, as well as a pair of Golden Globes for Best TV Series — Musical or Comedy and Best Actress for Rachel Brosnahan’s performance as the title character. The series was also honored with a Peabody Award last month.

Also Read: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Star Michael Zegen Breaks Down His Character's 'Quarter Life Crisis'

Amazon released the show’s pilot last spring and later picked up the show for a two-season order, with Season 1 premiering last November. Production on Season 2 is already underway, with a release planned for later this year.
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‘Deadpool 2’ Leads International Box Office With Powerful $176 Million Debut

‘Deadpool 2’ Leads International Box Office With Powerful $176 Million Debut
The Merc With a Mouth stuck the landing overseas.

Ryan Reynold’s “Deadpool 2” bowed internationally with $176 million — and that’s without a boost from China. Combined with its $125 million domestic debut, the superhero sequel secured a global weekend total of $301 million.

It marked the best overseas opening of all time for Fox International. The previous record was set by “X-Men: Days of the Future Past” with $174 million, including $38 million from China. It also surpassed “Logan” ($160 million) as the biggest international opening for an R-rated title.

Deadpool 2” saw the biggest launch in the United Kingdom with $18 million from 1,796 locations. It also had a solid launch in South Korea with $17 million on 1,562 screens, as well as in Russia with $11.8 million from 1,477, Australia with $11.7 million on 279 screens, and Mexico with $10 million from 3,013 screens.

Other top markets include France ($8.3 million from 727 screens), Germany ($8.2 million from 875 screens), Brazil, India, and Taiwan ($5.6 million from
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Nicki Minaj Drops Fiery Verse in Awesome Unaired ‘Saturday Night Live’ Parody of Haim

Nicki Minaj Drops Fiery Verse in Awesome Unaired ‘Saturday Night Live’ Parody of Haim
Musical guest Nicki Minaj broke out a guest rap in an unaired “Saturday Night Live” skit that starred Tina Fey, Aidy Bryant, and Kate McKinnon as a parody of sister-group Haim. Set in a nightclub, the premise of “Friendship Song” was about supporting friends by cutting down other people — an ex-boyfriend, a co-worker — and like most “SNL” parodies, this one was musically on-point, from Tina-Fey-as-Danielle-Haim’s trademark “Ha!”s to Aidy-Bryant-as-Este-Haim’s jerky bass moves.

At around the 2:30 mark, Nicki Minaj walks up and is brought in on the co-worker’s transgressions. “Oh girl, I don’t even need to know who it is,
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'SNL': Watch Tina Fey Reprise Sarah Palin Impersonation

'SNL': Watch Tina Fey Reprise Sarah Palin Impersonation
Tina Fey revived her Sarah Palin impersonation for a Saturday Night Live musical number that reunited some of Season 43's Trump White House characters.

"Here's a refresher: I was the first female on a Republican presidential ticket and now I get paid to tweet for Bass Pro Shops," Fey's Palin, one of SNL's most savage political impersonations, said. "Take it from me, politics is a wild ride. One minute you're on top and then you're gone in the blink of a Scaramucci."

In addition to Fey's former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate,
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‘Jessica Jones’ Team on Genre Show’s Timeliness, Being Ahead of the Curve on #MeToo

“From the very beginning when we started this journey, Jessica has always been a character who has been very of its time,” Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb, told Variety on Saturday.

Loeb appeared at Netflix’s Fysee panel event, moderated by Variety’s own executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, in honor of the second season of Marvel’s “Jessica Jones.” Rachael Taylor, who plays Jessica’s best friend-cum-sister Trish Walker, praised how the series “always puts character first while diving into all these different social issues. It’s so unexpected for a genre show but such a joy for us to play.
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Renewed for Season Three by Amazon (Exclusive)

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Renewed for Season Three by Amazon (Exclusive)
Amy Sherman-Palladino got her wish. Amazon has renewed “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” for a third season.

The creator/executive producer of “Mrs. Maisel” prodded Amazon executives about a pickup on Saturday night as she accepted a Peabody Award for her 1950s-set dramedy about an Upper West Side housewife who ventures into standup comedy after her picture-perfect marriage falls apart.

“You’re going to give it to us because we’re bringing home the fancy thing, right?” Sherman-Palladino said of the Peabody win for the show’s freshman season.

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who attended the ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street,
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Jodie Foster Says America Has a "Problem" With Female Directors

Jodie Foster Says America Has a
Hotel Artemis star Jodie Foster explained that she loves to act but will continue directing as well at Saturday's premiere of the new action film at the Regency Bruin Theater in Los Angeles.

“I said it and I’ll keep saying it, I want to direct,” Foster explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “And I will direct more than I acted.”

The star was not shy to share her thoughts about the rise of female directors, as that faction of the film industry has been the “last area” that needs to see a change....
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