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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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'Westworld' Recap: Liquid Swords

'Westworld' Recap: Liquid Swords
Dismemberment, disembowelment and decapitation: Traditionally, these aren't what you'd call teachable moments. But thanks to some swordpoint shenanigans in Shogunworld, all three figure prominently into a key scene in this week's episode of Westworld ("Phase Space"). Even better, they go a long way toward demonstrating why this installment is such a dramatic uptick in quality from its predecessors. Whether it's the script by Mad Men veteran Carly Wray or the direction by Swedish filmmaker Tarik Saleh is unclear, but there's attention paid here to subtle human reactions to events as
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‘Killing Eve’ Finale: Cast and Crew Break Down That Game-Changing Bedroom Scene and Talk Season 2

‘Killing Eve’ Finale: Cast and Crew Break Down That Game-Changing Bedroom Scene and Talk Season 2
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers from the “Killing Eve” finale, “God I’m Tired.”]

From the beginning, “Killing Eve” — an adaptation of Luke Jennings’ novellas — has specialized in surprises that both reveal and confuse aspects of its characters’ psychologies. The obsession that MI5 officer Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) has with the international assassin known as Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is in itself a muddled mess of desires, and that comes to a head in the jam-packed finale when the two meet again.
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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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‘Black Panther’ Princess Letitia Wright Is Ready To Rule If Required

‘Black Panther’ Princess Letitia Wright Is Ready To Rule If Required
Black Panther star Letitia Wright suggested at the McM Comic-con show in London that her character, Shuri, may take over as Wakanda’s future leader. The show ran from Friday and ended today. Wright was answering an audience member question on whether she was prepared to step up as ruler after Thanos’s actions in Avengers: Infinity War left the leadership position at least temporarily vacant. “To be comic-book accurate, yes,” she said. Shuri’s fate was left unclear at…
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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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Korea Box Office: ‘Believer’ Wins as ‘Solo’ Opens Fourth

Korea Box Office: ‘Believer’ Wins as ‘Solo’ Opens Fourth
Crime drama, “Believer” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. Opening on Tuesday, the Next Entertainment World release earned $14.9 million from 1.8 million admissions over six days, including some $9.21 million earned between Friday and Sunday. It accounted for 54% of the total weekend box office. Directed by Lee Hae-young the Korean remake of Hong Kong thriller “Drug War” will open in the U.S. on June 8 through Well Go USA.

Deadpool 2” and “Avengers: Infinity War” slipped to second and third places, respectively. With a drop of 69%, Fox’s “Deadpool” earned $3.68 million for a cumulative of $26.9 million after two weekends. Disney’s “Infinity War” earned $890,000 to extend its five-weekend total to $91.4 million.

Another Disney release, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” debuted in fourth place on Thursday. The “Star Wars” spinoff earned $931,000 over its opening four days. Upi’s horror thriller “Truth or Dare” debuted on the same day as “Believer” and took fifth place,
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Andrei Cretulescu Finds New Romanian Rhythm in ‘Charleston’

Andrei Cretulescu Finds New Romanian Rhythm in ‘Charleston’
Like the old-fashioned dance from which it takes its name – in which “one of the rules,” as director Andrei Cretulescu slyly notes, “is that you have to switch partners” – “Charleston” pulls off its own brisk two-step as it dances between genres.

“Some people called it a road movie. Some people called it a black comedy,” says Cretulescu. “But it is a film about love. That’s what I wanted to make from the very beginning, and hopefully, that’s what I made.”

It would be misleading, however, to call “Charleston” a love story; though it pays tribute to some of the genre’s conventions, the object of desire in this off-beat love triangle is killed off just minutes into the film—a swift narrative feint that allows Cretulescu to explore love through its absence. In “Charleston,” two men aren’t competing for the same woman so much as fighting over her memory,
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‘Westworld’ Just Got Inside Its Own Head With That Shocking Reunion

‘Westworld’ Just Got Inside Its Own Head With That Shocking Reunion
(Major spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Phase Space.”)

Dr. Robert Ford was dead: to begin with.

But his mind? Well, that’s a horse of a different color.

Anthony Hopkins made his triumphant return to “Westworld” as everyone’s favorite late, great amusement park creator on Sunday’s episode of Season 2, “Phase Space.” And while his shocking cameo lasted but a few seconds and he only uttered three words, Hopkins unexpected reappearance on Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO series will be enough to launch a thousand fan theories come morning.

Also Read: 'Westworld': Shogun World Reflects Ties Between Samurai Films and Westerns

Yes, more theories. Because Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) shot Ford in the back of the head at the end of Season 1 and the last time we saw his corpse at the beginning
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James Ivory Joins Italian Drama 'Dance Again With Me Heywood!'

James Ivory Joins Italian Drama 'Dance Again With Me Heywood!'
James Ivory, who turns 90 this June, will add another role to his multi-hyphenate career, coming aboard as narrator for the Italian drama feature Dance Again With Me Heywood!

The film is described as a new type of fairytale, geared toward teenage audiences. It tells the story of a lonely man living in New York becomes friends with a young woman through a shared love of dancing. They both suffer from Moon's Butterfly syndrome, which makes them invisible to everyone, except to carriers of the disease.

Neapolitan director Michele Dioma is directing the English language film, which will star young ...
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China Box Office: ‘Solo’ Opens Third Behind ‘How Long’ and ‘Avengers’

China Box Office: ‘Solo’ Opens Third Behind ‘How Long’ and ‘Avengers’
Solo: A Star Wars Story” opened in third place in China behind holdovers “How Long Will I Love U,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” The misfire meant one of the quietest weekends of the year for the Chinese box office.

Solo: A Star Wars Story” managed just $9.62 million, according to local data service Ent Group. Disney’s estimates point to $10.1 million.

The film had been given some 77,000 screenings on its opening Friday, more than any other title in the marketplace. But after that weak opening, exhibitors transferred screens to “How Long” on Saturday and again on Sunday. “Solo” played just under 60,000 sessions on Sunday.

Chinese time swap romance, “How Long” had been the previous weekend’s surprise package, when it opened in second place. In its second weekend, it climbed to top spot, and scored $24.1 million. That was down only 33% from its first weekend score. After 10 days on release it now has $81.4 million.
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Jessica Biel ('The Sinner')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Jessica Biel ('The Sinner')
"I had a hunger for more," says Jessica Biel — who is best known for her portrayal of a preacher's daughter on The WB's family drama 7th Heaven back in the '90s, and who received her first-ever Golden Globe and Critics' Choice nominations in December for her performance on USA's limited series The Sinner — as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR's 'Awards Chatter' podcast.

Over the roughly 20 years between those two projects, Biel went on something of a professional odyssey, trying her luck in ...
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All 10 ‘Star Wars’ Movies Ranked, From ‘A New Hope’ to ‘Solo’

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Disney promised a new “Star Wars” movie every year after it acquired Lucasfilm, and the saga keeps on keeping on with “Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.” But while many would call themselves “Star Wars” fans, even they will admit that the movies in the saga are by no means created equal.

In reverse order, here is a rundown of the best and worst that these films have to offer.

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10. “Episode I: The Phantom Menace”

We waited 16 years for George Lucas to return to this universe, and what did we get? Trade routes and political intrigue, blood tests for the Force, and perhaps worst of all, Jar Jar Binks. “Menace” isn’t terrible because it’s a kid’s movie; it’s terrible because it’s a terrible kids movie.

Also Read: 'Star Wars': How the First 6 Films Performed at Box Office

Highlight: The light-saber battle between Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson
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