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'A Quiet Place' Back at #1, While 'Super Troopers 2' Demolishes Expectations

'A Quiet Place' Back at #1, While 'Super Troopers 2' Demolishes Expectations
Early on it looked as if it might be a tight race for the weekend #1, and while the margin was slim, in the end A Quiet Place settled into the spot, topping last weekend's champion Rampage. Stx's I Feel Pretty settled into third over its debut weekend, delivering results a shade over expectations, narrowly topping the outstanding performance from Fox Searchlight's Super Troopers 2, which more than doubled expectations. With an estimated $22 million, Paramount's A Quiet Place topped the weekend as its domestic cume climbs to an outstanding $132.4 million after just 17 days in release. For comparison, Split and The Conjuring finished with $138.2 million and $137.4 million respectively over the course of their entire domestic runs. In fact, A Quiet Place is now Paramount's highest grossing domestic release since 2016's Star Trek Beyond ($158.8m) as it topped the $130.1 million brought in by Transformers: The Last Knight last year. Internationally,
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Continues to Roar Overseas

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Continues to Roar Overseas
Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage” has once again secured the top spot at the international box office.

The Warner Bros. film pulled in $57 million from 61 territories in its second weekend, crossing the $200 million mark internationally. With the $21 million it made domestically this weekend, “Rampage’s” global tally sits at $283 million.

Rampage” has brought in $106 million in China alone, seeing $27.2 million on 17,000 screens this weekend. Korea was another top market, where it made $3.3 million on 870 screens. In Mexico, the film earned $2.9 million on 2,193 screens, while in the U.K. it brought in $1.9 million on 744 screens. The next key markets to open will be France, Germany, and Japan.

Another Warner Bros.’ title, “Ready Player One” earned $23 million from 67 territories this weekend. Steven Spielberg’s latest opened this weekend in its final major market, Japan, with $4.4 million from 749 screens. Internationally, the film is just shy of the $400 million mark at $395.4 million. “Ready Player One
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'La Flor' Wins Buenos Aires Film Festival

'La Flor' Wins Buenos Aires Film Festival
Cult filmmaker and scriptwriter Mariano Llinas' epic 14 hour-long film La Flor (The Flower) topped the 20th edition of the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, which began on April 11 and ends Sunday. The film also won the best actress award for its four leads Pilar Gamboa, Valeria Correa, Elisa Carricajo and Laura Paredes.

A record-breaking, 840-minutes film – the longest fiction feature in Argentine history – La flor consists of six different episodes, all starring the same four actresses, who form the acting company Piel de Lava ("Lava Skin"). Shot independently throughout a nine-year period across three continents,...
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‘Ghost Wars’ Canceled After One Season At Syfy

‘Ghost Wars’ Canceled After One Season At Syfy
Syfy has canceled the horror series Ghost Wars after its debut 13-episode season, Deadline has confirmed. The series premiered in October 2017. Created by Simon Barry, Ghost Wars was an acquisition title for the cable network. Set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces, the series focuses on local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) who must overcome the town's prejudices and his own personal demons if he's to harness…
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Verne Troyer Dead at Age 49

Verne Troyer Dead at Age 49
Verne Troyer has died earlier today at the age of 49. The news was announced via the actor's social media on Saturday. Troyer is most famous for playing Dr. Evil's sidekick, Mini-Me in Austin Powers, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Along with a photo of the actor, who was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, the statement on his official Instagram read, "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change...
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Exclusive: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Starts Filming Monday; Andrew Stanton Not Returning

Exclusive: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Starts Filming Monday; Andrew Stanton Not Returning
Stranger Things Season 3 is rolling right along, and we've got a bit of an update on where production's at. The third installment of Netflix's supernatural sensation will get in front of cameras starting Monday, April 23, according to series producer and director Shawn Levy. Speaking with Collider's Steve Weintraub, Levy revealed that the team just completed the table read from Stranger Things 3, which included the first four scripts of the season, putting them about right on pace with the amount of scripts they had completed ahead of production for Season 2. And once again, …
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‘Ready Player One’ Tops $500M Global Box Office, Scores $200M+ In China

‘Ready Player One’ Tops $500M Global Box Office, Scores $200M+ In China
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has lifted its worldwide score across the $500M threshold. That’s after beginning global rollout on March 28 and reps $120.6M in domestic takings with $379.5M at the international box office. The Vr-themed pic from Warner Bros, Amblin and Village Roadshow has done remarkable business in China where it has now topped $200M (Rmb 1.3B) to become the 10th biggest U.S. release ever in that market. Earlier in the run, RP1 had already become…
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‘Scary Mother’ Named Top Film at Beijing Festival

‘Scary Mother’ Named Top Film at Beijing Festival
Scary Mother,” a Georgian-Estonian drama about a woman who chooses to follow her passion for writing, putting it ahead of her family, was named as the best picture at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film’s lead performer Nato Murvanidze was named best actress.

The Tiantan awards were presented at a spectacular closing ceremony on Sunday night outside the Chinese capital. In attendance at the closing ceremony, local stars included Huang Bo, actresses Lin Chi-ling and Tong Liya.

The prizes had been decided on by a jury headed by Wong Kar-wai. British wartime drama, “Journey’s End” collected two prizes, one for Paul Bettany as best supporting actor, and another for Hildur Gudnadottir.

Caucasus-set drama, “Dede” also won two prizes. Mariam Khatchvani was named best director, while Konstantin Esadze earned the cinematography prize.

Joe Cole was named best actor in Kim Nguyen’s drone romance “Eye on Juliet.” Mina Sadati
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‘Westworld’ Recap: Enchantment Under the Sea

Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Journey Into Night,” the first episode of the second season of HBO’s “Westworld.”

The very first shot of “Westworld” reminds us of what worked best about the HBO drama’s first season. All television shows should open up with a tight shot of Jeffrey Wright. But then that shot moves back, and Wright starts talking, and it becomes clear that, like so many episodes last season, “Journey Into Night” will begin with one of Bernard — at least he’s almost certainly Bernard this time — and Dolores’ face-to-face chats. And just like that,
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'Westworld' Season Premiere Recap: Rewind, Reboot, Reload

'Westworld' Season Premiere Recap: Rewind, Reboot, Reload
Remember the legend of the minotaur, the mythological half-man half-bull beast at the center of a labyrinth, ready to kill all comers? Even fiction's most famous maze had a monster in the middle. So maybe everyone making their way through the mysteries of Westworld – human, "host" and audience alike – should have seen the carnage coming.

Thanks to Dr. Robert Ford, the mercurial mastermind behind the futuristic retro-Western theme park that gives the show its title, both organic and robotic characters spent the first season of this sci-fi thriller trying to
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‘Westworld’ Season 2: Yes, There’s a New Set of Timelines – Here’s How to Keep Them Straight

‘Westworld’ Season 2: Yes, There’s a New Set of Timelines – Here’s How to Keep Them Straight
(Spoiler warning: Please don’t read this if you haven’t seen the “Westworld” Season 2 premiere.)

After 16 long months, “Westworld” finally returned Sunday with multiple bangs and — once more — multiple timelines.

Following a freshman installment famous for the tricks it played on fans by scrambling up its chronological scenes, the HBO sci-fi hit’s Season 2 premiere — “Journey Into Night” — introduced (at least) three new paths for us to follow.

And while unwrapping Season 1 required pretty much all of Reddit to come together to figure out what happened and when it happened before creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy unraveled it on screen, it already looks like their second crack at messing with you will be just a little bit easier to follow.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Season 2: How Jimmi Simpson Slowly Became Ed Harris (Exclusive Video)

See, it’s all going to come down to Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) — our constant in the little-over 70-minute episode’s timelines — who seems to be having a hard time keeping them straight himself.

TheWrap breaks down the sequence of events in the premiere… and reminds you to obsess over whether or not Wright is wearing glasses in any given scene for the next 10 weeks.

1. Dolores and Arnold

The episode opens with what is our oldest and easiest timeline to pick out: Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Arnold (also Wright, but not Bernard) having one of their classic chats way back before the park, opened approximately 30 years ago. He wipes off his glasses, before he resumes telling her about a dream he had in which he was in an ocean, with her and “the others” on a distant shore. Arnold says they left him behind and the waters were rising up around him.

Dolores is curious to know what this means. When he tells her it’s nothing, just a dream, we know it’s Arnold and not Bernard because he’s “frightened” with how quickly she’s learning and concerned about the path she might take one day. So, you know, real Old School Dolores. Like Pre-Murdering-Arnold-at-His-Request Dolores.

Also Read: UnWrapping 'Westworld' Season 1 With Jimmi Simpson and Simon Quarterman (Exclusive Video)

This timeline is only seen once in the episode and is defined by its inclusion of Arnold and lack of his robo-counterpart.

2. The immediate aftermath of Dolores shooting Ford

A second timeline picks up following the “present day” ending for Season 1: when Dolores killed Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) of her own freewill with a blow to the back of the head at a party in the park.

This particular section of the Season 2 story begins with Bernard (Who Is Wearing His Glasses) hiding in a stable near the shindig with executive director of the board of Delos Destinations, Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), and a few terrified guests. Bernard — who only recently discovered he was a host, but is trying to keep it on the Dl he’s a host — has some gooey stuff coming out of his ear. However, he doesn’t have a ton of time to worry about that, as the group needs to escape before the rebellious robots get to them.

Charlotte and Bernard (’cause those other dummies get killed when they fall for a host-set trap) trek to an outpost lab in the park to try and contact Delos’ main offices and let them know they need to begin extraction protocol. But, yeah, no, they won’t do that until they can get that “package” Charlotte believed they already received: decommissioned host Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum), who is stuffed with info about the park and its inhabitants. As we already know, they didn’t get Peter out of the park, so until Charlotte and Bernard can find him, they’re all screwed. Bernard says he can probably locate Peter through the hosts’ “mesh network.” While he’s working on that, he also extracts some of that gooey stuff from another robot and shoots himself up without Charlotte noticing. Oh and they locate Peter.

Also Read: 'Westworld': Here Are Some Characters to Watch for in Season 2 (Photos)

Situated in this same timeline are Dolores and Teddy (James Marsden), who show up galloping on horses while gunning down guests to the tune of the “The Entertainer,” in what is arguably the best use ever of that overplayed song. It’s safe to assume we pick up with our host couple — and the small posse they’ve formed — just a few hours, or at most a day, after she began her reckoning. They’re stringing up parkgoers who beg for their lives, as Dolores reveals she has “two minds about” her plan for revenge: on the one hand, she’s the rancher’s daughter who seems more willing to forgive, and on the other, she’s Wyatt, who hopes you get what’s coming to you in the most violent of ways.

Then we have the Man in Black (Ed Harris) — who we also now know to be an older version of William (Jimmi Simpson) — waking up on the ground in the park in the same clothes he was wearing to the party. He’s immediately involved in a human-host shootout, but suffers a mere flesh wound. He finds refuge in a location where he can both wrap up his bloody arm and grab a new black hat — ’cause what is the Mib without his trademark chapeau? Old William runs into that Young Ford host, who finally tells him what he’s been waiting to hear for years: he has a new game to play, and this one is actually made for him. And then he shoots the robot in the face and heads off on his new journey.

And to round out this nice big, confusing second piece of this season’s puzzle, there is Maeve inside the labs with Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman). Having just exited the train that would have taken her outside of Westworld, the madam reluctantly teams up with Lee to look for her daughter. Though she finds her partner-in-crime Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) — don’t worry, he’s forgiven her for abandoning him — they still need to keep the head of the narrative department around to help them navigate the park.

3. Two weeks after the massacre

And now we’ve made it to the third timeline of the season. Well, third timeline in the premiere, at least. Bernard wakes up on a beach, with his glasses laying beside him. Ok, so those guys get washed away and then he Doesn’T Wear Another Pair In This Timeline For The Rest Of The Episode.

That’s going to be a real helpful indicator of where we are at any given moment, even though Bernard himself seems to be having flashbacks to timeline 2.

Anyway, some unfamiliar Delos employees find Bernard, but have no idea who he is, until Stubbs (Liam Hemsworth) shows up — he’s alive! — to advise them not to shoot the boss. Here is where we meet Karl Strand (Gustaf Skarsgård), head of operations for Delos, who is barking at members of the Chinese military, telling them his company has full authority over “the island.” He asks that they sign an Nda and get the heck out. (Yeah, we’re gonna let you mull over that whole island and Chinese military part on your own; we’re just dealing with timelines here.)

Park workers are busy rounding up hosts and executing them, as Strand informs a very frazzled Bernard (who is keeping his robot status to himself in this timeline too) that communications have been down for two weeks, so they are “largely in the dark” about the “single biggest loss of life on a Delos property.”

This is where we meet new character Antoine Costa (Fares Fares), a tech expert who is charged with scalping a Native American host to pull out his lightbulb-like “brain” (which is floating in that same gooey liquid Bernard was dealing with in timeline two) and review his last recorded memory before he “died” 11 days and 9 hours ago: Dolores shooting him.

Everything else that happens with this group (including finding Ford’s bloated body, a tiger and that random sea full of hosts) is in the third timeline. And while Bernard’s memory might be on the fritz at the moment, he and his glasses (or lack thereof) are our key to following along.

Of course once Simpson (who wasn’t in the premiere) and other past timeline characters start to show up, things are going to get more confusing. But let’s stick with this for now.

“Westworld” airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.

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Amy Adams Returns Home in First Trailer for HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ (Watch)

Amy Adams Returns Home in First Trailer for HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ (Watch)
You can’t go home again — or can you?

Amy Adams reluctantly finds herself proving the old adage wrong in the first trailer for HBO’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects,” which was released ahead of the premiere of “Westworld” season 2.

“Ma says she saw a ghost once,” a voice narrates, likely Adams’ character’s younger sister. “I’m not scared of them ghosts. Are you?”

The trailer shows key elements of the upcoming mini-series, including Adams as Camille Preaker, and her mother, portrayed by Patricia Clarkson. The dark and dangerous nature of the source material is hinted
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China Box Office: ‘Rampage’ Wins Quiet Weekend

China Box Office: ‘Rampage’ Wins Quiet Weekend
“Rampage” held on at the top of the Chinese box office for a second weekend win. Overall figures, however, were quiet.

The Dwayne Johnson-starring action film earned $27.4 million in its second weekend from close to 100,000 screenings per day, according to data tracking service Ent Group. That was a drop of only 50%, compared with its opening $55.1 million. After 10 days, “Rampage” has a cumulative score of $106 million.

Elsewhere, figures were mostly modest, and the cumulative total of the top 10 films adding up to only $57 million. That score is the third weakest weekend of the year.

Opening in second place, Chinese comedy “21 Karat” could only manage $10.1 million, despite its 62,000 daily screenings. Pointing to a rapid exit from theaters, its numbers dropped on Saturday and again on Sunday.

Slipping to third place, “Ready Player One” scored $8.24 million from 35,000 screenings per day. It now has a cumulative score of $207 million after 24 days, making it
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'Charm City': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

Returning to terrain that was explored with searing emotional depth and masterful detail in HBO’s The Wire, the feature documentary Charm City captures yet another facet of Baltimore’s ongoing crisis as one of the most dangerous cities in America.

Directed by Marilyn Ness, who produced the award-winning doc Cameraperson, this Tribeca festival premiere follows a cast of real-life cops, community organizers and politicians as they try to save lives in a place where death is an everyday occurrence. Well-made, while offering brief flashes of hope despite the harsh realities depicted, the film could charm its way to VOD and TV...
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Alex Pettyfer Opens Up About Celebrity and Directing His Sexy Drama ‘Back Roads’

Alex Pettyfer Opens Up About Celebrity and Directing His Sexy Drama ‘Back Roads’
Alex Pettyfer has a conspiratorial glint in his eye. He wants to conduct our interview in the empty screening room of the Crosby Hotel instead of its basement bar.

“It’ll be cool,” he promises, without a trace of anxiety about the fact that the theater looks very much closed to the public.

Pettyfer, outfitted in a baseball cap and a tight-fitting t-shirt that reveals an elaborate series of arm tattoos, is in New York to show “Back Roads,” a moody drama that marks his directorial debut, at the Tribeca Film Festival. He produced the film, as well as stars in it as Harley, a young man struggling to hold his impoverished family together after his mother (Juliette Lewis) is jailed for killing his father.

“The most humble experience I’ve ever had was making ‘Back Roads,’ because I realized as an actor you’re on a solo journey,” said Pettyfer.
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‘American Idol’ Top 14: Who was the best on Sunday and will make it into the Top 10 on Monday? [Poll]

The Sunday April 22 episode of the ABC revival of “American Idol” on ABC showcased the Top 14. Each of the finalists sang one song. Overnight, America gets to vote for their favorites, with the results revealed by host Ryan Seacrest on Monday’s episode. The top six vote-getters are assured of a place in the Top 10. The other eight artists will have to sing one song for survival, with the three judges — – Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — choosing which four get to move on in the competition and which four go home.

Heading into Sunday’s show, four of the Top 14 — Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Jurnee and Ada Vox — were your clear favorites, according to our poll of readers. Each of them had racked up at least 10% of the total vote to date. If they tally at least that when America weighs in, each of them should number among
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'Dreamgirls' Stars Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson Reunite at Coachella

'Dreamgirls' Stars Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson Reunite at Coachella
Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson were all smiles posing together for a photo at Coachella — or "Beychella" — this weekend.

In her caption for a snapshot of the moment on Instagram, Hudson gushed to her former Dreamgirls co-star, "It’s not what u do but how u do it ! And @Beyonce you have out done yourself ! Only u know how to top this ! I wouldn’t have missed this for the world ! #beychella"

"Here to see my dream girl," Hudson said in a video clip from her experience at weekend two of the California music festival, which she also posted on Instagram. The...
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'The Crown' Star Matt Smith Breaks Silence on Claire Foy Pay Disparity Controversy

'The Crown' Star Matt Smith Breaks Silence on Claire Foy Pay Disparity Controversy
Matt Smith is finally speaking out about the news that he was paid more than his The Crown counterpart Claire Foy.

The actor, who played Prince Philip in the first two seasons of the Netflix royal drama, told The Hollywood Reporter he supports Foy.

"Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he said, adding: "I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that what's needed to happen. Going forward, I think we...
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‘American Idol’ recap: Top 14 sing for America’s votes on Night 13 of Season 16 [Updating Live Blog]

‘American Idol’ recap: Top 14 sing for America’s votes on Night 13 of Season 16 [Updating Live Blog]
Six weeks after the revival of “American Idol” hosted by Ryan Seacrest began on ABC, America finally gets a chance to vote as the Top 14 take to the stage on the April 22 episode. These finalists survived a grueling process that began with winning over the three judges — Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — at a regional audition and getting a ticket to Hollywood.

A whopping 169 would-be winners made the trip to La La Land, before being cut to 50. That group then competed both individually and in groups before the judges decided on the Top 24. Those two dozen artists were then asked to sing both solo and in duets with celebrities and convince the three judges that they deserved a place in the Top 14.

See ‘American Idol’ Top 14: How to vote for your favorite artist of Season 16 on ABC

The season 16 finalists are: Gabby Barrett, Jonny Brenns, Marcio Donaldson,
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Mara Justine flashback: Before ‘American Idol’ she sang Katy Perry on ‘America’s Got Talent’ at only 11 years old [Watch]

Mara Justine flashback: Before ‘American Idol’ she sang Katy Perry on ‘America’s Got Talent’ at only 11 years old [Watch]
If “American Idol” finalist Mara Justine looks familiar, it’s because she previously auditioned for rival reality TV show “America’s Got Talent.” Back in the ninth season of “Agt” in 2014, Mara was only 11 years old but she still wowed judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Mel B and Heidi Klum with her booming voice. During that show’s live quarterfinals she took on “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry, an artist who coincidentally now judges Mara every week on “American Idol.” Watch Mara’s “Agt” performance above.

See Who will win ‘American Idol’ in its first season on ABC? [Poll]

This Galloway, NJ resident grew up with four siblings and a hard-working mother. “My family is just amazing people and I couldn’t have asked for any bigger supporters,” Mara declared in her “Agt” video package. “I love my mom so much because she believes in me. To have a mom that believes
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