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Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Unseats ‘Infinity War,’ Opens to Heroic $133 Million

Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Unseats ‘Infinity War,’ Opens to Heroic $133 Million
Ryan Reynold’s “Deadpool 2” is set to take the No. 1 box office crown from “Avengers: Infinity War” this weekend, with $133.5 million from 4,349 North American locations.

The third R-rated superhero film from Fox took in $53.3 million Friday, including a record-setting $18.6 million from Thursday previews, the highest Thursday tally for an R-rated film (“It” had previously held the title with $13.5 million). “Deadpool 2’s” 4,349 theaters also mark Fox’s widest launch ever.

The “Deadpool” sequel will break its own predecessor’s record as the highest opening weekend for an R-rated film — “Deadpool” stunned the industry two years ago with $132.4 million. The original’s unique take on the superhero genre, with Reynolds breaking the fourth wall to address the audience directly, made the film a must-see, and it went on to earn $363 million in North America and $783 worldwide, making it the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

Reynolds returns as the wisecracking
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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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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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Luc Besson Accused of Rape by Actress in France

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Luc Besson Accused of Rape by Actress in France
A young actress who has worked with Luc Besson on two movies has filed a complaint with the police accusing the director of raping her earlier this week, a French news outlet reported Saturday.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, confirmed to Variety that she had filed the complaint, which was first reported by Europe 1.

Police have declined to comment. The actress told Variety that the incident, which she described as a “violent sexual assault,” happened two days ago, May 10, following a meeting with the maker of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets“ at the Bristol Hotel near the Champs Elysees in Paris.

Besson could not be reached by Variety, but his legal representative confirmed that the French director “categorically denied all the accusations made against him.”

Rumors of sexual misconduct against Besson have been swirling since the emergence of the #MeToo movement. So far in France,
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‘13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 Premiere Event Canceled Following Santa Fe Shooting

‘13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 Premiere Event Canceled Following Santa Fe Shooting
Netflix has canceled Friday night’s Los Angeles premiere of “13 Reasons Why” Season 2 following the Santa Fe High School shooting that left at least 10 dead earlier that day, the streaming service announced.

“Our hearts are with the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting, and with all victims of gun violence,” Netflix said in a statement. “In light of today’s tragedy, we are cancelling the ’13 Reasons Why’ S2 premiere event tonight.”

Series stars Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette, Kate Walsh, Alisha Boe, Christian Navarro, Brandon Flynn, Miles Heizer, Justin Prentice, Ross Butler, and more were expected to attend, as well as executive producer Selena Gomez.
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Watch 'SNL' Reenact 'Sopranos' Finale With Trump's Legal Team

Watch 'SNL' Reenact 'Sopranos' Finale With Trump's Legal Team
The season finale of Saturday Night Live borrowed from another classic series finale as Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump and his Mueller investigation legal team reunite at a diner in a cold open sketch that reimagined the famed closing scene from The Sopranos.

Trump sits in the booth of a New Jersey diner and waits for his guests to arrive, pumping change into the table's jukebox to play Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," which also soundtracked the much-debated final moments from the HBO mob drama.

Trump's legal team then begins
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Cannes Film Festival 2018: Winners and Losers Inside the Perfect Storm

Cannes Film Festival 2018: Winners and Losers Inside the Perfect Storm
Cannes must serve many masters. Over 70 years, the festival has expanded to fulfill many sets of expectations: red-carpet black-tie glamour from the biggest movie stars, breaking news and celebrity interviews for the 4,000 global press, a vital film market for international buyers and sellers, and of course the films that will be assessed by the media and world’s most exacting critics.

But this year, festival director Thierry Fremaux found himself in a perfect storm. With a shrinking smart-film market that offers narrow margins of error, a Cannes acceptance can inspire equal measures of pride and terror. Fremaux probably should have changed the timing for critics’ screenings years ago, before so many festival regulars — from Canadian enfant terrible Xavier Dolan to lauded French auteurs Jacques Audiard and Olivier Assayas — opted out of attending in favor of the less-risky, Oscar-friendly fall festival circuit.

“Cannes can be brutal if you don’t get the right reception,
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‘SNL': Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding Video Exposes How Problematic the Royal Family Is (Video)

‘SNL': Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding Video Exposes How Problematic the Royal Family Is (Video)
“SNL” went behind the closed doors of the reception of Saturday’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle, finding the members of the British royal family drunk and partying — and expressing, perhaps, their more problematic leanings, especially in the case of host Tina Fey’s Duchess of Devonshire.

“What’s up! It’s your boy, Harry Windsor, Aka Ron Sleazely,” said Prince Harry, played in the sketch by Mikey Day. “Official wedding video 2018. It’s 2 a.m. Royal reception still going strong. Meghan’s in the hallway, trying to stop some of her white relatives from getting in because they’re mental.”

Harry started moving through the reception, interacting with different guests along the way.

You can watch the video above.

Also Read: 'SNL': Baldwin's Trump Celebrates the Anniversary of the Mueller Investigation with a 'Sopranos' Parody (Video)

“Sister-in-law, Kate Middleton,” he said to a stumbling Kate,
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‘SNL': Tina Fey Returns as Sarah Palin to Sing Advice to Trump and Friends (Video)

‘SNL': Tina Fey Returns as Sarah Palin to Sing Advice to Trump and Friends (Video)
Tina Fey brought back one of audience’s favorite characters, Sarah Palin, from her days on “SNL” during her turn as host of the Season 43 finale episode.

Fey’s Palin turned up in the Oval Office, taking the opportunity to warn former and current figures in Donald Trump’s White House that fame can be fleeting.

“It’s me, the ghost of Sarah Palin,” Fey’s Palin said to introduce herself. “No, I’m just kidding, but you had to think about it, didn’t you. Here’s a refresher: I was the first female on a Republican presidential ticket, and now I get paid to tweet for Bass Pro Shop.”

Also Read: 'SNL': Baldwin's Trump Celebrates the Anniversary of the Mueller Investigation with a 'Sopranos' Parody (Video)

Palin went on to warn the members of the Trump White House that political fame can be fleeting.

You can
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‘SNL’ Weekend Update Host Michael Che: ‘I Like How Unfair and Mean-Spirited’ the Mueller Investigation Is (Video)

‘SNL’ Weekend Update Host Michael Che: ‘I Like How Unfair and Mean-Spirited’ the Mueller Investigation Is (Video)
Weekend Update on “SNL” had plenty of Donald Trump headlines for its finale episode, even bringing up the fact that earlier on Saturday, Trump tweeted about first lady Melania, misspelling her name “Melanie.”

The segment kicked off with Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost noting that Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into the Trump campaign, looking for evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia.

Co-host Michael Che referenced Trump’s sarcastic tweet about the investigation, in which he called Mueller’s probe “the greatest witch hunt in American history,” then joked that, actually, the witch hunt is pretty great from his point of view.

Also Read: 'SNL': Baldwin's Trump Celebrates the Anniversary of the Mueller Investigation with a 'Sopranos' Parody (Video)

You’ll find the transcript of the segment below, and you can watch it in the video embedded at that top of this post.
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U.S.-China Film Talks Now Hostage to Trade War (Report)

The ongoing film industry discussions between the U.S. and China may now have become hostage to the wider and more fractious trade negotiations between the world’s two largest economies. Until recently the film talks had been proceeding largely independently.

The Reuters news agency reported on Sunday that the film talks, spanning such issues as China’s import quotas and the share of revenues paid to Hollywood studios, are now being discussed “within the broader framework of a U.S-China trade stand-off.”

If correct, this would represent a recent turn of events. Variety understands that film was not discussed in any major way during the recent visit to Beijing (May 3-4) by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and economic advisors Peter Navarro and Larry Kudlow.

Other sources, have said that much of the framework of a new bilateral film deal has now been agreed,
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Finale: Tina Fey Reprises Sarah Palin Role (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Finale: Tina Fey Reprises Sarah Palin Role (Watch)
Tina Fey hosted the May 19 season finale of “Saturday Night Live” and reprised her role as Sarah Palin in a sketch about the ghosts of the White House’s past.

“I was the first female on a Republican presidential ticket and now I tweet for Bass Pro Shops,” she said. “Take it from me, politics are a wild ride. One minute you’re on top and then you’re gone in the blink of a Scaramucci.”

Fey’s Palin came with a message for everyone in Trump’s White House: “Enjoy your moment,” she said. “Who knows how long it’ll last.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Parodies the Royal Wedding Reception (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Parodies the Royal Wedding Reception (Watch)
Just hours after Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex married Meghan Markle, “Saturday Night Live’ put its own spin on the royal wedding on its May 19 season finale.

Offering an “exclusive” look inside the reception, Mikey Day’s Prince Harry took his wedding videographer –and the audience by extension — around the party, introducing family members such as Meghan Markle’s side of the family, played by Chris Redd and Kenan Thompson; his dad Prince Charles, played by Beck Bennett; his “Aunt Creepy,” played by episode host Tina Fey; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, played by Alex Moffat; and the Queen herself,
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‘SNL’ Finale: Tina Fey Takes Questions From Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Donald Glover (Watch)

‘SNL’ Finale: Tina Fey Takes Questions From Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Donald Glover (Watch)
Tina Fey hosted the May 19 season finale of “Saturday Night Live” and she brought with her some of her famous friends.

For her opening monologue, the former “SNL” writer and actor said she was told she was allowed to do anything because it was her birthday yesterday, and what she wanted to do was take questions from the audience.

The first one was from Jerry Seinfeld, who asked her if she thought the show had too many celebrity cameos of late. (Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro had returned just minutes before for the cold open.)

“I’m worried the
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‘SNL': Baldwin’s Trump Celebrates the Anniversary of the Mueller Investigation with a ‘Sopranos’ Parody (Video)

‘SNL': Baldwin’s Trump Celebrates the Anniversary of the Mueller Investigation with a ‘Sopranos’ Parody (Video)
Alec Baldwin returned for the series finale of “SNL” as Donald Trump, parodying the finale of “The Sopranos” to celebrate the first year of the Russia investigation.

Baldwin’s Trump started the sketch by entering a restaurant in New Jersey to meet friends — Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani, Ben Stiller as his former lawyer Michael Cohen, and Mikey Day as Donald Trump Jr.

“So Rudy did you go on Fox News last night?” Trump asked as McKinnon’s Giuliani sat down.

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“Like 20 times,” Giuliani answered. “Don’t worry I told them you were openly colluding with Russia, but then I said ‘So what!’ I even confessed to some crimes you didn’t do but then i said, what are you gonna do, arrest the president?”

Stiller’s Cohen entered next, still downtrodden for being pulled into the Robert Mueller investigation.
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Alec Baldwin Returns For Season Finale ‘Sopranos’ Parody (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’: Alec Baldwin Returns For Season Finale ‘Sopranos’ Parody (Watch)
Alec Baldwin was back on “Saturday Night Live” May 19 for the NBC comedy’s 43rd season finale in a cold open sketch that had him meeting his friends and foes — including Kate McKinnon’s Rudy Giuliani, Ben Stiller’s Michael Cohen and Robert De Niro’s Robert Mueller — in a diner. It was a chance for the show to take on last jab at the political players in Donald Trump’s White House, and the show wasted no time hopping from person to person and topic to topic.

Reminiscent of the final season of “The Sopranos,” Baldwin was joined in
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'Smokey and the Bandit': THR's 1977 Review

On May 19, 1977, Universal premiered Burt Reynolds' Smokey and the Bandit at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. The Hollywood Reporter's original review of the action comedy is below:

One of the last American frontiers is the open road and the men who drive the 18-wheelers across these paved wildernesses are the ones who will provide our modern legends, according to Jerry Reed's main credit song for Smokey and the Bandit, a Rastar production for Universal.

And, like most legends, the film is based almost solely on derring-do feats with little concern with substance and/or reality. It'...
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Kentucky Derby Winner Justify Wins Preakness, Sets Up Triple Crown Run

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Kentucky Derby Winner Justify Wins Preakness, Sets Up Triple Crown Run
Heavy fog and a muddy track didn’t stop Justify from winning the 143rd Preakness Stakes Saturday and putting the American Thoroughbred just one win away from the Triple Crown.

Ridden by jockey Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert, Justify took the lead late in the race but held on for the narrow victory with a winning time of 1:55.93.

“Oh, man. It was a nail-biter,” Baffert told NBC after the race. “They put it to us. That [Good Magic] was a good horse, and it was like they had their own private match race. Somebody had to give, and I’m glad it wasn’t us. I’m so happy that we got it done. He’s just a great horse to handle all that pressure and keep on running.”

Also Read: Justify Wins the 2018 Kentucky Derby

After besting eight horses at today’s race in front of an announced
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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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Why ‘Shoplifters’ Director Hirokazu Kore-eda is Cannes’ Favorite Japanese Auteur

Why ‘Shoplifters’ Director Hirokazu Kore-eda is Cannes’ Favorite Japanese Auteur
Japanese film “Shoplifters” been described as a surprise winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. That may have more to do with the director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s steady output and six previous appearances in Cannes, rather than any slight against his latest humanist drama, which is both familiar and inventive.

Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett called it a difficult decision, but the right choice for Palme d’Or. “We were completely bowled over by ‘Shoplifters.’ How intermeshed the performances were with the directorial vision,” Blanchett said.

“In a long career of incredible peaks, Hirokazu Kore-eda has delivered one of his best works. ‘Shoplifters’ is an incredible story that deals with familial bonds in a way I’ve never seen before,” said Eamon Bowles, president of Magnolia Films, which grabbed North American rights to the film a day before the closing ceremony.

And the film scored highly with reviewers.
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