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Netflix and Movie Theaters Are on the Same Side, Whether or Not They’ll Admit It — Cannes Critic’s Notebook

Walking the red carpet at Cannes feels less like you’re going to the movies and more like you’re going to the Oscars. It’s like being in the eye of the world’s most glamorous hurricane, a maelstrom of pomp and celebrity raging around you as you try not to trip over your own feet. Once inside the theater, you’re ushered to your seat by someone dressed like a Pan Am stewardess. A hush sweeps over the crowd when the director of that evening’s film arrives, as everyone rises to their feet for a thunderous ovation as he or she (but probably he) walks down the aisle; it’s like the royal wedding, but not as diverse.

Waiting for the lights to go down on the depressing Polish love story at the center of all this fuss, I found myself reflecting on the very public spat
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Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, David Simon Board New Shows for Atrium TV

Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, David Simon Board New Shows for Atrium TV
Atrium TV, the drama-commissioning club for pay-tv platforms and telcos, has set out a new slate that includes shows from Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, David Simon, and the producers of “Sherlock.” “Quasimodo,” which was shown to Atrium members last October, will also move forward, joining the already-announced moon-landing project “One Giant Leap” from veteran producer Mike Medavoy.

Atrium TV was created by former Sony boss Howard Stringer and Jeremy Fox and is owned by Mtg’s London-based distributor Drg. It has members from different regions who are presented with projects that they can co-fund and market locally as originals. The members,
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Ava DuVernay Asked Spike Lee to Hold His ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Grand Prix on the Flight Back From Cannes

Ava DuVernay Asked Spike Lee to Hold His ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Grand Prix on the Flight Back From Cannes
Spike Lee received one of the biggest awards of his career yesterday at Cannes, where he won the festival’s prestigious Grand Prix (essentially second prize) for “BlacKkKlansman.” Jury president Cate Blanchett said the film is “quintessentially about an American crisis,” with fellow juror Ava DuVernay praising it as “startling and stunning” and saying she’s seen every one of Lee’s films. Which is to say, she appears to have been pleasantly surprised when she found herself on the same flight back from the festival — and asked him to hold his new prize.

“Let me tell you a small Sunday story,” the “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time” director tweeted. “We happened to be on the same flight back to NYC. And I happened to ask to see his history-making Cannes Grand Prix Prize. And he happened to say yes. And then me and about 27 other passengers stood there and swooned and smiled.
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'Fahrenheit 451' to 'A Wrinkle in Time': 13 Banned Books Adapted for the Screen

'Fahrenheit 451' to 'A Wrinkle in Time': 13 Banned Books Adapted for the Screen
With all of the successful films adapted from books — such as It, Twilight, the Harry Potter franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, etc. — a new chapter in the world of literature adaptations has begun, with a twist. Despite being popular among readers, the stories behind recent screen adaptations such as HBO's Fahrenheit 451 and Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time have also appeared on the American Library Association's list of banned or altered books.

Though some of the most challenged works were banned more than 80 years ago (such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and J.D....
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‘Ms. Marvel’: Riz Ahmed Wants Mindy Kaling to Be His Co-Writer on Possible Superhero Movie

‘Ms. Marvel’: Riz Ahmed Wants Mindy Kaling to Be His Co-Writer on Possible Superhero Movie
Just last year, actor Riz Ahmed made Emmy history when he became the first Muslim actor to ever win an Outstanding Actor statuette in the Limited Series or Movie category. Now, the British-Pakistani entertainer hopes to break some more barriers, including telling the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first-ever Muslim superhero story.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige excited Ahmed and others in a BBC interview on Friday, divulging that a film based on Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel — the comic book character reintroduced in 2014 as a Pakistani-American whose skillset includes the abilities to heal fast and get small — is “definitely sort of in the works” for sometime post-March 2019. That’s when the studio will debut “Captain Marvel” with Brie Larson, the first Marvel film with a female lead.

Read More: ‘Captain Marvel’ First Behind-the-Scenes Photo: Brie Larson Suits Up and Learns How to Fly

Earlier this year, Feige told IndieWire that the
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Margot Robbie says she has been working on Birds of Prey for three years

After much speculation about her next outing as Harley Quinn, it was announced last month that Margot Robbie would be reprising her role as the fan favourite villain in the “girl gang movie” Birds of Prey, in addition to serving as executive producer.

Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) has been tapped to direct the R-rated feature, and during an interview with MovieFone Robbie has revealed that she has been developing the project for the past three years and has been working hard to secure the right director.

“I’ve been working on this for three years now and, from the beginning, I wanted to make an R-rated girl gang film and we needed a female director,” said Robbie. “The best director always wins, whether male or female, it’s more about who understands the character the best. But given how few opportunities female directors get, particularly on these big budget films,
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Cannes: Oprah Winfrey Joins Voice Cast of John Legend's Vr Short 'Crow: The Legend'

Cannes: Oprah Winfrey Joins Voice Cast of John Legend's Vr Short 'Crow: The Legend'
After appearing in Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time, Oprah Winfrey has lined up another film project, one that will keep her in Hollywood and locked in a visual brand of storytelling. 

Baobab Studios unveiled in Cannes additional casting for its virtual reality short project Crow: The Legend, which is being executive produced by John Legend, who worked with Winfrey and Ava DuVernay on Selma. 

The film is having a world premiere of sorts during Cannes Next 2018 on Saturday with Chapter One, while Chapter Two will debut later this year. As part of it, the company released the entire...
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Why the Duplass Brothers Refused to Make a Marvel Movie

The Duplass brothers have joined the increasing number of talented filmmakers who have turned down a gig directing a Marvel movie. Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass have been quite prolific in recent years, having produced a number movies such as Creep, Safety Not Guaranteed and Jeff Who Lives at Home through their Duplass Brothers Productions banner, as well as writing and creating shows like Togetherness and Room 104 for HBO. As writers, producers, directors and actors, the guys have proven themselves to be very capable. With that, Marvel Studios tried to lock them down for a movie, but they turned it down.

Mark and Jay Duplass made the reveal during a recent interview. They wouldn't say exactly which movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe they were offered, but Mark Duplass says, "There was a moment where Marvel was interested in us taking on one of their properties. It would have
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John Krasinski Would Like To See Who’s On The Other Side Of The Fires In ‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel

If at the beginning of 2018, you had said that the guy from “The Office” would co-write, star, and direct a film that had a bigger domestic box office than Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” and The Rock’s “Rampage,” we would have laughed. But here we are, in May, and John Krasinski has the biggest non-Marvel Studios film of the year, domestically, with his modestly-budgeted horror flick “A Quiet Place.”

So, even though the film is still chugging along 5 weeks later, everyone is clamoring to know what’s going to come in the next installment in Paramount’s obvious new franchise.
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Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury Speaks Out About Time’s Up, Women Filmmakers, and the Future of Movies

Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury Speaks Out About Time’s Up, Women Filmmakers, and the Future of Movies
As they prepare to start watching and assessing the 21 Competition films on display at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, at a time when the venerable festival struggles to retain its currency, the Competition jury of nine, led by Australian actress Cate Blanchett — which is not the first with a majority of five women — faced questions on multiple points of controversy, from #TimesUp and the number of films from women to the future of film itself.

Jury president and two-time Oscar-winner Blanchett insisted that she will look at each film with an open mind—knowing that reviewers and commentators may bring politics into play. That also applies to the question of the three films directed by women under Palme d’Or consideration. While the Cannes festival having added more women to the selection committee will change the lens through which the films are chosen, she said, “these things will not happen overnight.
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Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury Speaks Out About Time’s Up, Women Filmmakers, and the Future of Movies

Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury Speaks Out About Time’s Up, Women Filmmakers, and the Future of Movies
As they prepare to start watching and assessing the 21 Competition films on display at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, at a time when the venerable festival struggles to retain its currency, the Competition jury of nine, led by Australian actress Cate Blanchett — which is not the first with a majority of five women — faced questions on multiple points of controversy, from #TimesUp and the number of films from women to the future of film itself.

Jury president and two-time Oscar-winner Blanchett insisted that she will look at each film with an open mind—knowing that reviewers and commentators may bring politics into play. That also applies to the question of the three films directed by women under Palme d’Or consideration. While the Cannes festival having added more women to the selection committee will change the lens through which the films are chosen, she said, “these things will not happen overnight.
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Original Deadpool 2 Script Painted Wade Wilson As A Father

There’s been a notable uptick in Hollywood stories revolving around the father figure – be it Tomb Raider or A Wrinkle in Time. Hell, even Sony’s wildly successful God of War had Kratos take on dad duties in what quickly became a radical reinvention of the venerable franchise.

But it seems we won’t be adding Deadpool 2 to the list anytime soon. As Ryan Reynolds tells Entertainment Weekly, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick originally envisioned Wade Wilson as a father, only to scrap the idea before it could gain any significant traction.

Reynolds holds a writing credit for the blockbuster sequel, so it’s not all that surprising to learn that he worked in close collaboration with Reese and Wernick when deciding what’s next for the Merc With a Mouth. And despite some early brainstorming, it seems fatherhood isn’t on the cards after all.

The genesis
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Disney's Mulan Remake Lines Up Massive $300 Million Budget?

With production expected to begin soon on Disney's live-action remake of Mulan, and the cast coming together, a new report claims that the studio will be shelling out the big bucks for this project. While it has yet to be confirmed with the studio, a report claims that Disney has set aside close to $300 million for this adventure, making it one of the most expensive live-action movies of all time. If this report is accurate, it will also be the most expensive movie ever made by a female director, with Niki Caro taking the helm.

Pre-production is currently under way in New Zealand, with Disney using the same crew to build sets that were used on the Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure Thor: Ragnarok. The sets they are building are said to be massive and of "unprecedented scale." The sets are currently in the design phase, and it will take
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Trailer Watch: Women Directors Share Their Stories in “Half the Picture”

Karyn Kusama in “Half the Picture”

A new documentary has assembled some of the most prominent women directors, and they’re speaking out about why there are so few of them. There’s plenty of female filmmakers out there, but as a new trailer for Amy Adrion’s “Half the Picture” explains, the directors on most people’s radar — including those who are doing the hiring — are “overwhelmingly white and overwhelming male.”

A Wrinkle in Time” helmer Ava DuVernay recalls being told “no, we’re not going to accept you in the festival and no, we’re not going to give you money,” and others speak out about the “heartbreaking” experience of going into “meetings and meetings” and coming up short. “It’s just me. I’m not good enough. Just gotta work harder and be more brilliant,” “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke remembers thinking. Karyn Kusama, whose credits include “The Invitation” and “Girlfight,
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Hulu Renews “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Gives Series Order to Mindy Kaling’s “Four Weddings”

Kaling in “The Mindy Project”

Offred is staying put at Hulu and Mindy Kaling is set to return. The streamer has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a third season and given a series order to Kaling’s latest project, an anthology adaptation of “Four Weddings and Funeral.”

The first two episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” sophomore run debuted last week. As The Hollywood Reporter explains, Hulu doesn’t release viewership data, but the VOD service did reveal that the show’s Season 2 premiere “doubled its audience” compared to Season 1.

An adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in a totalitarian society ruled by a fundamentalist regime that has stripped women of their reproductive and economic rights. Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred.

The series made history at this year’s Emmys when it was named best drama — it’s the first streamer to take home the honor.
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Trailer Watch: “Jewel’s Catch One” Offers a Look Into America’s Oldest Black-Owned Disco Club

“Jewel’s Catch One”

Jewel’s Catch One “offered a place where any and everybody could come,” and now a new doc is exploring how that inclusive environment became the stuff of legend. A trailer had dropped for C. Fitz’s “Jewel’s Catch One,” a look inside the oldest black-owned disco in the U.S.

“At the time that we opened there was still an abundance of racism,” says owner and activist Jewel Thais-Williams in the spot. The dance bar first opened its doors in 1973.

Known for its eclectic clientele which included men and women of all nationalities and sexual orientations, the club offered a party where everyone was invited.

“Jewel Thais-Williams relentlessly opened her arms to do more for her community, and, still to this day, has not stopped serving those that need her,” Fitz told us. “She was the only voice for black people, and especially gay black people,
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ on Track for $235 Million-Plus Opening

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ on Track for $235 Million-Plus Opening
Avengers: Infinity War” is off and soaring at the box office, with industry estimates putting the film’s opening day totals at $106 million from a whopping 4,474 screens. That edges the $104 million opening day result for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and makes Marvel’s massive anniversary crossover only the third film to gross over $100 million on opening day alongside “Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

As has long been expected, “Infinity War” will become the sixth film in box office history with an opening weekend of over $200 million and the biggest launch ever for a superhero film. But at this range, comps are nearly nonexistent and estimates become less precise. The film is currently expected by industry estimates to finish the weekend with $235-$245 million, which would give it the second highest opening weekend in history.

Also Read: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Posts Biggest Thursday Preview Gross for a Marvel Movie With $39 Million

However, “Avengers” still has a chance to beat the all-time record of $248 million set by “Force Awakens” if it continues to perform even beyond analysts’ sky-high expectations on Saturday. Disney is keeping their estimates a bit lower at $225-240 million.
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Peter Bart: Inspiration Or Anomaly? What Studios Can Learn From John Krasinski’s PG-13 Sleeper ‘A Quiet Place’

It's come to this: The only picture that will finally bump A Quiet Place from its perch atop the box office is a new Avengers. With some online critics calling the latest Marvel entry "a hurricane of carnage"…”a movie tornado"…”a blockbuster of noise,” will audiences miss the sounds of silence? The majors supposedly were going to detonate a series of hits in the first quarter of 2018, but Pacific Rim Uprising and A Wrinkle in Time both fizzled and Rampage lost its top…
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Newport Beach Film Festival Offers Wealth of Premieres, Retrospectives and Seminars

Nbff kicks off opening night with Sundance hit “American Animals.” The British-American true crime drama, written and directed by Bart Layton, starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson, will be followed by a gala reception at the Fashion Island shopping mall.

The fest will end its eight-day run with the West Coast premiere of “All Square,” director John Hyams’ dramedy about a small-time bookie (Michael Kelly) who comes up with a scheme to take bets on Little League games.

Following the screening, the fest, in partnership with Schiefer ChopShop and Via Lido Plaza, will host the closing-night celebration. The outdoor event will feature a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka, Oban Whiskey and Guinness, with culinary tastings from top local restaurants.

In between those bookends, Nbff will host the U.S. premieres of the Italian feature “Wife and Husband,” the Chinese film “End of Summer,” the Japanese award-winning film “3 Ft.
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A Wrinkle in Time Finds its way to Home Video May 29

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Burbank, Calif. — Just in time for summer break, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, from acclaimed director Ava DuVernay, comes home May 29 on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere and June 5 on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and On-Demand. The stunning story of an ordinary girl’s extraordinary adventure through time and space offers exhilarating entertainment and positive messages for the whole family—encouraging self-confidence, inclusion and pushing imagination to the next level.

Families who bring home A Wrinkle in Time will go behind the scenes to meet the talented crafts persons, actors and filmmakers who brought to life every spectacular detail of this triumphant tale. Bonus material includes an extended featurette providing inside access to the A-list cast and crew; insightful audio commentary from director Ava DuVernay and team; deleted scenes; bloopers; and two music videos, including “I Believe” performed by Grammy®-nominated music mogul DJ Khaled
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