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Movies New to Netflix in May: ‘Coco,’ ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army,’ ‘Amélie,’ and More

Spring is in the air, and with it the sweet smell of fresh new Netflix movies. The streaming giant announced a slew of fresh content arriving to the site in May, and there is plenty to keep you entertained as the weather starts to turn. Though we have to wait almost the entire month, the most exciting addition is Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” on May 29. Fo those who missed it in theaters, the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature will surely find a whole new audience once it’s available to stream.

Keeping up with this year’s Oscar winners, “Shape of Water” director Guillermo del Toro’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” arrives next month, as well as Agnès Varda’s Oscar nominated documentary “Faces Places.” Other standouts include intimate gay drama “God’s Own Country,” as well as “Amélie,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.
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9 Netflix Original Movies You Need to See in May

We are in the heart of Spring, and when we're not outside soaking up the sun or getting our brunch on, we're Netflix and chilling . . . obviously. Now that May is quickly approaching, it's time to get ready for the monthly announcement of what's to come next month on Netflix. When May hits, the streaming service will not only be adding some of your favorite movies to its long list of must-watch films - like Shrek, Disney and Pixar's Coco, and Mamma Mia! - but Netflix has a lot of original films coming your way that you're going to love.

In fact, there are nine Netflix original films coming to the streaming site next month, which means you have a valid excuse to stay in throughout the month and just chill . . . watch movies and chill, technically. Everything from dramas like Sometimes and action films like Anon will be available soon,
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in May

If Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” had you singing and dancing along in the theater, you’re in luck. You’ll soon be able to get up and dance to the Oscar-winning song “Remember Me” in your own living room when “Coco” drops on Netflix on May 29.

Several titles coming to the streaming giant next month don’t yet have a date, including “Riverdale” Season 2, “The Flash” Season 4, “Arrow” Season 6, “Dynasty” Season 1 and “Supernatural” Season 1.

Plenty of Netflix Originals are returning in May as well, like “Dear White People” on May 4 and “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman,” also on May 4, with guest Tina Fey.

Also Read: 'Fast and the Furious' Animated TV Series Heads to Netflix

See the complete list below.

Avail. May 1

27: Gone Too Soon

A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana

Amelie

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1

Beautiful Girls

Darc

God’s Own Country

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City– Netflix Original

A new stand-up special from John Mulaney.

Mr. Woodcock

My Perfect Romance

Pocoyo & Cars

Pocoyo & The Space Circus

Queens of Comedy: Season 1

Reasonable Doubt

Red Dragon

Scream 2

Shrek

Simon: Season 1

Sliding Doors

Sometimes– Netflix Film

Seven strangers anxiously waiting for their HIV test results decide to bribe the clinic receptionist to get them early, learning one is positive.

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Carter Effect

The Clapper

The Reaping

The Strange Name Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-v: Season 2

Also Read: Netflix Exec Ted Sarandos Made 19 Percent More in 2017 vs Prior Year

Avail. May 2

Jailbreak

Avail. May 4

A Little Help with Carol Burnett– Netflix Original

In this original unscripted series starring comedy legend Carol Burnett, kids dish out advice to celebrities and everyday people in front of a live audience.

Anon– Netflix Film

In a future where technology has rendered privacy obsolete, a detective investigates a serial assassin who has been deleted from all visual records.

Busted!: Season 1– Netflix Original

A hilarious panel of Korean entertainment icons team up with some of the biggest names in K-Drama in this madcap whodunit variety show. More “Keystone Cops” than “Sherlock Holmes,” each episode sees our cast of bumbling detectives solve a different mystery based on vignettes presented by famous Korean actors and comedians. An overarching plot unfolds throughout the series, and the tension mounts as the panel edges closer to the awful truth.

Dear White People: Volume 2– Netflix Original

Romantic dilemmas, a social media troll and big changes at Armstrong-Parker House push Sam, Lionel and friends to the breaking point.

End Game– Netflix Original

Directed by Academy Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, End Game is an intimate vérité style documentary short that follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death — and dedicated to changing our thinking about both.

Forgive Us Our Debts– Netflix Film

Threatened by creditors, a newly unemployed man agrees to work for a debt collector, but soon discovers his deal with the devil has unexpected costs.

Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2– Netflix Original

Lukas and friends explore a lost world full of prehistoric beasts, uncover clues to Kong’s past and race to stop a robot uprising led by Botila.

Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo

Manhunt– Netflix Film

A Chinese pharmaceutical lawyer framed for a vile crime teams up with a sharp-witted Japanese detective to stop a dangerous corporate plot.

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey– Netflix Original

Tina Fey opens up about her family, the changing culture at “SNL” and the one moment she wishes she could take back. Plus, blues icon Buddy Guy.

No Estoy Loca

The Rain: Season 1– Netflix Original

After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark on a perilous search for safety. A Scandinavian thriller series.

Avail. May 5

Faces Places

Avail. May 6

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Streaming every Sunday – Season 1 Finale on May 13)– Netflix Original

Also Read: 'Seven Seconds' Won't Return for a Second Season on Netflix

Avail. May 8

Desolation

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives– Netflix Original

Hari Kondabolu breaks down identity politics, celebrity encounters, his mango obsession and more in a stand-up set full of unexpected twists.

Avail. May 9

Dirty Girl

Avail. May 11

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3– Netflix Original

Bill and his guests explore the future of food, the science of addiction and more in a new set of episodes of the Emmy-nominated series.

Evil Genius: the True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist– Netflix Original

This docuseries investigates the true story of a pizza delivery man who robbed a bank, then was killed by a bomb fastened around his neck.

Spirit Riding Free: Season 5– Netflix Original

Inspired by the Oscar® nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Spirit Riding Free follows the heartfelt journey of a wild mustang who could not be tamed. A whole new generation will experience all the daring adventures when Spirit meets a girl named Lucky whose courage matches his own. Together they push limits, harness the power of friendship and discover what it means to be free. With their best friends by their side, they explore a world filled with endless rides, magnificent horses and never-ending fun.

The Kissing Booth– Netflix Film

When teenager Elle’s first kiss leads to a forbidden romance with the hottest boy in high school, she risks her relationship with her best friend.

The Who Was? Show: Season 1– Netflix Original

A live-action sketch comedy show for kids starring the greatest names in history. Based on the best-selling book series.

Avail. May 13

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife– Netflix Original

Pregnant again, Ali Wong returns in her second original stand-up comedy special and gets real on why having kids is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Avail. May 14

The Phantom of the Opera

Avail. May 15

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 4

Grand Designs: Seasons 13 – 14

Only God Forgives

The Game 365: Seasons 15 – 16

Avail. May 16

89

Mamma Mia!

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Kingdom

Wanted

Avail. May 18

Cargo– Netflix Film

Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately seeks a new home for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.

Catching Feelings– Netflix Film

A Johannesburg professor and his journalist wife find their relationship tested in new ways when a famous, hard-partying writer enters their lives.

Inspector Gadget: Season 4– Netflix Original

Dr. Claw attempts anger management, Talon poses as a panda and Inspector Gadget goes … to jail? It’s a Mad, Mad world with plenty of surprises.

Avail. May 19

Bridge to Terabithia

Disney’s Scandal: Season 7

Small Town Crime

Avail. May 20

Some Kind of Beautiful

Avail. May 21

Señora Acero: Season 4

Avail. May 22

Mob Psycho 100: Season 1– Netflix Original

There’s an organization gathering espers for a nefarious purpose. Powerful psychic Mob, however, is just trying to be the protagonist of his own life.

Shooter: Season 2

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2– Netflix Original

As Shion and Tsubasa grow closer day by day, Ami and Takayuki’s relationship grows complicated, and new housemates join the group.

Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here– Netflix Original

Comedian Tig Notaro unleashes her inner prankster in a playful stand-up special packed with funny anecdotes, parenting confessions and more.

Avail. May 23

Explained– Netflix Original

This series spotlights topical and timely issues that impact our lives — from the gender wage gap to geopolitical politics.

Avail. May 24

Fauda: Season 2– Netflix Original

Doron teams up with his old undercover unit when a militant who has targeted him for revenge also launches a more ambitious covert plan.

Survivors Guide to Prison

Avail. May 25

Ibiza– Netflix Film

When Harper’s two best friends tag along on her work trip to Barcelona, they ditch work and fly to Ibiza for Harper, who against her better judgement, falls for a hot DJ.

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life– Netflix Original

The Toys That Made Us: Season 2– Netflix Original

The new season features Star Trek, Transformers, Lego and Hello Kitty.

Trollhunters: Part 3– Netflix Original

The fate of both trolls and humans hangs in the balance as the final chapter begins. Will Gunmar succeed in shrouding the world in darkness?

Avail. May 26

Sara’s Notebook– Netflix Film

A woman embarks on a harrowing search for her missing sister that brings her into the depths of the treacherous, war-torn Congolese jungle.

Avail. May 27

The Break with Michelle Wolf– Netflix Original

Michelle Wolf pokes fun at everything and everyone on her weekly show. Wolf has worked on “The Daily Show” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

Avail. May 29

Disney·Pixar Coco

Avail. May 30

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4– Netflix Original

Kimmy gets a job at a tech startup, Titus pretends to have a TV show to impress Mikey, and Jacqueline starts a talent agency.

Avail. May 31

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern– Netflix Original

The groundbreaking radio personality takes the stage in the latest installment of Letterman’s in-depth, wide-ranging interview series.

Leaving May 1

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Casper

Chappie

Charlotte’s Web

Field of Dreams

GoodFellas

Ocean’s Eleven

Sahara

Silent Hill

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Hurt Locker

To Rome With Love

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

Leaving 5/2/18

12 Dates of Christmas

Beauty & the Briefcase

Cadet Kelly

Camp Rock

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

Cow Belles

Cyberbully

Disney’s The Cheetah Girls

Disney’s The Cheetah Girls 2

Disney’s The Cheetah Girls: One World

Frenemies

Geek Charming

Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas

Hello Sister, Goodbye Life

High School Musical

High School Musical 2

Jump In!

Lemonade Mouth

Little Einsteins: Seasons 1 – 2

My Fake Fiancé

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension

Phineas and Ferb: Seasons 1 – 4

Princess Protection Program

Princess: A Modern Fairytale

Read It and Weep

Revenge of the Bridesmaids

Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure

Special Agent Oso: Seasons 1 – 2

StarStruck

Teen Spirit

The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Seasons 1 – 5

Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

Leaving May 7

The Host

Leaving May 12

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Leaving May 30

Disney’s The Jungle Book

Read original story Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in May At TheWrap
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Colbie Caillat's 'American Idol' Audition Got Her Nowhere, but She Still Made It on Her Own!

Singer Colbie Caillat might not have felt so "Bubbly" after she auditioned for American Idol. The 32-year-old singer actually tried out for the reality competition twice during its Fox run… but you can be forgiven if you don't remember seeing her on camera. As Colbie reiterated in the ABC revivals April 16 episode, she was axed at the pre-audition stage and didn't even get to sing for the judges! "I was in the auditions that you are outside with thousands of people," Colbie told Today in 2011 (per the Daily News). "You sleep on the street." On her second tryout, she even performed "Bubbly," her Platinum-certified debut single. But she doesn't hold a grudge against Idol, it seems. In an interview with USA Today (per Rolling Stone), she said she understands why she got the boot: "I was shy. I was nervous. I didn't look the greatest. I wasn't ready for it yet.
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Mamma Mia!, Shrek and Coco Coming to Netflix in May 2018

These Netflix arrivals are going to have you dancing and singing into spring.  Netflix just announced everything that's coming to the site next month, so grab your calendar! The list includes oldies but goodies like Shrek and The Phantom of the Opera, new seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Scandal and this year's Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, Coco. Plus, you can revisit Mamma Mia! before the long-awaited sequel hits theaters on July 20.  Meanwhile, Arrow: Season 6, Dynasty: Season 1, Riverdale: Season 2, Supernatural: Season 1 and The Flash: Season 4 are all heading to Netflix this month, though the dates for such arrivals...
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‘Greatest Showman’ Tops Disc Sales Charts as ‘Last Jedi’ Slips to No. 2

After two weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finally ceded the top spot on the national home video sales charts to a new release from 20th Century Fox.

The Greatest Showman,” a musical biopic about circus showman P.T. Barnum, took the No. 1 spot the week ended April 14 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and Npd VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

“The Last Jedi” slipped to No. 2 on both charts, selling about one-third as many discs as the Fox musical, which earned over $173 million in U.S. theaters.

No. 3 on both the overall and Blu-ray disc sales charts was Sony Pictures’ successful “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

The No. 4 spot on the two sales charts went to two different new releases. On the overall disc chart, season three
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Sathyam Cinemas' new initiative - exclusively for special children

Spi Cinemas is always known for taking up new initiatives to make a movie watching experience worthier.

Now, the much-celebrated multiplex will have a special movie show of Hollywood animation film, Coco on April 29, at 10.30Am. This show will be exclusively for specially-abled children, and the sound levels, for this particular show will be maintained to not hurt delicate ears. The management has also decided to have a longer interval for the children to enjoy their snacks.

To book the tickets, message 9841068794, with following details:

1. the mobile number for ticket confirmation

2. your full name

3....

Dolby, Disney Extend Deal Starting With ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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Dolby Laboratories and The Walt Disney Studios will continue their collaboration, adding 20 new titles to deal to release movies via Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” are the first titles under the new deal announced Thursday.

“Dolby and Disney share a rich history and mutual desire to bring the most spectacular cinematic experiences to audiences across the globe,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories. “With the expanded partnership, fans will experience many anticipated movies, including two upcoming ‘Star Wars’ titles and two titles in the ‘Avengers’ franchise, in both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound.”

Also Read: Dolby to Install New Atmos System in 20 Theaters Worldwide

Jeff Miller, President, Studio Operations, The Walt Disney Studios added, “At Disney, we strive to enable the vision of our filmmakers. Our strong partnership with Dolby and their commitment to developing state-of-the-art technology and tools gives the creative community an amazing palette to help deliver extraordinary experiences.”

Most recent and upcoming films coming to Dolby Cinema through 2019 include Pixar’s “Coco,” “Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” and Disney’s “Aladdin,” among many more.

See Video: Dolby Neuroscientist Calls Out Gender Bias in Science

To date, over 165 Dolby Cinema titles have been released. Dolby Vision projection uses state of the art optics and image processing for enhanced color technology and contrast ratio. Dolby’s award-winning sound technology Dolby Atmos moves audio around the cinema for a more inclusive theater-going experience.

Read original story Dolby, Disney Extend Deal Starting With ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ At TheWrap
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Animation is Role Model for Chinese Co-Production, Beijing Festival is Told

Animation is tipped by leading executives as the most fertile sector for cross-border cooperation between China and overseas film industries.

International co-production is a perennial discussion at every film festival in China or any market espousing a significant China connection. The Beijing International Film Festival, which kicked off on Sunday night, made co-production the theme of its showcase panel discussion on Monday, the event’s first full day of business. Speakers included Steven O’Dell, president of theatrical distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, James Wang Zhonglei CEO of Huayi Brothers, U.S. director Rob Minkoff and Beijing-based Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2”).

O’Dell said that animation is one of just a handful of strategies that can lead to global success. “Animation is able to cross language barriers,” O’Dell said.

Sony has an existing local-language production strategy. O’Dell said that its decentralized executives involved in the program are
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85 Images from Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort

The first-ever Pixar Fest, being held in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure through September 3rd, brings guests together to celebrate the beloved characters and stories from Pixar Animation Studios, including such films as Toy Story, Cars, Monsters, Inc., Up and Coco. Whether you choose to see them come to life in the return of two favorite parades – the “Pixar Play Parade” and the “Paint the Night” parade – with new Pixar surprises, or the “Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks show (which is truly their best yet!), check them out in the fun new decor, participate in singing …
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'Rampage' storms to $73.5m from international arena (update)

Action adventure scores Warner Bros’ third highest opening day in China, second highest in Vietnam.

April 14 Update: Rampage has smashed its way to an estimated $73.5m internationally, powered by $36.8m from China after two days.

The Dwayne Johnson action tentpole delivered Warner Bros Pictures International’s third highest opening day in China on $15.6m for close to 70% box office share, adding $21.2m on Friday.

Remaining territories accounted for $36.7m by Saturday. The UK stands at $2.8m after two days, and UAE, South Korea and Malaysia each on $1.5m.

Rampage opened top in Mexico on Friday on $992,000, while it arrived as
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'Rampage' storms to $15.7m China opening day

Action adventure in action around the world through Warner Bros Pictures International.

Rampage stormed to a $15.7m opening day in China including Thursday previews as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson returned to what continues to be a rewarding territory for the A-lister.

Overall the action adventure has grossed $25.4m including debuts in a further 40 markets in its first two days through Warner Bros Pictures International.

The tentpole arrived in the UK on $1.3m including Wednesday previews and currently ranks second, while a number one result in Malaysia has delivered $877,000 including previews.

The UAE generated $665,000 for number one and the second highest opening day of the year-to-date.
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Paramount Pictures Lands Ya Novel ‘Aru Shah And The End Of Time’

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures won an auction for movie rights to Aru Shah and the End Of Time, a young adult novel by Roshani Chokshi that debuts this Sunday in the No. 2 slot on The New York Times Bestseller list for young readers. The studio sees the potential for a franchise that is a cross between Wizard of Oz and Coco, with a touch of Night at the Museum. Karen Rosenfelt is producing. The auction came down to Paramount and Netflix, both drawn by the global appeal and…
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'Isle Of Dogs' scoops top prize at Fido Awards

'Isle Of Dogs' scoops top prize at Fido Awards
The prize was presented at an exhibition of the film’s craft in London.

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation Isle Of Dogs has been awarded the first ever Fi-Dogmanitarian award at the Fido Awards (For Incredible Dogs On Screen).

The film, which depicts a group of dogs fighting extermination on an island of trash in Japan, was recognised for its ‘celebration of the human bond with canines in the Year of the Dog’.

The award is modelled on the Palm DogManitarian Award at sister ceremony the Palm Dog awards, which take place during Cannes Film Festival.

Andy Gent, head of
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Easily Tops DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted atop the national home video sales charts by a wide margin the week ended March 31.

The eighth numbered installment of the “Star Wars” saga and the ninth live-action film in the franchise took in $620 million at the domestic box office and $1.33 billion worldwide — making it the top earner released in 2017. The Rian Johnson-directed film easily took the No. 1 spot on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

Dropping to No. 2 on both charts in its second week, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier, was Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which sold 29% as many copies as Last Jedi during the week.

Disney’s “Coco,” in its fifth week, moved up a slot to No. 3 on both charts.
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Japan Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins Again as ‘Boss Baby’ Beats DreamWorks Record

Pixar animation “Coco” led the Japanese box office for the second weekend in a row. With Disney distributing, the film made $2.8 million on 224,000 admissions for the April 7-8 frame. In its 24th day on release the film extended its cumulative total to $33 million.

Ranking second by earnings was Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Opening on Friday, the film took $2.53 million on 180,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday. Its three-day total was $3.95 million on 260,000 admissions, with a forecast to finish near the $14 million mark.

Toho-Towa’s animation “The Boss Baby” scored $2.3 million with a higher admissions figure, of 192,000 admissions. The film’s cumulative was extended to $23.3 million on 2 million admissions. This is the highest figure for a DreamWorks animation in Japan, beating the previous record of $22.8 million held by “Shrek 2.”
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'Ready Player One' becomes Warner Bros' biggest hit in China, hits $300m global

'Ready Player One' becomes Warner Bros' biggest hit in China, hits $300m global
Tomb Raider hits $200m internationally; A Quiet Place gets multi-territory roll-out.

April 6 Update: Last weekend’s global box office champion Ready Player One from Warner Bros, Amblin Entertainment and Village Roadshow has soared past $200m internationally and crossed $300m worldwide.

Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adventure based on Ernest Cline’s beloved pop culture mash-up has raced to $143m (Rmb 897m) and counting in China to become Warner Bros’ biggest release in the market.

Ready Player One stands at approximately $232m internationally and arrives in the key market of Germany this weekend, which should play a role in propelling the international
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'Ready Player One' suits up to blast away international competition

'Ready Player One' suits up to blast away international competition
Tomb Raider crosses $200m milestone; Paramount’s A Quiet Place gets wide launch.

Last weekend’s global box office champion Ready Player One from Amblin Entertainment will soar past the $200m mark this weekend.

Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adventure based on Ernest Cline’s beloved pop culture mash-up has raced to an early $169.9m through Warner Bros Pictures International and remains the Hollywood tentpole to beat outside North America.

Ready Player One has grossed more than $234m worldwide and arrives in the key market of Germany this weekend, which should play a key role in propelling the international running total past the $200m milestone.
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Pixar Oscar Winner Lee Unkrich Wants Live-Action Directors to Follow Wes Anderson’s Lead and Make Animation

With two Oscars under his belt, Pixar’s Lee Unkrich is one of the most prolific directors in animation today. The “Toy Story 3” and “Coco” director makes an appearance in Little White Lies’ March/April 2018 issue to talk about the future of animation, and one point Unkrich stresses is the desire to have more live-action filmmakers cross over to animation storytelling. Unkrich notes how effortless Wes Anderson can pivot from live-action to animation without losing his signature style, and he’d love to see other directors make a similar transition.

“I’ve actually liked seeing some traditional live-action filmmakers make steps into animation, like Wes Anderson,” Unkrich said. “I don’t think the two worlds need to be so segregated. I think the work that we’re doing in animation is very much on par with what’s being done in live-action, and the way we make the films is similar,
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Ben Platt, Rachel Bay Jones, Laura Benanti, Alan Menken To Perform At Stephen Schwartz 70th Birthday Concert

The Dramatists Guild Foundation Dgf today announced that Tony Award-winning performers Ben Platt Dear Evan Hansen, Rachel Bay Jones Dear Evan Hansen and Laura Benanti Gypsy Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez Frozen, Coco and double E.G.O.T.-winning songwriter Robert Lopez Frozen, Coco, Avenue Q, Book Of Mormon along with acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming currently appearing on Broadway in Carousel, will take the stage at the Hudson Theatre to toast the life and work of one of American theatre's greatest living composers, Stephen Schwartz, on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7pm Est. The star-filled concert, sponsored in part by the Ambassador Theatre Group Atg and the Hudson Theatre, will showcase and shine a spotlight on Schwartz's beloved songs, stories, and legacy in celebration of his 70th Birthday.
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