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‘Fate Of The Furious’ Drives Five Wide Releases Off The Road With $38M+ Second Weekend – Sat. PM Update

Write-thru, Sat. PM: In recent memory, this has happened over the last two years: Following a huge Easter weekend, the box office goes sideways and this year we have five wide releases — Warner Bros.’ Unforgettable ($4.7M), Disneynature's Born in China ($5M+)Open Road's The Promise ($4M),  Cinelou/Scott Free's Phoenix Forgotten ($1.7M) and A24's Free Fire ($900K to $1M)— that are being run over by Universal’s The Fate of the Furiouswhich will cross the No. 1 finish… Read

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Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56

Erin Moran

Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. The Associated Press confirmed the passing, indicating that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana after they got a call just after 4 PM ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The… Read

Film

Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Appearance During Kathryn Bigelow’s VR Tribeca Panel

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton surprised Tribeca Film Festival goers tonight, making a special appearance during Kathryn Bigelow and Imran Ismail's The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger's Shoes panel. “Thanks for seeing this remarkable film which brings to reality what we're up against,” Clinton said. “I first became really focused on the horrific slaughter of elephants when I was Secretary of State. It was clear it wasn't just a terrible crisis, it was the trafficking that was a lot of… Read

Business

SAG-AFTRA Leaders Blasted for Misuse of Union Funds

A group of actors led by former SAG president Ed Asner has accused the leadership of SAG-AFTRA of a laundry list of financial misdeeds – allegations the union vehemently denies. The allegations are contained in a 10-page letter that was sent to SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, to national executive director David White, and to the national board on the eve of this weekend's board meeting – and just weeks before the union begins negotiations for a new film and TV… Read

Film

Alejandro González Iñárritu: Music Is “Highest Expression” – Tribeca

Multi-Oscar winning filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu spoke at the Tribeca Film Festival Saturday saying that before turning in earnest to the big screen, he had been a "frustrated musician." He still wishes he could have succeeded. "I think it's the highest expression of human beings by far," said Iñárritu during an hour-long free-flowing conversation moderated by artist Marina Abramović. "I tried it, but I quit." Music was one of several quick reveals the director… Read

Film

‘Gilbert’ Subject Gilbert Gottfried On Seeing His Personal Life Portrayed On Screen: “This Could Be What Hell Is”

“I just wanted to be in Tribeca so that I can legally refer to Robert De Niro as 'Bob,'” Gilbert Gottfried joked, sitting down with director Neil Berkeley (Harmontown, Beauty Is Embarrassing) at Deadline’s 2017 Tribeca Studio to discuss their documentary, Gilbert A legendary stand-up comedian and actor with a voice recognizable to many who was propelled to fame in the 1980s, Gottfried was candid about his total reluctance to participate in the project, which peeks… Read

Film

‘Hounds Of Love’ Stars On A “Bloody Hard” Shoot And Horrifying “Theater Of The Mind” — Tribeca Studio

If you’re in Tribeca and come across a film titled Hounds of Love, be warned—those hounds might bite you. Ben Young’s directorial debut is short on love, and seeped in tension. Psychologically violent, the Australia-set feature tells the story of Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings), a young woman kidnapped by her serial killer neighbors (played by Emma Booth and Stephen Curry) in the suburbs of Perth. Coming from a background in comedy, Curry found himself confronted with a… Read

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Universal Moves ‘American Made’, Away From Fox’s ‘Kingsman’

Universal Pictures' is shuffling the Tom Cruise pic American Made from a September 22 release date to September 29. The announcement comes after 20th Century Fox moved its Kingsman The Golden Circle in the opposite direction. Earlier today, Fox announced a number of release date moves, with Kingsman jumping from September 29 to September 22. Universal then announced the American Made move to the 29th. American Made reunites Cruise with his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug… Read

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New Caitlyn Jenner Interview Brings ’20/20′ Ratings Down, ‘Dateline’ Rises

While there is still time, someone might want to give Tucker Carlson's booking team a call. Based on how 20/20 (0.8/3) stumbled last night with a sit-down and catch-up interview with Caitlyn Jenner, the Fox News Channel host may find his April 24 debut in Bill O'Reilly's old time slot proving less than golden with the former Olympian as a guest. Two years after Diane Sawyer's ratings multi-year record breaking chat with the transitioning 1976 decathlete and reality TV… Read

Box Office

‘Deadpool 2’, ‘New Mutants’ & ‘Dark Phoenix’ Find 2018 Dates Among Fox’s Slew Of Release Changes & Additions

It wasn’t just the Avatar movies that received release dates today. 20th Century Fox made a number of changes and additions to their future 2017-2018 lineup. First, the sequel to Fox/Marvel’s $783M 2016 hit, Deadpool 2 will open on June 1 next year and it’s the only tentpole slotted there currently. Pic was previously listed on the calendar as untitled Fox/Marvel movie on June 29. X-Men spinoff New Mutants fills another untitled Marvel slot on Fox’s calendar, moving from… Read

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Donald Trump Plans Rally For Night Of White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Donald Trump White House Correspondents Dinner

Counter-programming? President Donald Trump will stage a BIG rally in Pennsylvania next Saturday night, which just so happens to be the evening of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner that he’s already rebuffed. Trump had already broken with tradition by announcing, in February, that he wouldn’t attend the April 29 roast-y dinner with the journalists he so forthrightly dislikes. His staff soon followed suit, and various high-profile media outlets… Read

Film

‘No Man’s Land’ Director David Byars & Producer Morgan Spurlock On Opening A Necessary Dialogue — Tribeca Studio

As an independent filmmaker tackling a complex and timely subject matter, you couldn’t ask for a more smooth process than David Byars experienced in making his feature directorial debut with the human, hot-button doc, No Man’s Land. “The financing was really easy. The best part is, [Byars] had such a great subject that once we started showing people the [film], we were able to raise all the financing we needed really fast,” producer Morgan Spurlock explains. Sitting down… Read