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Moviegoers Turn Out For The ‘Apocalypse’ Over Memorial Day & Chop Off ‘Alice’s Head – Monday AM Update


7TH UPDATE, Monday 8:20 AM: Sunday figures are in, and 20th Century Fox along with several rivals see X-Men: Apocalypse pulling in a $65.3M three-day opening on track for an $80M four-day. Thanks to the holiday, most films in the top 10 showed small drops on Sunday between -1% and -12% from Saturday. X-Men was down -8% from Saturday, while Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass sank further with $8.1M, -11%. Disney now sees Alice 2 making even less than what they… Read


André Rousselet Dies: Canal Plus Founder & Mitterand Cabinet Director Was 93

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André Rousselet, founder of Canal Plus, passed away Sunday at his home in Paris. He was 93. Vendome Pictures, the production company of his son, Philippe Rousselet, confirmed the news to Deadline. Former colleagues, including Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure, have taken to Twitter to mourn the passing (see below). Rousselet was born in Nancy in 1922 and was educated as a magistrate before turning to politics and business. In 1960, he became the owner of taxi… Read


‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’ Trailer: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts & Selena Gomez Hit The Road

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Rob Burnett’s sophomore feature helming effort, The Fundamentals Of Caring, was the closing night film at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Based on the novel by Jonathan Evision, it stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson and Frederick Weller. Netflix, which snapped up the title's SVOD rights for an estimated $7M, is premiering the drama on June 24. Check out the trailer above. Rudd plays Ben, a retired writer who becomes a… Read


‘Hamilton’s Good Wife Stands By Her Ham: Deadline Q&A With Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo

When Hamilton ended its Public Theater run in the spring of 2015, there was a lot of pressure to open immediately on Broadway. After all, it was already a runaway hit, with several sold-out extensions downtown; why waste lucrative weeks? But author, composer, lyricist and star Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted to buy some time to fix a few things he felt he hadn’t quite got right. One of them was the role of Eliza, the upper class Schuyler sister who will marry the near-penniless… Read


‘Top Gear’ Averages 4.3 Million Viewers In Season Opener, Takes Social Media Hits

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The revamped season of Top Gear, with new presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, has debuted to a mixed reception, averaging somewhere between 4.3-4.4 million viewers and drawing some social media fire. Those figures rep a decade low bow for the first ep of a new Top Gear series although the BBC chose to look at the glass half full, citing the show was the most watched in its primetime 8pm Sunday night slot, beating nearest rival, ITV’s British Soap Awards by some half… Read


‘The Carmichael Show’ Star On Tonight’s Donald Trump Fueled Finale, Bill Cosby’s Trial, Season 3 & “Big Picture” NBC

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's The Carmichael Show Season 2 finale. Wrapping up its second season tonight, The Carmichael Show continued its proposition of staying topical and straddling the great contemporary American divides. Early on in this latest 13-episode run, the Jerrod Carmichael co-created and starring series took on Bill Cosby and the allegations by over 50 women that the actor drugged and sexually assaulted them over the decades. With… Read


TNT: NBA Western Conference Finals Game 6 Coverage A Ratings Slam Dunk

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Whether you were a relieved Golden State Warriors fan or an increasingly worried supporter of the Oklahoma City Thunder who may or may not be nursing a serious depression hangover after game six of the NBA Western Conference finals, you definitely weren’t alone. According to TNT, its exclusive coverage of last night’s game was the network’s most-watched NBA Western Conference game six of all time. The Warriors/Thunder match up averaged 10.8 million total viewers and a… Read

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‘Alice’ Sees $65M In Offshore Looking Glass; ‘Warcraft’ Scores $31.6M; ‘X-Men’ Cumes $186M – Intl Box Office

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UPDATE, WRITETHRU, 11:14 AM PT: There were several moving parts to the international box office this weekend, with new entries and holdovers all jockeying for position — and new milestones in the mix. The widest newbie, Disney's live action sequel, Alice Through The Looking Glass, slid down the rabbithole into 43 material offshore markets for a $65M debut. The result mirrors the opening of last year's comp, Cinderella, in the same suite of markets and at today's exchange… Read


Holdovers ‘Weiner,’ ‘Love & Friendship’ & ‘The Lobster’ Strong: Specialty Box Office

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Box office numbers for the Specialties were slow in coming Sunday, with only some holdovers reporting their Friday to Sunday grosses over the holiday weekend. Last weekend's top opener, Weiner from Sundance Selects, continued to show zest in its second frame as it expanded into just over two dozen locations, while Sony Classics' Maggie's Plan starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore held its own as it moved into 19 runs. Oscilloscope's Spanish-language title Ma m… Read


Sam Mendes: “I Think It’s Time For Somebody Else” To Direct Bond

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'Spectre' film photocall, London, Britain - 22 Oct 2015

It is still not clear whether or not Daniel Craig is officially finished with James Bond, but if the actor who revitalized the character leaves it behind, he’ll have company. Sam Mendes, who helmed two back to back Bond flicks – 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre – that collectively earned nearly two billion dollars, has confirmed, as he indicated to Deadline late last year, that he’s done with the 007 franchise. "It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,”… Read


Dwayne Johnson Teases Furious Future With First In-Character Pic From ‘Fast 8’


Is the Fast & Furious series getting a spinoff? Maybe, maybe not but the possibility has been bandied about ever since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s breakout character DSS Agent Luke Hobbs was introduced in 2011’s Fast 5. Now Johnson has obliquely weighed in on the possibility himself in a post to his Instagram feed showing off the Fast 8 version of Agent Hobbs. “If I was going to return for another FAST & FURIOUS I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way… Read


Jeff Bridges Infiltrates ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

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The Dude will next be fighting for Queen and Country in some capacity, as Jeff Bridges has joined the cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew Vaughn’s follow up to his 2014 (2015 stateside) over the top spy actioner Kingsman: The Secret Service. The Iron Man and The Big Lebowski actor confirmed the news this morning the same way almost every other new cast member has: on Twitter, with a Kingsman graphic bearing cryptic text suggesting something about his character… Read