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‘Logan Lucky’ Trailer Reunites ‘Magic Mike’ Team–Plus Daniel Craig as Joe Bang

Magic Mike goes to the racetrack in Logan Lucky, the reteaming of Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh. The trailer for the film (see below), which just hit the internet, promises a blend of NASCAR action, a robbery caper and arch comedy. The story has brothers Jimmy (played by Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) plot an elaborate robbery during the Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The film shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the actual… Read


‘Beguiled’s Sofia Coppola Makes History As Second Female Director To Win At Cannes Film Festival

Oscar-winner Sofia Coppola made Cannes Film Festival history tonight becoming the second woman in the event’s 70-year history to win best director for her Focus Features release The BeguiledPreviously, Soviet director Yuliva Solntseva won for her 1961 war drama Chronicle of Flaming Years about the Russian’s resistance to the 1941 Nazi occupation. "I was thrilled to get this movie made and it’s such an exciting start to be honored in Cannes. I’m thankful to my great team… Read


Surprises Are Few But Most Winners Were Highly Deserving And A Nice Way To Bid Adieu To The 70th Cannes Film Festival -Hammond

  The 70th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival is over and the prizes handed out on a night that surprisingly had no real surprises. I am not sure why some pundits are acting with eyebrows lifted  toward the announcement by Pedro Almodovar’s Cannes Film Festival jury that Sweden’s The Square from director Ruben Ostlund was the winner of the Palme d’Or, top prize of the fest. The wry and pertinent (if overlong at 2 hours and 20 minutes) satire of the art world… Read


Brush Fire Near Getty Center Threatens Homes and Buildings on L.A.’s West Side

More than 100 firefighters are battling a serious brush fire in Mandeville Canyon near the Getty Center on the Westside of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Fire Department issued an update just after 5 p.m. PT said the fire had been caused by someone clearing weeds and debris. Media reports, citing authorities, pinned it on a homeowner using a weed-trimmer, which created a spark. Earlier, the LAFD said moist air as well as water dropped from helicopters had helped contain the… Read


Cannes Film Festival Jury: Almodovar Emotional About ‘120 Beats’, Chastain Shocked By Portrayal Of Women & More

The jury deliberations for the 70th Cannes Film Festival prizes were “devoid of violence,” joked this year’s president, Pedro Almodovar. “We always respected other members of the jury, of course, and everyone tried to convince each other, and other times not, but the results went very smooth, full of enthusiasm and powerful statements.” Juror Will Smith offered a different explanation. “I was just trying to get Pedro from offering me sexual favors,” quipped the star, who… Read


Cannes: ‘The Square’ Takes Palme D’Or; Sofia Coppola Best Director; Acting Honors For Joaquin Phoenix & Diane Kruger

UPDATED: After being snubbed by the Academy in 2015 when his lauded (and Un Certain Regard-winning) Force Majeure did not make the nominees list in the Foreign Language Oscar category, Ruben Ostlund just walked away with the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor. His The Square, an art world satire that stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, won this year’s Palme d’Or here tonight. When Ostlund did not get an Oscar nomination in 2015, he good-naturedly released… Read

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‘Long Strange Trip’ Has One of 2017’s Best Doc Debuts; Richard Gere’s ’Norman’ Crosses $3M — Specialty Box Office

Deadheads toked to Long Strange Trip: the Untold Story of The Grateful Dead in its theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles over the Memorial Day weekend on the heels of one-night event screenings leading up to the holiday. The film, by Amir Bar-Lev and released by Abramorama, grossed $34,131 in two theaters. The company also released fellow documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan in two locations Friday, doing a pretty solid $21,127. Long Strange Trip by Amir… Read


Donald Trump Comes Home, Fires Up Twitter, Rips Media & New Normal Resumes

President Donald Trump is back from his first big overseas trip — complete with dual meanings of “journey” and “stumble” — and things got back to “normal” quickly. Meaning the leader of the free world fired up his Twitter account early this morning and again let fly at the “enemy of the people.” The way he sees it, all the ugly news that came out of his jaunt through Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and Brussels came from one source: the media. Here’s how POTUS… Read


With ‘Empire’ And ‘Star,’ Lee Daniels Continues To Tell The Untold Stories Of The Marginalized — Deadline Disruptors

"I gotta tell you, for the record, I'm bored with Hollywood people of color saying Hollywood owes you something," Lee Daniels told CBS News in January. "Don't nobody owe you nothing. I had to fight for everything, from my very first movie on." This perspective from Daniels is only a part of what makes him a disruptor. In both his film and TV work, Daniels tells the previously untold stories of the marginalized. With Precious, he followed a plus-size Harlem girl enduring… Read

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‘Pirates’ $208M Overseas Start And $275M Global Take Will Push Disney Franchise Past $4B Mark

Pirates Of The Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales

Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean launched overseas last week and then added more territories over the weekend to bring its international footprint up to 90%. In its maiden voyage, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has grossed $208M compared to its lower than expected domestic haul of $62.2M for the three day and $76.6M for the holiday. And, internationally, it really had the weekend to itself so its booty ended up… Read

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How ‘Pirates’ & ‘Baywatch’ Are Casualties Of Summer Franchise Fatigue At The Domestic B.O. — Sunday AM

UPDATED, Sunday AM: Even though Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will bust into the top 25 global openings of all time with an estimated $275M by tomorrow, make no mistake: In the United States, this summer is on the verge of serious franchise fatigue, and this is only the beginning. Early signs of this crept up last weekend when 20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant charted below both its $40M tracking with a $36.1M opening but also its first… Read


‘The Fate Of The Furious’ Crosses $1B At Int’l Box Office – UPDATED Sun. AM

UPDATED, Sunday, 7:55 AM: As expected, Universal PicturesThe Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in this franchise that has spanned 16 years, took the brass ring with $1B overseas this weekend. And it’s no wonder as the film started off with a final $443.2M debut when it dropped in mid-April taking No. 1 spots in all markets where it opened. With a total of $542M worldwide that weekend, it had even bested Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ worldwide bow ($528.96M)… Read