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‘Dope’ Red Band Trailer: Still Lives Up To Its Name

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In case you missed it the other day, prepare to have a much happier Memorial Day off. Sundance hit Dope has a new red band trailer. It’s similar to the previous trailer released in April, but with more details about the problem the film’s three young protagonists find themselves stuck with, and of course far more swearing, just so it’s clear this won’t be a PG-13 joint. Dope follows a trio of nerdy South Los Angeles high school students obsessed with the golden age of hip… Read

Director Cary Fukunaga No Longer With Stephen King’s ‘It’

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Cary Fukunaga has left his gig directing New Line’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It. New Line and the True Detective director are going their separate ways owing to conflicts over budget, derived at least in part from creative differences, sources say. This puts the production in an awkward place; shooting was scheduled to start in mid-June. To keep on track, the studio is going to have to find a new helmer soon. However, reports have it that the studio is… Read

New ‘When Marnie Was There,’ Holdover ‘Dreams’ Solid – Specialty B.O.

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As with the major movie box office this Memorial Day Weekend the specialty market was more sluggish than usual. GKIDS’ Japanese anime, When Marnie Was There, had the strongest showing with a $16,295 per theater average from a pair of locations in New York and L.A. Samuel Goldwyn’s The Farewell Party and Sony Pictures Classics’ Aloft grossed weaker numbers. One standout title over the holiday is Bleecker Street’s I’ll See You In My Dreams, which held solid after a small… Read

No Heat At Memorial Day B.O.: ‘Tomorrowland’s Rocket Runs Outta Gas With $41.7M Bow – Monday Update

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5th Update Monday 8:15 AM after 4th UPDATE Sunday: Story contains estimated B.O. as of Monday. Seriously people, it was an awful Memorial Day weekend.  Rentrak is now reporting the FSS total ticket sales at $154M and FSSM at $192M. Though that’s the 12th highest Memorial day weekend in the books (on 3-day basis), it’s not that far from 2010.  And that was an atrocious Memorial Day weekend: Warner Bros. stumbled out with Sex and the City 2 ($31M) and Disney had Jerry… Read

‘Tomorrowland’ Bows Overseas With $27.5M, ‘Ultron’ Dominates With $46.4M, ‘Mad Max’ Adds $38.2M, ‘Spy’ Nabs $12.5M

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Updated with latest Disney figures, Monday 8:05 a.m. Walt Disney's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland came in first among new releases overseas with a $27.5M from 65 territories representing roughly 56% of the international marketplace. Combined with its North American 3-day tally of $32.97M that brings the Brad Bird-directed movie to a global debut total of $60.47M. Tomorrowland‘s overseas figure couldn’t compete against returning favorite Avengers: Age Of Ultron which… Read

First Six ‘Star Wars’ Pix To Play Shanghai International Film Fest

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The 18th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) Organizing Committee and Walt Disney Pictures today announced that all six Star Wars films will screen at the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival. The intention is to whet the appetite of Chinese moviegoers for the JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18. SIFF runs June 13-21. So that means Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars Epis… Read

Cannes Winners: The French Did Well, The Italians Didn’t – But Who’s Complaining After Cinema’s World Cup?

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During the past week in Cannes people kept asking me, ‘so who is going to win the Palme d’Or?’ I long ago gave up trying to play that guessing game. Juries do their own thing and they’re often unpredictable. But no one was predicting French director Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, about a created family of Sri Lankan  immigrants trading one war for another when they come to start a new life in France. Audiard previously won the Grand Prize here for A Prophet, and a screenplay… Read

Anne Meara Dies; Actress, Comedian Of Stiller Family Was 85

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Actress and comedian Anne Meara died Saturday from natural causes, her family confirmed today. The Emmy and Tony nominated wife of Jerry Stiller, and mother to Ben Stiller, was 85. In a statement released to the Associated Press, the family described Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” “The two were married for 61 years,” the statement said, “and worked together almost as long,” Born in Brooklyn in 1929, Meara was raised Roman Catholic, but converted… Read

Cannes: Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ Wins Palme D’Or At Emotional, Musical Ceremony – Update

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UPDATE, 12:30 PM PT: Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, a drama about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and works as a caretaker outside Paris, scooped the Palme d’Or this evening. The win for Audiard, an acclaimed French filmmaker who has previously taken the Grand Prize for 2009’s A Prophet and the Screenplay honor for 1996’s Un Héro Très Discret, was nevertheless a bit of a surprise. In his acceptance, sans trademark porkpie hat, the helmer thanked his… Read

Mathematician John Nash, Subject Of ‘A Beautiful Mind’, Dies In Car Crash

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Nobel prize-winning mathematician John F. Nash Jr., subject of Ron Howard’s Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, was killed Saturday in a car crash in New Jersey along with his wife, Alicia. Nash was 86. The couple had just returned to the US from Norway, where Nash was awarded the Abel Prize by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The driver of their taxi lost control of the vehicle during an attempt to pass another car, hitting the guard rail and a third… Read

Bart & Fleming: Girl Power Pics, Cate Blanchett, Melissa McCarthy, Suzanne Somers And Disney Self-Absorption

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. BART: Talk about culture clash: You just got back from Cannes, Mike, where attention is focused on Carol and Cate (Carol is the movie about lesbian love and Cate is its star) and I am in Las Vegas, where people are trying to figure out what happened to all the gamblers (gaming now accounts… Read

Aishwarya Rai On Return To Film With ‘Jazbaa’ Helmer Sanjay Gupta – Video

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is returning to the big screen after a five-year hiatus with Jazbaa, a Sanjay Gupta-directed action drama about an attorney forced to defend an unsavory criminal after her daughter is kidnapped. Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World, The Lunchbox) co-stars as a suspended cop. Rai Bachchan and Gupta were in Cannes this past week to screen a promo reel for international distributors. I sat down with each of them to discuss Jazbaa and the current state of Bollywo… Read