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May 20

Weekend Box Office: 'Deadpool 2' Topples 'Infinity War' With $125M U.S. Bow, $301M Globally

by Pamela McClintock

Superheroes continued to dominate the box office over the weekend as Ryan Reynolds and Fox's Deadpool 2 bowed to $125 million domestically and $301 million globally after scoring the biggest foreign debut ever for an R-rated title.

After falling off more than expected on Saturday, the sequel couldn't match the North American opening of the first Deadpool, which launched to $132.4 million in February 2016, the best showing in history for an R-rated title. Nevertheless, Deadpool 2 still scored the third-best domestic bow of the year to date behind fellow superhero tentpoles Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, as well as the No. 2 launch ever for an R-rated film. It is also Fox's second biggest weekend opening in history behind Deadpool.

Overseas, Deadpool 2 rocketed to $176 million from 81 markets, Fox's biggest opening of all time internationally - and that's without China, where the film doesn't yet have a release date. X-Men: Days of Future Past was the previous Fox champ ($174 million), while Fox's Logan had been the record holder for biggest foreign bow for an R-rated movie ($160 million).

Playing in a total of 4,349 theaters in North America - the widest release in Fox history - Deadpool 2 was frontloaded. It earned a massive $18.6 million in Thursday-evening previews, followed by $53 million on Friday, the top opening day for an R-rated pic. Like Deadpool, the sequel earned an A CinemaScore from audiences. The film skewed male (61 percent), while a pleasing 38 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25.
Infinity War came in No. 2 over the weekend, followed by Paramount's adult-skewing, female-fronted Book Club in third place with $12.5 million from 2,781 theaters, slightly ahead of expectations. An estimated 80 percent of ticket buyers were female, while nearly 90 percent of the audience was over 35 - including 60 percent over 50.

Directed by Bill Holderman, Book Club stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as four friends who decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey with unintended consequences. Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia and Don Johnson play the love interests.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 19

Cannes closing ceremony shaken up by #MeToo

The 71st Cannes Film Festival closing ceremony on May 19, 2018 with Asia Argento (left) and jury member Ava DuVernay on stage (image courtesy Stephane Mahe / Reuters)

by Manhola Dargis, The New York Times

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for his superb Shoplifters, about a family of thieves and throwaways living on the margins in Japan.

Kore-eda accepted the award, the festival’s highest honour, at the end of a sober event that was shaken up 30 minutes in when Italian director Asia Argento delivered a shattering rebuke to the festival and the movie industry from the stage.

"In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground," Argento said.

The fierce, unwavering Argento added that there were those in the auditorium who needed to be held accountable for their conduct toward women.

"You know who you are," she said, "but, most importantly, we know who you are, and we are not going to allow you to get away with it any longer."

The stunned audience responded with subdued applause. It was a powerful moment that came a week after 82 women - representing the small number of films by female directors that have competed in the festival over the years - rallied on the red carpet to denounce gender inequality in the industry.

Continue Reading at: The Toronto Star

May 18

Infinity War Passes Jurassic World as 4th Biggest Movie Worldwide

'Infinity War' now 4th highest grossing movie of all time having passed 'Jurassic World' (image courtesy Movieweb)

by Brian Gallagher

Marvel's blockbuster Infinity War has reached yet another box office milestone, passing the 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World to become the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time, worldwide. The Marvel Phase 3 superhero blockbuster's global take is now at $1.686 billion, passing the $1.671 billion earned by Jurassic World in 2015. The top three movies of all time have all passed the $2 billion plateau, and it seems possible Avengers: Infinity War might be able to do so as well, but whether or not it can keep moving up the charts remains to be seen.

As of now, Avengers: Infinity War has taken in $562.9 million domestic and $1.123 million internationally for a global total of $1.686 billion. The $562.9 million domestic tally, after just 20 days in theaters, currently stands as the eighth highest of all time, and it is currently well ahead of the pace set by Black Panther, which took in $516.6 million by its 20th day, so it wouldn't be surprising if it will ultimately pass Black Panther, which currently has the third-highest domestic total ever with $696.8 million. Avengers: Infinity War has earned roughly a half billion more than Black Panther at the international box office, and it could be just a matter of time before it passed $2 billion.

Avengers: Infinity War broke the all-time opening weekend record with a whopping $257.6 million, surpassing the $247.9 million record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015. It also broke Star Wars: The Force Awakens' record for the fastest movie to reach $1 billion, hitting that plateau in 11 days, a day faster than The Force Awakens' 12 days. However, barring some impressive longevity, which seems unlikely given that the crowded summer movie season is upon us, Avengers Infinity War will likely not come close to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' all-time domestic record of $936.6 million. While it may likely pass Black Panther and perhaps even reach $700 million, it likely won't pass the second highest grossing movie ever, Avatar ($760.5 million).

Continue Reading at: Movieweb

May 17

It: Chapter 2 adds adult Stanley and Eddie actors to cast

Pennywise is watching you! (image courtesy Rex Features)

by Jack Shepherd

Following the monumental success of last year's It, there's been a huge amount of Hollywood chatter regarding who will play the older versions of the Loser's Club members.

Already, we know Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader will play Beverly, Bill, and Richie, respectively. Variety reports that Andy Bean and James Ransone will take on the roles of Stanley and Eddie for the sequel.

Bean recently appeared in the now-cancelled HBO show Here and Now alongside Holly Hunter, while Ransone is best known for a role in second season of The Wire. Ransone announced the role on Twitter before quickly deleting the message.

The character Stanley – the shy son of a rabbi – was previously played by Wyatt Olef and the hypochondriac Eddie was portrayed by Jack Dylan Grazer. The two young actors, along with other members of Chapter One's cast, will reportedly return for flashback sequences.

Bill Skarsgard will return as Pennywise for the sequel, which will once again be directed by Andy Muschietti and penned by Gary Dauberman.

Continue Reading at: Independent UK

May 16

'Mission: Impossible' Trailer Shows Off Skydiving Stunt

by Aaron Couch

Tom Cruise is in a free fall in the latest trailer for Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

The sixth installment of the franchise includes a skydiving stunt that took 106 takes and pushed the limits, the Fallout revealed at CinemaCon last month.

"We had to decide how much we could do that is physically possible without killing Tom," said Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie.

The film also stars Henry Cavill as CIA agent August Walker, as well as Angela Bassett and returning franchise stars Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin.

Paramount releases Mission: Impossible - Fallout on July 27.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 15

Disgust, walkouts hit Lars von Trier's gruesome murder epic 'The House That Jack Built'

Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon in "The House That Jack Built" (image courtesy Zentropa-Christian Geisnaes)

by Andrea Mandell

Lars von Trier has never shied away from controversy, and his new film certainly delivered it: The House That Jack Built earned the highest level of ire and disgust seen at Cannes Film Festival this year.

In the gruesome film, which the Danish director has called his most violent film to date, Matt Dillon stars as Jack, a serial killer with more than 60 deaths to his name. Dillon's murderer relishes bloodshed and plots increasingly horrifying ways to inflict death. And while his character espouses equal interest in killing men and women, it's von Trier's female characters who are slaughtered with the most gusto.

"Will you sleep tonight?" the woman next to this reporter asked as credits rolled.

Neither Uma Thurman, who is murdered first in the flick, nor Riley Keough, whose stomach-churning death prompted more than a dozen walkouts from this reporter's vantage point, came to Cannes to promote the film or walk the red carpet. And unlike many other films here, von Trier won't be holding a news conference for his film.

Monday night's premiere marks von Trier's first trip back to Cannes since he debuted Melancholia in 2011. The director was banned in the following years after joking about “sympathizing with Hitler" (who is referenced in his latest work).

Continue Reading at: USA Today

May 14

'Deadpool 2' Marketing Blitz Bets on Too Much Being Just Enough

The Michelangelo-themed "Deadpool 2" poster; one of many creative posters released as humorous marketing (image courtesy Marvel)

by Chris Thilk

If ever there was a case of a movie sequel's marketing campaign needing to go even further and push more boundaries than the original film's, it's Deadpool 2.

Consider this: The first campaign kicked off more or less at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, with an early trailer shown in Hall H providing a glimpse of star Ryan Reynolds as The Merc With a Mouth, setting an underground, guerrilla tone that would continue throughout. From there on out the campaign was filled with dark humor, inside jokes, jabs at 20th Century Fox and lots more. Much of it was executed on Reynolds' own Twitter account, sending the message that this was a passion project of his that he was working hard to promote.

The campaign - from joke-filled trailers to posters featuring Deadpool in an ugly Christmas sweater to billboards that made it look like a romantic drama - was fun and innovative enough to not only get the audience's attention to the tune of $363 million in domestic box office but also win a Publicist's Award the following year.

But Deadpool 2 is not the scrappy underdog the original was. It's a sequel with a slightly bigger budget, an expanded roster of characters (including Josh Brolin as Cable) and all the expectations that come with it. In other words, it's no longer fighting for respectability, but instead looking to prove the first film wasn't a fluke. Here’s how it's campaign has done just that.

Click the Continue Reading at link to read about "Deadpool 2"'s marketing campaign.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 13

Weekend Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Devours 'Life of the Party,' 'Breaking In' With $62M

Mash-up of top three box office movies for this weekend, from left: 'Life of the Party,' 'Avengers: Infinity War,' 'Breaking In' (images courtesy Hopper Stoneofest / Photofest)

by Pamela McClintock

Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War finished its third weekend with $1.606 billion in global ticket sales after earning a huge $61.8 million in North America and launching in China to a near-record $200 million.

Infinity War's global haul includes $546.8 million domestically and $1.059 billion overseas. It's now the top-grossing supehero pic of all time at the worldwide box office after passing up The Avengers ($1.519 billion), as well as the No. 5 title of all time, not adjusted for inflation.

The movie's domestic weekend take of $61.8 million was the fourth-biggest gross for a film in its third weekend behind Black Panther ($66 million), Avatar ($68 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90 million) after racing past the first Avengers ($56M), not adjusted for inflation. Also, it hit $500 million in 15 days, the second-fastest of any pic behind Force Awakens (10 days).

Infinity War opened Friday in China, its final foreign market. Based on local currency, the mega-superhero mashup scored the second-biggest three-day debut of all time in the Middle Kingdom behind last year's The Fate of the Furious, according to Disney. Marvel and Disney have high hopes for the movie's prospects in China. Put another way - Infinity War is just days away from passing up the entire lifetime run of Avengers: Age to Ultron in China ($240.1 million).
New Line and Melissa McCarthy's comedy, Life of the Party, came in No. 2 with $18.5 million from 3,656 theaters. While the No. 2 comedy launch of the year so far behind Blockers ($20.6 million), Life of the Party nevertheless marks McCarthy's lowest start in recent years and it didn't match the $19.5 million opening of Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's Snatched over Mother's Day weekend last year.
Universal's Breaking In, a thriller produced by Will Packer, followed at No. 3 with $16.5 million from 2,532 cinemas. That's well behind the $24.3 million launch of Packer's thriller No Good Deed in 2014.

Breaking In stars Gabrielle Union as a woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her two children, who are being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. (Packer and Union also worked together on 2016's Almost Christmas, an ensemble comedy.)

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 12

At the 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' news conference, Ron Howard answers the one question on everyone's mind

by Tracy Brown

Sitting on stage with the cast and writers of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" for a news conference on Saturday, director Ron Howard was finally asked the one thing on everybody's mind.

How hard was it for him to find the perfect role for his brother Clint Howard once he took on the film?

"It was pretty damn easy," Howard said over the laughter that broke out among those gathered for the early-afternoon event at the Pasadena Convention Center.

But the seemingly innocent question also gave Howard the opportunity to address a different elephant in the room: How he came to be the director of "Solo" in the first place.

"Solo" made headlines last year when the film's original directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, were let go from their duties due to "creative differences" in June, months after principal photography had already begun. Just two days later it was announced that Howard had officially taken the reins of the standalone "Star Wars" movie.

"I did come into ['Solo'] late," Howard acknowledged. "It was a lot of work that Phil and Chris had done. And unfortunately, with creative differences, there was this circumstance where they were not going to carry on.

"Within [Lord and Miller's footage] there were a lot of things that were really strong and already worked and we knew we wanted to keep, and other things that hadn't been done yet," Howard continued. "And [there were] other scenes that I was given the opportunity to experiment with and explore."

"I sat down with [writers] Larry and Jon [Kasdan] and started talking about this and that. And there was this great scene with L3[-37] and it just sort of came up in conversation that L3 needed somebody to be pissed off at," added Howard, to explain how the role for his brother came into existence.

Continue Reading at: Los Angeles Times

May 11

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Premiere Soared With Millennium Falcon and 2 Landos

The new and old Lando Calrissians, Donald Glover (left) and Billy Dee Williams (images courtesy Getty)

by Mia Galuppo

The Millennium Falcon may be able to make the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs, but it was holding up traffic Thursday night on Hollywood Blvd. for the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Attendees walked under the Falcon to get onto the carpet, where they were greeted by an Instagram-worthy Solo cup statue - a thing of product placement dreams - before heading into the Dolby Theatre for the screening of the latest Star Wars movie.

"It was crazy, but as a kid you pretend you were on that ship for such a long time that it feels very familiar in a way," said Solo star Alden Ehrenreich of stepping into the Falcon for the first time.

Director Ron Howard's Solo follows a young Han Solo (Ehrenreich) as he runs around the galaxy becoming the smuggler that audiences know and love from A New Hope. Ehrenreich stars as the young pilot opposite Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, with Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Paul Bettany playing roles created for the film.

The first star to come down the carpet was Chewbacca, making several passes for the photogs. He was followed by Solo stars Bettany, Clarke and their co-star Thandie Newton, who all stopped to pose for photos with fans decked out in their best Han, Leia, Luke, Lando and Chewey costumes.

Star Wars alums showed up for the debut of the second franchise standalone, including Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew and Ewan McGregor. Noticeably absent from the premiere was the original Han, Harrison Ford, but Lando actor Billie Dee Williams walked the red carpet and chatted with Glover (both in red blazers).

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

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