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The Greatest Directors: The New Breed

Here is our final group of directors whom we have categorized as The New Breed, the ones we have watched in recent years and will continue to over many years to come.

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Apr 21

Box Office: 'The Curse of La Llorona' Tops Terrifyingly Slow Easter With $26.5M

A scene from the current Box Office champ "The Curse of La Llorona" (image courtesy Warner Bros.)
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by Pamela McClintock

In another win for the horror genre, The Curse of La Llorona opened ahead of expectations at the domestic box office, scaring up $26.5 million to easily win the weekend.

The bad news: The R-rated pic couldn't rescue the domestic box office from the worst Easter in 14 years as Hollywood studios held back releasing their bigger event pics because of Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Endgame, which is set to hit theaters Friday. Revenue came in at an estimated $110 million to $112 million, the lowest since 2005 ($99 million).

La Llorona also topped a slow weekend overseas, taking in $30 million from 71 markets for a global bow of $56.4 million.

Made by New Line for a modest $9 million and produced by Conjuring mastermind James Wan, The Curse of La Llorona is based on a spooky Latin-American supernatural tale about a vengeful ghost who tries to steal kids. Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velasquez star in the pic, which was helmed by Michael Chaves in his feature directorial debut.
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It was a good weekend for New Line and parent company Warner Bros., which also claimed the No. 2 with holdover Shazam! The kid-friendly superhero pic saw a nice bump over the holiday weekend, falling less than 30 percent in its third outing to $17.3 million for a domestic total of $121.3 million.

Overseas, Shazam! earned another $22 million as it topped the $200 million mark internationally and $300 million globally for a worldwide tally of $322.8 million.

The faith-based film Breakthrough, the first Fox title released by new owner Disney, came in third with $11.1 million for a five-day debut of $14.6 million after opening on Wednesday. The movie's early foreign total is $5.9 million - including $3.8 million from Brazil - for a global tally of $20.5 million.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 19

Cannes Director on 2019 Lineup, Netflix, and Absence of 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Scene from "The Dead Don't Die" (image courtesy Focus Features / Universal Pictures)
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by Helen Barlow

Before the Cannes Film Festival announcements this morning we knew that Jim Jarmusch's horror comedy The Dead Don't Die would open the festival and that the Elton John biopic Rocketman would be part of the programme. There were doubts whether Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would be ready, and likewise James Gray's sci-fi pic Ad Astra. Both are not ready says Cannes director Thierry Fremaux, though he has seen "most of" Tarantino's film and wishes it the best.

"It's a pity. The film was prematurely announced and all the media were running after the story giving a lot appetite for his ninth movie. We hoped we would have good news that the film would be present but they didn't make the selection deadline. He works in 35mm so the post-production is longer and he is still in the editing room. So I'm wishing him to do a good movie and what I've seen is fantastic. Taking time to make a good movie is what's important."

How Ad Astra could be unfinished given it's May release date is anyone's guess.

"Observers thought it would be ready but that is not the case," Fremaux says. He did note that new additions could be made to the programme but these two movies have virtually been ruled out. Also not ready is last year's Palme d'Or winner Hirokazu
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As for the Netflix, Fremaux said the Festival was encouraged by Steven Spielberg, Jean-Luc Godard and theatre owners to continue with their policy of not welcoming Netflix films into the competition if they will not screen their films in French theatres. Though he notes how the streaming giant had no films ready this year in any case. Cannes President Pierre Lescure says Netflix is facing stiff competition from Amazon and other emerging streaming services citing Apple and Disney. "There is an evolution of new players on the block... Everything will change in the four or five years to come."

Continue Reading at: Collider

Apr 18

John Cena Eyed for 'Suicide Squad' Sequel

John Cena at the premiere for "Bumblebee" (image courtesy Rex / Shutterstock)
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by Justin Kroll

The time may be now for John Cena to join the "Suicide Squad" sequel.

Sources tell Variety that Cena is in talks to join Idris Elba and Margot Robbie in Warner Bros.' follow-up to 2016's "Suicide Squad."

Robbie is returning as Harley Quinn and Jai Courtney is back as Captain Boomerang. Variety first reported that the studio decided to have Elba play a brand-new character instead of taking on Deadshot, a character portrayed by Will Smith in the first film. It's currently unknown who Cena and Elba will be playing.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

James Gunn will write and direct the movie, which is expected to go into production this fall. The tentpole hits theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.

The original "Suicide Squad" - starring Smith, Robbie and Jared Leto - became a massive box office sensation when it hit theaters in 2016, grossing $746.8 million worldwide.

The film will mark Cena's first comic-book role. Cena made his foray into acting after years as one of the top WWE stars. Cena's most recent big-screen roles include Universal's "Blockers," alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz. He followed that up with the "Transformers" spinoff "Bumblebee" with Hailee Steinfeld.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Apr 16

'Avengers: Endgame' comes out in a week - here's the final trailer

by Katie Scott

Marvel released the final trailer for Avengers: Endgame 10 days out from the release of the movie.

During the trailer's opening, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) calls heroes "an old-fashioned notion."

The final trailer for the highly anticipated Marvel movie summarizes the 21 movies that have led up to the final film. From Iron Man all the way to Infinity War, the trailer features decades of superheroes and super villains.

Ahead of the film's release, many spoiler-heavy videos, screenshots, and info have been reportedly circulating online.

According to a CNBC report, Avengers: Endgame screenshots, GIFs, short clips, and detailed posts have recently surfaced on Twitter and Reddit.

Gizmodo reported that the leaked version of Avengers: Endgame is subtitled in Arabic and "appears to have been recorded during a screening of the film judging from the theatre seats visible in the frame."

Many fans of the Avengers series took to Twitter to ask others to keep the spoilers to themselves once the news circulated online.

Skip the leaked material and watch the final official trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Global News

Apr 14

Box Office: 'Shazam!' Earns $25M to Stay No. 1; 'Hellboy' Goes Up in Flames With $12M

by Pamela McClintock

New Line and DC's Shazam! easily stayed No. 1 in its second outing, earning $25.1 million from 4,306 theaters and sending rival superhero pic Hellboy up in flames.

Shazam! fell a respectable 53 percent, underscoring its appeal among kids and families. The pic's 10-day domestic tally stands at $94.9 million. Overseas, it also topped the chart with $35.9 million for $258.8 million globally. China led internationally with $40.4 million, followed by the U.K. ($11.7 million) and Mexico ($10.1 million).

Universal's Little - the new body-swapping comedy starring Regina Hall, Marsai Martin and Issa Rae - likewise trounced Hellboy with $15.5 million from 2,667 locations for a second-place finish.

Hellboy, following in third place, took in $12 million from 3,303 theaters after getting skewered by critics and earning a C CinemaScore from audiences. The R-rated remake had been expected to clear $16 million to $21 million. Millennium financed the pic, with Lionsgate acquiring distribution rights in the U.S. and the U.K. and paying for marketing.

Overseas, Hellboy also failed to catch fire, earning $10.1 million from 41 markets.

The $50 million movie, directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones), opened notably behind the first two installments in the series, which were both helmed by Guillermo del Toro. In 2004, the original Hellboy debuted to $23.2 million, while Hellboy II: The Golden Army took in $34.5 million, not adjusted for inflation. Both films starred Ron Perlman.

This time out, David Harbour (Stranger Things) stars as the titular figure. Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Thomas Haden Church co-star. The male-skewing reboot skewed older, with 63 percent of ticket buyers over the age of 25.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 13

This is what Disney's huge new streaming service will look like

Image of Disney+'s upcoming streaming service (courtesy Robert Iger / Twitter)
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by Tyler Jadah

The Walt Disney company has its sights set on the subscription streaming industry and it looks like the iconic entertainment brand, as it's known to do, is going to take over.

Disney+ will offer fans of all ages a new way to experience the company's unparalleled content from their wide variety of brands, which include Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, all of which can be connected to your TV and mobile devices.

In a Twitter thread, Disney revealed details and content offerings of its new service, which included access to every Star Wars movie, a slew of Marvel Cinematic Universe-related TV shows and an extensive movie library containing classics like Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland.
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Disney+ will launch in the US market on November 12, 2019 (for $6.99 a month), and in its first year it will release more than 25 original series and 10 original films, according to the company.

Though no date has been officially announced for Canada, Disney+ will launch in "every major region of the world" over the next two years.

Continue Reading at: Daily Hive

Apr 12

'Star Wars Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker' trailer: The spotlight is on Rey

by Chris Jancelewicz

Did you feel the reawakening of the Force?

On Friday, Disney dropped the first trailer for the last installment in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode IX, titled The Rise of Skywalker. The first movie, Star Wars: A New Hope, was released in 1977, and now, more than 40 years later, the series will finally come to a close.

The trailer shows Rey (Daisy Ridley) standing alone in the desert, with the voice of Luke Skywalker consoling her (about what, we don't know yet). There's a lot of action, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) appearing to drive the Millennium Falcon and what looks like the remnants of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi decaying in an ocean.

The trailer ends with the haunting laugh of Emperor Palpatine.

At the Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago, Star Wars director J.J. Abrams revealed that Rey, Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) won't be separated in this film, and the focus will be on the trio. The events in Episode IX reportedly take place approximately one year after the events of The Last Jedi.

See the teaser trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Global News

Apr 10

Cannes Opener: Jim Jarmusch's Zombie Movie 'The Dead Don't Die', Starring Bill Murray, To Kick Off Festival

by Andreas Wiseman

The Cannes Film Festival is set to open with some blood and gore this year. Jim Jarmusch's zombie movie The Dead Don't Die, starring Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton, will kick proceedings off on May 14, we have confirmed.

The comedy-horror backed by Focus unfolds in the peaceful town of Centerville which finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Jarmusch also wrote the script for the dark comedy, which will also play in competition at the festival. Pic will open in theaters in France on the same day as its Cannes screening, with Focus releasing it stateside one month later on June 14.

Cast also includes Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Rosie Perez, Danny Glover, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, and Caleb Landry Jones. Focus dropped a trailer for the movie a couple of weeks back. Looks like a fun fest opener.

Watch that trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Deadline

Apr 8

Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista's Stuber Trailer Has a Way Higher Body Count Than Most Ride-Shares

by Halle Kiefer

The image of a police officer commandeering your vehicle to pursue an outlandish supervillain is a well-explored concept in cinema. In the film’s first trailer, Kumanil Nanjiani and Dave Bautista's action-comedy Stuber instead explores what would happen if that same officer entrusted you with a gun, provoked you to anger and put your life at risk countless times in the span of an evening. Oh, also, in this scenario, your name is Stu. Let's hope the film's big reveal is just that Dave Bautista's character never learned to drive. Co-starring Natalie Morales, Mira Sorvino, and Karen Gillan, Stuber hits theaters on July 12.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Vulture

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