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'Dangal' becomes China's biggest non-Hollywood foreign film

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:07:38 UT

BEIJING (AP) — The Aamir Khan film "Dangal," about an Indian man training his daughters to become wrestlers, has become China's biggest-grossing non-Hollywood foreign movie. Media and online commentary has said "Dangal," which is based on a true story, impressed audiences with its message of giving girls opportunities in a male-centric society, and has prompted discussions over how strict parents should or should not be when raising their children.



Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:56:51 UT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A tearful Rebel Wilson testified on Tuesday that a series of magazine articles published in Australia were a deliberate attack on her character and damaged her acting career. Wilson is suing Australian publisher Bauer Media for defamation over several articles published in 2015 that the Australian-born actress said led to her film contracts being terminated.



Zack Snyder exits 'Justice League' after daughter's death

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:27:07 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recent death of director Zack Snyder's daughter has driven the prominent filmmaker to step away from finishing the ensemble superhero movie "Justice League." A source close to production who was not authorized to speak publicly said Monday that director Joss Whedon would take over completing the film, which should still hit its Nov. 17 release. Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel and is serving as a producer on the additional films in the DC Universe, including last year's Suicide Squad and the upcoming Wonder Woman. "Justice League" is a critical entry in the slate of DC films, bringing together major superheroes like Ben Affleck's Batman, Henry Cavill's Superman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller's The Flash and Jason Momoa's Aquaman.



Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' follow-up set for 2019 release

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:42:27 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian turned filmmaker Jordan Peele is following up the remarkable success of "Get Out" with a provocative original thriller set for release in March 2019. Universal Pictures announced the release date for Peele's untitled film on Monday. Peele's buzzy directorial debut "Get Out" became a box office phenomenon this year grossing $229.6 million worldwide on a production budget of only $4.5 million. Universal Pictures distributed "Get Out" and has since set a first look deal with Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions.



Box office Top 20: 'Alien: Covenant' dethrones 'Guardians 2'

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:10:59 UT

Box office Top 20: 'Alien: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ridley Scott's space horror film Alien: Covenant scared reigning box office champ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 out of the No. 1 spot over the weekend — but just barely. Covenant, a sequel to 2012's Prometheus, opened with $36.2 million, pushing Guardians 2 to second place with $34.7 million in its third weekend in theaters. The teenage romance "Everything, Everything," meanwhile, bowed in third place with $11.7 million. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall, Sony Pictures Classics, $565,664, 373 locations, $1,517 average, $2,273,140, six weeks. "The Circle," STX Entertainment, $451,218, 647 locations, $697 average, $20,030,002, four weeks. Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.



Review: Fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' flick fights bloat

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:36:31 UT

The opening scene of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the only things aboard are cranky old ghosts. Dead Men Tell No Tales — lumbers into theaters this summer high on CGI tricks but with a hopelessly muddled plot and recurring characters basically running on fumes. Newcomers include Golshifteh Farahani as a pretty cool, punky witch, and Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites, who play young star-crossed lovers with serious daddy issues, adding vitality and maybe future franchise possibilities. Directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning have been given the keys to the kingdom and they've thrown everything at it — a half-dozen big sea battles, a shotgun wedding, a joint execution, underwater sword fights and even a Beatle. [...] it's also about Bardem and his ghost crew busting out of the Devil's Triangle to hunt pirates, as well as Barbossa protecting his pirate empire, and the two young lovers fulfilling their destinies. The story writers — Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio — have not only overstuffed the script, they've dumbed everything down (they think "horology" is a hysterically dirty word) and there's hardly a quiet moment in the entire two-hour movie. Dead Men Tell No Tales, a Walt Disney Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some suggestive content and adventure violence.



Bill Condon will direct 2019 'Bride of Frankenstein' remake

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:53:08 UT

First up in the Dark Universe series is this summer's "The Mummy" reboot, starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe, which debuts in theaters on June 9.



With 4 projects at Cannes, Kidman is open to 'bold' material

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:01:25 UT

CANNES, France (AP) — Unveiling a new chapter in her already-considerable career, Nicole Kidman has brought four projects to Cannes this year, making her almost ubiquitous at the French Riviera festival. [...] to come is Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled," a female-perspective remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood film, and the second season of Jane Campion's acclaimed series "Top of the Lake," in which she plays a character she's described as a "radical feminist lesbian." Kidman's omnipresence at the festival - along with her typically royal poise on the red carpet - has earned her the nickname "Queen of Cannes." [...] she did grant that the films, which follow her turn on the HBO miniseries "Big Little Lies" and her Oscar-nominated performance in "Lion," are the all the result of her resolution to "stay bold and open" to challenging material. Both cheers and boos followed its morning screening, though critics largely praised Lanthimos' allegorical horror.



Rebel Wilson's defamation trial against publisher begins

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:00:36 UT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rebel Wilson was devastated by a series of magazine articles that she says painted her as a liar and subsequently cost her roles in Hollywood, a lawyer for the actress said Monday. Wilson is suing Australian publisher Bauer Media for defamation over several articles published in 2015 that the Australian-born actress said led to her film contracts being terminated. [...] Schoff said, Wilson attended an elite private boarding school.



With Bong leading the way, Gyllenhaal goes big in 'Okja'

Sun, 21 May 2017 19:56:11 UT

CANNES, France (AP) — Jake Gyllenhaal says he was motivated by one goal above all others while shooting the fantasy "Okja": making his Korean director giggle. "Okja" is a disturbing kind of fable in which a young girl (An Seo Hyun) has raised a massive, genetically modified pig named Okja. Ten years on, the New York conglomerate that manufactured the animal comes to the remote South Korean mountains to retrieve its invention, one intended to provide a new profitable source of genetically modified food. Gyllenhaal, in a performance that will rank alongside any of the actor's previous extremes, plays a television zoologist working on behalf of the company (which is run by a pair of sisters, both played by Tilda Swinton.) He's a high-strung cocktail of neuroses in cargo shorts. Recalling his direction to Gyllenhaal for a scene in which he wheezes heavily in a breathless high-pitch after climbing a mountain, Bong cringes a little. Though Gyllenhaal (Zodiac, ''Donnie Darko) has carved out a career playing characters with compulsions and manias, he's a little sheepish about the theatricality of his zoologist, Johnny Wilcox.



Clint Eastwood tells Cannes he might act again some day

Sun, 21 May 2017 19:47:21 UT

CANNES, France (AP) — Clint Eastwood regaled the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday with stories from his long career, predicted a possible return to acting and decried the rise of political correctness. Eastwood didn't talk about current political events, but while discussing his then-controversial 1971 film "Dirty Harry," he waded into a topic he's touched on before: so-called political correctness. Sofia Coppola's remake of Don Siegel's 1971 film "The Beguiled," which starred Eastwood, is to premiere this week in Cannes, but Eastwood sounded unfamiliar with Coppola's movie. Much of the conversation, moderated by Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan, touched on Eastwood's attitudes about moviemaking.



'Alien: Covenant' edges 'Guardians' at weekend box office

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:19:36 UT

Covenant' edges 'Guardians' at weekend box office Covenant edged out Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 in a weekend space battle at the box office. Ridley Scott's latest "Alien" exploit opened with $36 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Covenant is a dark, R-rated scare-fest about slimy, parasitic space monsters; Disney's Guardians is a sweet, family-centered romp across the cosmos. Warner Bros.' teen romance Everything, Everything debuted in third place with $12 million, and Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: "Snatched," Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's R-rated comedy from Fox, fell to fourth place in its second week of release with $7.6 million. "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" provided a solid launch to the summer movie season with more than $300 million in domestic ticket sales so far, Dergarabedian said, though overall grosses are running about 10 percent behind last summer's totals. Marvel movies kick off the month, which ends with Memorial Day tent poles like next weekend's Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore: Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.



Adam Sandler earns raves at Cannes Film Fest (yes, really)

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:44:34 UT

[...] that was the case Sunday when Noah Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)," starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, premiered at the French Riviera festival. When the film's cast, which also includes Emma Thompson, assembled for a press conference, the moderator noted this was the second film that Sandler and Stiller have made together after that classic 1996 comedy. [...] while Sandler is far from a Cannes regular, the comedian was the toast of the festival Sunday, earning some of the best reviews of his career for his performance as a recently divorced father and the unappreciated son of Hoffman's aging artist, the patriarch of a neurotic, dysfunctional New York family. "The Meyerowitz Stories" premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or — the festival's coveted top prize.




Alleged bomb scare briefly delays Cannes film screening

Sat, 20 May 2017 21:59:25 UT

Alleged bomb scare briefly delays Cannes film screening CANNES, France (AP) — A bomb scare has caused the Cannes Film Festival to briefly evacuate the Debussy theater before the first screening of director Michel Hazanavicius' movie "Redoubtable," a film in competition for the Palme d'Or prize.



Q&A: Todd Haynes on making complex cinema for kids

Sat, 20 May 2017 18:02:10 UT

"Depends on what kind of parent you are," Haynes chucked while sitting in a shady rooftop corner of the Cannes Film Festival's hub, the Palais. The '70s glam rock drama "Velvet Goldmine" might catch a young one's attention, but its surreal excesses certainly aren't PG. [...] there's his remarkable string of period melodramas: "Far From Heaven," the miniseries "Mildred Pierce" and his last film, the sumptuous, Oscar-nominated romance "Carol." [...] to maintain an almost stubborn respect for the ability of kids to deal with something this unique and strange and one-of-a-kind that also unabashedly looks back in time, and that really honors the complexity, the peculiarity, the uniqueness of their experience. [...] it does this kind of lovely paralleling with the theme of deafness, which I think speaks to a universal understanding that kids get — that they have limited abilities and they understand limits of perception and mobility and freedom. When I started to look at the script and I saw how much of a cinematic take he had brought to the structuring of it so that it was really an editorial experience. There's black-and-white, vibrant '70s color, long periods without dialogue, a dream sequence and a striking section told with miniatures that recalls the dolls of your Superstar: This movie, because of its theme of deafness, because of the silent film aspect, functions without dialogue for so much of the film that it's a purely cinematic experience. [...] it calls on a visual storytelling — certainly music and production design.