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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sets Sail With $40 Million Worldwide

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Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” set sail with $40 million worldwide during its first two days in theaters, with first-place openings in every market.

The $40 million figure does not include Friday’s earnings from China, where Disney is estimating a first-day total of $20 million.

The sequel grossed $5.5 million from Thursday night previews in the U.S., expanding to 4,276 locations on Friday. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” also generated the best 2017 first-day earnings in Germany, Austria, France, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Plunders $5.5 Million on Thursday Night

It opened Thursday in Germany with a 60% market share on its Ascension Day holiday. “Pirates” saw a 59% market share in the U.K. The film earned $4 million on its opening day in Russia, the fifth-highest first day for any movie. The pic earned $3.6 million in Germany and $900,000 in the U. »


- Dave McNary

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Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Sets Release Date

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Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” will hit theaters on Oct. 20, Lionsgate announced Thursday.

Written and directed by Perry, the comedy will star himself, Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely. The film follows Madea and the gang as they venture to a haunted campground and they must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.

Boo! A Madea Halloween” earned $28.5 million its opening weekend last October and went on to gross $73 million domestically. It also starred Bella Thorne.

The other “Madea” films. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Did Pedro Almodóvar Sign On to Direct a Netflix Series? — Report

7 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Pedro Almodóvar may have closed a deal to direct a television series for Netflix, Fotogramas reports. The project would be Almodóvar’s first experience directing a television series, though the filmmaker told Fotogramas he has previously been approached by several TV companies about projects for the small screen. No details about the project have been disclosed.

The news comes shortly after a short-lived controversy involving Almodovar and Netflix erupted at the Cannes Film Festival, where Almodovar presided over the jury. At the festival’s opening press conference, parts of a statement Almodovar gave in Spanish were lost in translation, leading some to believe that the filmmaker would not consider the two Netflix films (Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja”) for the Palme d’Or because they would not be screening in theaters in France.

“There’s nothing worse than being misunderstood or poorly translated, »


- Graham Winfrey

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Jessica Chastain To Star And Produce ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’

7 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sadly, this isn’t news about “The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman,” a still-gestating musical from Guy Maddin with the music of theatrical ‘70s rockers Sparks. But hey, a project called “Seducing Ingmar Bergman” with Jessica Chastain is a pretty good runner-up.

The two-time Academy Award nominee and current Cannes Jury member will star and produce “Seducing Ingmar Bergman’ through her Freckle Films shingle.

Continue reading Jessica Chastain To Star And Produce ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’ at The Playlist. »


- Edward Davis

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‘Baywatch’ Catches Estimated $4.5M Surf, ‘Pirates’ Previews To Come — Box Office Friday AM

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Paramount PicturesBaywatch‘s first day on the beach earned an estimated $4.5M (which includes $1.25M from Wednesday’s previews), according to two industry estimates, as the Memorial Day weekend goes full swing tonight.

The R-rated feature based on the TV show which stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron, is now in 3,647 theaters. Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales took to the sea last night at 7 Pm in previews before it sets sail in 4,276… »


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Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Early Man’ to Be Released by Lionsgate in North America

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Aardman Studios’ upcoming prehistoric comedy adventure “Early Man,” starring Eddie Redmayne.

Directed by Nick Park from a script by Mark Burton and John O’Farrell, the stop-motion movie is co-financed by the U.K.’s Aardman and France’s Studiocanal. It’s a re-team of the companies following 2015’s “Shaun the Sheep.” Lionsgate also handled the domestic distribution for “Shaun the Sheep.”

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement during Thursday’s earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “Early Man” opens in the U.K. on Jan. 26 and in the U.S. on Feb. 16.

The film will be released by the Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the U.S.

Redmayne was the first cast member who boarded the toon, set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. »


- Dave McNary

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'Pirates 5' and 'Baywatch' Set Sail Over Memorial Day Weekend

25 May 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Memorial Day weekend brings two new wide releases to theaters in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Paramount's R-rated comedy Baywatch, the latter of which got a head start on the weekend holding preview screenings last night and arriving nationwide today. Neither are necessarily expected to blow the doors off with Pirates looking to finish well behind the last three films, especially Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which currently holds the Memorial Day opening weekend record of $139.8 million. Meanwhile there are a few questions as to just how high Baywatch will finish as Paramount really could use a win with this one as not one of their four releases this year has managed to hit $45 million domestically. At the top, while it isn't expected to top $100 million for the four day or even the $90.1 million Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides delivered »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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'Boss Baby 2' With Alec Baldwin to Hit Theaters in Spring 2021

22 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Alec Baldwin is reuniting with DreamWorks Animation to make The Boss Baby 2.

Universal and Dwa announced the news Thursday. The animated movie will hit theaters on March 26, 2021.

The Boss Baby, about a power-obsessed infant voiced by Baldwin, has been a sleeper hit at the global box office, earning $468.4 million to date. The North American haul is $167 million, while Boss Baby has earned $301.4 million overseas.

The film, opening in theaters on March 21 of this year, coincided with Baldwin's standout ongoing impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

The budding Boss »


- Pamela McClintock

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STX Wins Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ for US Distribution

22 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

STX is sitting pretty now that they’re in business with Amy Schumer.

The young mini-major acquired domestic distribution rights to the comedy out of Cannes. The title was repped by UTA Independent Film Group lead Rena Ronson. The package will begin shooting this July in Boston.

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, screenwriters of films like “Never Been Kissed” and “How to Be Single,” make their directorial debut here.

The announcement, made by STX Films Chairman Adam Fogelson and production head Sam Brown, also disclosed the »


- Matt Donnelly

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Carly Rae Jepsen Releases 'Leap' Track "Cut To The Feeling"

7 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Carly Rae Jepsen kicks the summer off with the release of her song “Cut To The Feeling” on Friday (May 26). The track was written during sessions for Jepsen’s last album, Emotion, but will now be featured on the motion picture soundtrack for the upcoming film Leap! coming to theaters Aug. 30.

The theatrical poppy ballad intertwines Jepsen’s signature '80s sound with exciting trills, breathy harmonies and a catchy hook. "I wanna cut through the clouds, break the ceiling/ I wanna dance on the roof, you and me alone/ I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah,” Jepsen sings on the chorus.

Leap! follows two friends on an adventure traveling to »


- Lauren Tom, Billboard

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Johnny Depp Catches a Break in Lawsuit Against Ex-Managers

36 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Johnny Depp is walking into the weekend with some good news — and we’re not talking about the reviews of his new movie. “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Depp caught a break in his lawsuit against his former managers on Friday, after a judge ruled that he could use testimony from a former employee of the management firm in an amended complaint. In a tentative order, a judge shot down The Management Group’s motion to seal allegations stemming from a deposition of the former employee, clearing the way for the actor to use the allegations in his case. Also Read: Pirate of. »


- Tim Kenneally and Pamela Chelin

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Can ‘Game of Thrones’ Beer Dull the Pain of Season 7 Delay? (Video)

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Normally by this point in May, we’d be almost halfway through the latest season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Sadly, because winter has finally arrived in Westeros, production on the show was delayed in 2016 to allow for filming during actual snowy weather. Which means, of course, that “Game of Thrones” Season 7 won’t air until mid-July. Like many of you, we’re pretty sad about having to wait longer than usual for our Seven Kingdoms fix and desperate to fill the void with something, anything. Fortunately, “anything” turned out to be “Bend the Knee Golden Ale,” the latest beer from. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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‘Property Wars’ Star Scott Menaged Indicted on Fraud Charges

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“Property Wars” alum Scott Menaged has a legal battle on his hands. Menaged, one of the stars of the former Discovery Channel show, has been indicted on 24 charges, according to legal papers obtained by TheWrap. The alleged fraud involved a string of furniture stores that, according to the indictment, were owned and operated by Menaged. Also Read: 'Deadliest Catch' Star Sig Hansen Arrested for Alleged Assault on Uber Driver According to the indictment, beginning in September 2015, Menaged and others “did voluntarily, intentionally, and knowingly conspire, combine,confederate and agree together, and with each other, and with other individuals, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Box Office: ‘Pirates’ Sailing to $75 Million, ‘Baywatch’ Can’t Make Memorial Day Waves

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will hook in $75 million during the four-day Memorial Day holiday, early estimates showed on Friday.

Should the number hold, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which will be playing at 4,276 North America locations, would wind up slightly below recent expectations of about $80 million. The pricey tentpole, with a $230 million budget, was heading for a $26 million opening day on Friday — including $5.5 million from Thursday night previews, when comScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak showed 44% of moviegoers rated the film “excellent” with another 37% labelling it “very good.”

Dwayne Johnson’s “Baywatch,” meanwhile, is struggling to make waves, coming in at the low end of projections. The film generated an estimated $4.5 million on Thursday, which includes $1.25 million from Wednesday night previews. Paramount’s R-rated action-comedy, which is opening in 3,647 North American locations, was expected to make between $32 million and $40 million during the five-day  period, »


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Cannes: Insas Student Valentina Maurel’s ‘Paul Is Here’ Wins Cannes Cinefondation

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Cannes — “Paul Is Here,” from Costa Rica’s Valentina Maurel, a student at Belgium’s Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion (Insas), snagged the First Jury Prize Friday at Cannes Cinefondation on Friday.

Crucially, the First Jury Prize guarantees Maurel presentation of her first feature at the Cannes Festival – a large leg-up when it comes to getting that film made.

The prize was awarded by a jury headed by Romanian 2007 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days”). Also on the jury: French actress Clotilde Hesme (“Chocolat”), Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari (“Chevalier”), “Moonlight’s” Barry Jenkins and pioneering Singaporean helmer Eric Khoo (“In the Room”).

“A study of a relationship in crisis, which has complications, which I hope will touch spectators,” Maurel said. her short turns on a girl whose life is turned upside down by the return of Paul. an old flame, »


- John Hopewell

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New Doc Explores Stephen King’s ‘It,’ Rash of Scary Clown Sightings

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Remember the scary clown epidemic last year? No? Well, there were so many creepy clown sightings in 2016 that there’s even a Wikipedia page dedicated to them, not to mention countless compilations featuring the terrifying encounters. Director Christopher Griffiths of documentaries “Robodoc” and “You’re so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night” is exploring the connection between the rash of scary clown sightings and Stephen King’s “It” in his latest endeavor. The documentary, “Pennywise: The Story of It,” is a deep dive into the creation of the novel and movie that followed. The filmmakers will also explore coulrophobia (the fear of clowns) and. »


- Ashley Boucher

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 9: Emmy voters can watch ‘Oh. My. Gaga!’ on Fyc website

1 hour ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The “Oh. My. Gaga!” episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 9 has been submitted as VH1’s paid entry on the TV academy’s Fyc website, Gold Derby has learned exclusively. While the Emmy site is updated frequently, as of this writing “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is one of only a handful of Best Reality-Competition Program contenders available for voters to watch on their laptops, […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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How Trump’s Attacks on the Media Turned Into Literal Attacks on the Media

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Katy Tur felt the crowd turn. As Donald Trump scolded the NBC reporter from the stage, calling her “little Katy” because he didn’t like her coverage, the Trump supporters around her began to feel “like a large animal, angry and unchained.” The Secret Service felt the tension too: Agents took the unusual step of escorting her to her car. The December 2015 speech in Mount Pleasant, N.Y. was just a preview of things to come. Since Trump’s election, the attacks on reporters have gotten physical. On Thursday, Republican Greg Gianforte won a Montana congressional election despite being charged »


- Susan Seager

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HanWay Films’ Gabrielle Stewart on What Independent Distributors Look for in Acquiring Films

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London-based sales and finance house HanWay Films, which was set up almost 20 years ago by Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas, and is aligned with Thomas’ production company Recorded Picture Company, is in Cannes with four films in the festival’s official selection, led by Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” Variety spoke to HanWay’s managing director, Gabrielle Stewart.

What sets HanWay apart from other film companies, and defines it?

It’s a big company that is privately owned, and has never, in all its history, gone through a year without profit. Its taste has very much been defined by the fact it is headed up by a very successful filmmaker, Jeremy Thomas, and it has always been known as a filmmaker-friendly company. We have always followed certain filmmakers’ work and been bold in our choices.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Celine Dion Sings New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Song Live For the First Time (Video)

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Celine Dion sang a new “Beauty and the Beast” song for the first time live, 26 years after she recorded the original theme song for the animated film. During her Wednesday performance at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Dion sang “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” one of the new songs from Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast.” Her rendition played through the end credits of the movie; Kevin Kline’s Maurice sings it in the film. “I was very fortunate to be a part of that magical movie, ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ And it was one of »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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