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'Men in Black' & 'Shaft' Become Latest Summer Sequels to Disappoint

'Men in Black' & 'Shaft' Become Latest Summer Sequels to Disappoint
It was another disappointing weekend for a pair of new sequels as both Sony's Men in Black International and WB's Shaft were both unable to reach even the slimmest of studio expectations heading into the weekend.

The weekend is down significantly compared to last year when Incredibles 2 bowed with a record-shattering $182.6 million opening and next weekend will turn to Pixar once again, looking to Toy Story 4 to turn the tide.

Sony's release of Men in Black International debuted with a disappointing $28.5 million from 4,224 locations. By comparison, this is the lowest opening in the franchise by over $20 million as all three of the previous installments opened with over $51 million.

The $110 million production joins a slew of recently released sequels to not only under-perform based on pre-weekend expectations, but severely under-performing based on previous films in the franchise. Entering the weekend the film received mostly negative reviews and
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Plans for an abandoned 'X-Men Beast' spin-off movie revealed

Plans for an abandoned 'X-Men Beast' spin-off movie revealed
With the final instalment of the X-Men franchise currently breaking the wrong kind of box-office records – X-Men: Dark Phoenix is reportedly on course to suffer a whopping -73% decline in its sophomore frame at the domestic box-office – plans for a Nicholas Hoult-headlined Beast spin-off movie have been revealed by The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the report, John Ottman, who worked on the franchise’s most successful entries – X2 and Days of Future Past – had written a script along with his assistant, Byron Burton, which was set in the 80s, and featured characters such as Professor X and Wolverine.

Burton revealed the film would see Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) struggling to maintain the beast within during the fallout from Days of Future Past, and would ultimately work as a film in which they’d introduce X-Men villain, Mr. Sinister, who’d been manipulating the events of the movie.

He said
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‘Bond 25’ Official Photo Shows Injured Daniel Craig Preparing to Return to Spy Thriller

‘Bond 25’ Official Photo Shows Injured Daniel Craig Preparing to Return to Spy Thriller
Looks like James Bond is nearly ready to get back into the spy action. In a newly posted photo on James Bond’s official Twitter page, franchise star Daniel Craig is pictured working out, even as his injured left ankle continues to heal up in a walking cast.

The caption, however, does hint that Craig is nearly ready to get back to shooting the Cary Fukunaga-directed Bond 25 soon, adding that he’s “prepping for shooting next week.”

For a production that’s been waylaid by two different accidents in less than a month, it’s finally a piece of good news. In May, Craig suffered an injury on the set of the film that led to the announcement that he would be undergoing minor ankle surgery, though production on the film continued as Craig underwent said surgery and underwent two additional weeks of rehabilitation.

Craig’s accident was only the first to hit the production.
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‘In the Heights’: Musical Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Film Version in Small Role

‘In the Heights’: Musical Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Film Version in Small Role
Powerhouse Lin-Manuel Miranda may not be returning to play the role he originated in his Broadway hit and Tony winner “In the Heights,” but he will be taking on a small role in director Jon M. Chu’s big screen treatment of the early aughts musical. On Friday, Miranda tweeted that he will be taking on the part of Piragüero, also known as “Piragua Guy,” in the upcoming film version of his first musical hit.

Piragüero is the owner of a piragua (a Puerto Rican shaved ice dessert) stand, and is trying to literally “scrap by” even when faced by the encroachment of heavy-hitter ice cream behemoth Mister Softee. When the show opened on Broadway in 2008, Miranda — who created the show and wrote its music and lyrics — played the lead role and narrator, Usnavi de la Vega, who will be played by Anthony Ramos in the film version.

The New
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‘Frozen II’ Plot Details Revealed as New Footage Debuts at Annecy

‘Frozen II’ Plot Details Revealed as New Footage Debuts at Annecy
While Frozen fans will have to be satisfied with the recent Frozen II trailer for the time being, lucky attendees of this year's Annecy International Animated Film Festival got an extra sneak peek at the highly anticipated sequel arriving this fall. Disney debuted the film's first footage and a look at key artwork, courtesy of head of animation Becky Bresee and head of effects Marlon West. The team also revealed that the story picks up three years after the ending of the first film, along with additional plot details. Though Frozen II is set to arrive in theaters …
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Franco Zeffirelli, Oscar-Nominated Director for 'Romeo and Juliet,' Dies at 96

Franco Zeffirelli, Oscar-Nominated Director for 'Romeo and Juliet,' Dies at 96
Franco Zeffirelli, whose opulent set designs and sweeping directorial style bolstered operatic films, religious epics and Shakespearean love stories, has died. He was 96.

The Italian legend, who was nominated for an Academy Award for directing his innovative version of Romeo and Juliet (1968), died Saturday at his residence in Rome "without suffering," his son Pippo told The Hollywood Reporter. 

Romeo and Juliet, which starred then-unknown teenagers Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, also received a best picture nomination and garnered Academy Awards for cinematography and costume design, indicative of Zeffirelli's visual emphasis (he also penned the screenplay).

The ...
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‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Simon Kinberg on Film’s Failures: ‘It Didn’t Connect Enough With Audiences’

‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Simon Kinberg on Film’s Failures: ‘It Didn’t Connect Enough With Audiences’
Simon Kinberg isn’t burying his head in the sand. After debuting his feature filmmaking debut, the critically savaged and drastically underperforming “Dark Phoenix” last week, Kinberg popped up on KCRW’s “The Business” (via EW) to open up about his perceived failures on the X-Men feature.

“It clearly is a movie that didn’t connect with audiences that didn’t see it, it didn’t connect enough with audiences that did see it. So that’s on me,” Kinberg said.

The film debuted last weekend during the crush of the summer movie-going season, where it pulled in only $33 million in domestic dollars, a far cry from the receipts of recent X-Men features like “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Logan.” With an estimated $200 million production cost (and that’s before marketing) and uninspiring foreign numbers, the film will likely go down as the franchise’s biggest bust ever.

And that’s to
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‘My Hero Academia’ Season 4 Trailer Reveals Release Date as Heroes & Villains Battle

Big news for My Hero Academia fans today: The first trailer for Season 4 of the fan-favorite, action-packed anime series is here! With it comes news of the fourth season's release date this fall, as revealed by the show's website, so mark your calendars for October 12th. FUNimation will stream the new season as it airs in Japan, but they'll also be debuting the Season 4 premiere at Anime Expo 2019 this July 6th. But wait, there's more! This season, Shinichiro Miki will join the series as Sir Nighteye, "All Might's former sidekick …
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Weekend Box Office: ‘Men in Black: International’ Outpaces Modest Expectations for #1 Spot

Exceeding expectations by a bit, Sony/Columbia's Men in Black: International easily took the top spot at the domestic box office in its weekend debut. The fourth film in the sci-fi/action/comedy franchise was projected as tallying $26+ million and it wound up topping $28 million. That's little consolation for what was intended to be a summer blockbuster. On the international front, where you'd think MiB:I would do a little better, the film took in $74.7 million and debuted at #1 in roughly two-thirds of the movie's markets. Co-stars Chris …
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China, Russia, UK, dismal North America help ‘Men In Black: International’ to $102.2m global launch

Aladdin adds $47.5m in fourth weekend to reach impressive $461.4m.

Men In Black: International arrived on an estimated $102.2m worldwide at the weekend, earning a reasonable $73.7m internationally to rank number one in 36 of 56 markets including China, Russia, Australia, and France.

The sci-fi action comedy is locked in a tussle with Aladdin for first place in the UK. Sony sources claim their film debuted on $3.4m, while Disney executives are calling a $3.42m session for Aladdin, which overall grossed $47.5m to reach $462.4m internationally.

Disney-Fox’s ailing Dark Phoenix crossed $150m worldwide, and Warner Bros’ Godzilla II: King Of
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This Week In Trailers: Avengers of Justice, The Cure – Anniversary 1978-2018, Danny’s House, Chasing Perfect, Hush

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: Lena Headey Admits She Wanted a Better Ending for Queen Cersei

‘Game of Thrones’: Lena Headey Admits She Wanted a Better Ending for Queen Cersei
[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8.]

When HBO’s seminal fantasy series “Game of Thrones” wrapped up its truncated final season last month, the show inevitably ended with a slew of deaths for some of its signature characters, including Lena Headey’s embattled Queen Cersei, who ended her eight-season run in tragic fashion.

Despite making a last minute attempt to escape King’s Landing, suddenly turned into a flamed-out battleground after years of threats, Headey’s Cersei ultimately perished in the bowels of the city, clinging to her brother and lover Jaime as everything literally collapsed around them. It was quick, sad, and a touch confusing, and perhaps not the best way to send out two of the series’ most complex characters.

In a new interview with The Guardian, Headey herself admitted that she has her her “own gripes” with the way the series wrapped. She told the outlet, “I invested as
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‘Men in Black: International’ Leads Box Office With Muted $28 Million

‘Men in Black: International’ Leads Box Office With Muted $28 Million
Hollywood seems to be coming down with a contagious case of franchise fatigue this summer, as “Men in Black: International” and “Shaft” become the latest sequels largely dismissed by moviegoers in North America.

Sony’s “Men in Black: International” led ticket sales at the box office this weekend with $28.5 million, but still fell short of expectations. Those receipts represent roughly half of what the previous installments in the sci-fi series earned during their first weekend in theaters.

The latest entry, toplined by Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, wasn’t expected to reach the same heights as the original films starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, but analysts anticipated a start above $30 million. Directed by F. Gary Gray, the sequel sees Thompson and Hemsworth team up as black-suited agents protecting the Earth from a series of alien attacks. “Men in Black: International” is now banking on moviegoers overseas to make the action adventure a hit.
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Krysten Ritter on Her Directorial Debut & Saying Goodbye to ‘Jessica Jones’ in Season 3

Executive produced by showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Jessica Jones (available to stream at Netflix) is back for a third season, as Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) crosses paths with a highly intelligent and very deadly killer. At the same time, Jessica has cut the newly powered Trish (Rachael Taylor) out of her life, as she struggles to live up to her mother’s expectations for being a hero, but in order to survive the madman who wants to put an end to the superpowered, the two must find a way to repair …
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‘Bond 25’: Daniel Craig Works His Boot Off in New Behind-the-Scenes Image

Though James Bond star Daniel Craig sustained an ankle injury on set about a month ago, the PR team is getting out ahead of the rumor mill by showing off the face (and body ... and boot) of the franchise in a new behind-the-scenes image. Craig had minor surgery following the injury and was reported as taking a couple of weeks to rehab before jumping (carefully) back into production. Now, as this new image shows, everything about Craig is in tiptop shape as production heads to Pinewood Studios starting next week. Bond 25, which does not yet have an …
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Quotes From the ‘Deadwood’ Cast That Will Inspire You to Watch

Technically, you don’t have to watch all three seasons of HBO’s “Deadwood,” the legendary, canceled-too-soon series from singular television visionary David Milch before viewing this year’s towering TV movie that served as a final chapter in a narrative that deserved a proper ending.

But you’re not the kind of monster who reads the end of a book first, are you? Of course not. With just 36 hour-longish episodes – all available to stream on HBO Go, along with the movie – you could binge the entirety of the series over a long weekend. Or make it a leisurely viewing and spread your watch over an entire week!

And if our word isn’t enough for you, here are a few alluring anecdotes IndieWire exclusively got from the returning cast about the original series, the new movie, and working with each other to encourage you to make “Deadwood” your viewing destination this summer.
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Macao Festival Signs Double Deals With Shanghai

The International Film Festival & Awards Macao on Sunday signed twin agreements with institutions in Shanghai.

The Iffam, which is building towards its fourth edition in December, struck a collaboration agreement with the Shanghai International Film Festival. Separately, it is solidifying an existing informal arrangement with the Shanghai Film Art Academy concerning an exchange of students — Macau film makers Tracy Choi and Harriet Wong are already participating in this year’s Shanghai’s Siff Next activities. Signatures were put to both pacts on stage in Shanghai.

At the same event, Peter Chan Ho-sun, a leading director from Hong Kong, who has increasingly made his career in mainland China, was named as president of Iffam’s 2019 jury. The judges will decide the winners of the festival’s competition for first and second films.

“The high quality of (Chan’s) Pan-Asian films has stimulated the development of the Asian film industry in general.
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Lena Headey: ‘I wanted a better death for Cersei’

The actor hasn’t stood still since Game of Thrones ended. There’s her short film, her work with refugees – and there’s always another tattoo…

Lena Headey has been an actor for the better part of three decades, but the experience has not eased the doubt she has in her abilities. And even near-universal praise of the kind she received for her portrayal of Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones doesn’t do the trick.

“No, it makes me doubt myself more,” she says, when we meet in her apartment-like suite at the Soho House in Berlin. “Because you think they must be fucking lying.”
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Diego Maradona review – a gripping game of two halves

The public and private faces of the Argentinian striker are sharply contrasted in a revealing documentary from the director of Senna

In his acclaimed Formula One documentary Senna, film-maker Asif Kapadia found a way into the soul of racing driver Ayrton Senna through his longstanding rivalry with his antithetical nemesis Alain Prost. Despite having no prior interest in (or knowledge of) F1, I found Senna both informative and engaging – a riveting portrait of a man whose high-speed achievements had previously meant nothing to me. For his latest work, Kapadia has once again focused on a sport in which I have no emotional investment – football. Yet watching this typically punchy portrait of Argentina’s most infamous sporting son, I found myself gripped by a universally accessible tale of a divided soul – a figure whose dual personas are embodied in the two names of the film’s title; Diego and Maradona.

Kapadia opens his film in breathless,
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The end of erotica? How Hollywood fell out of love with sex

The sex scene is dying out: not just because of #MeToo, but also because of new box-office economics

For decades, no big-box-office, adult-oriented Hollywood movie was apparently complete without a sex scene, from Don’t Look Now to Basic Instinct. Yet it appears that erotica is now dying out in mainstream cinema.

A critical analysis published in the Washington Post last week noted: “Sex is disappearing from the big screen, and it’s making movies less pleasurable.”
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