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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening

‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening
This weekend was a big one at the box office for Lionsgate, as “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” gave the studio its biggest opening weekend since the “Hunger Games” series ended back in November 2015. The latest chapter in the story of the vengeful assassin has earned an opening of $57 million from 3,850 screens, nearly double the $30 million opening earned by “John Wick: Chapter 2” in 2017.

At a time when many studios are acquiring recognizable franchises for four-quadrant appeal, “John Wick” was developed entirely in-house at Lionsgate with writer/creator Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski, growing from a cult favorite in 2014 to a potent R-rated summer action title. Critics and audiences have praised the film’s signature fight sequences, giving “Chapter 3” an 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- on CinemaScore.

As for “Avengers: Endgame,” which saw its time atop the box office charts come to an end this weekend, falling to No.
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‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.

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‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.
Polygram Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s film and television division, along with Capitol Music Group, Motown Records and Fulwell 73 announced today that “Hitville: The Making of Motown” has been acquired by Showtime for release in North America with plans for a fall premiere, and Altitude for theatrical release in the UK and Ireland. The feature-length documentary chronicles the enormous success and enduring cultural impact of Motown Records, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this September. Endeavor Content brokered both deals and represents the project worldwide.

Directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, “Hitville: The Making of Motown” focuses on the period beginning with the birth of the company in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The story of Motown is told through interviews with the label’s visionary founder, Berry Gordy, and many of its superstar artists and creative figures, as well as
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Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez join female-fronted spy thriller '355'

Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez join female-fronted spy thriller '355'
The upcoming female-led ensemble spy thriller '355' has added a couple of male cast members, with Variety reporting that Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Endgame) and Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) have been cast in the film.

Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) is directing '355' from a script by Theresa Rebeck (Smash), and will see Stan and Ramirez starring alongside Jessica Chastain (It: Chapter Two), Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

As per Variety, '355' is described as “a globe-trotting adventure that flips the espionage genre upside-down” and sees Chastain, Nyong’o, Cruz and Fan as a quartet of spies from various international agencies who “must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to use all their considerable talents and training to stop an event from occurring that could thrust our teetering world into total chaos.
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Emilia Clarke Says Goodbye to ‘Game of Thrones’: ‘And Now Our Watch Has Ended’

Emilia Clarke Says Goodbye to ‘Game of Thrones’: ‘And Now Our Watch Has Ended’
Ahead of tonight’s series finale, Emilia Clarke has shared a heartfelt goodbye to “Game of Thrones.” The actress, whose character’s actions in last week’s episode “The Bells” may go down as the most controversial in the show’s history, writes that Daenerys Targaryen “has taken up the whole of my heart” and that “Thrones” itself has “shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being.”

Here’s her full statement:

“Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me.

“The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early,
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‘A Hidden Life’ Review: Terrence Malick Tells A Tale Of WWII Conscientious Objecting | Cannes

Cannes – As critics begin to discuss films that will end up on their best of the decade list, many are including Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life in their internal debates. The 2011 drama won the Palm d’Or, became the auteur’s second film to earn a Best Picture nomination and was something of a comeback after the disappointing New World six years earlier. Frustratingly, his last three star-filled creations have been what can only be described as a mess. In Knight of Cups, To The Wonder, and Song to Song, Malick’s aesthetic technique of moving …
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‘John Wick 3’ Kills The Box Office With Franchise-Best Opening As ‘Endgame’ Continues To Creep On ‘Avatar’

The final kill count from “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” is yet to be determined. However, the biggest, most important death at the hands of Keanu Reeves’ famous assassin character is perhaps “Avengers: Endgame.” After three weeks atop the box office, Mr. Wick is the first person that has been able to slay the Marvel Studios beast.

Honestly, ‘John Wick 3’ would have had to experience some sort of colossal failure at the box office to not gain the #1 spot this weekend.

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New ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie Set for Spring 2021 Released by Warner Bros.

New ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie Set for Spring 2021 Released by Warner Bros.
A new crack at adapting the fighting video game Mortal Kombat for the big screen has been in the works for years. Now the project finally sounds like it’s becoming a reality. Not only did South Australia Premier Steven Marshall earlier this month that the film would shoot in Adelaide, Australia later this year, but […]

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‘SNL’: Pete Davidson and Paul Rudd Rap About ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Their Favorite Show

‘SNL’: Pete Davidson and Paul Rudd Rap About ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Their Favorite Show
You may like “Grace and Frankie,” but you probably don’t love it as much as Pete Davidson and Paul Rudd. That became clear on last night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” which featured a “Game of Thrones” rap that quickly turned into a tribute to the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

“Can’t believe it’s coming to an end. It’s like my favoritest show ever. HBO, here we go: Jon Snow, dragons, lotsa wolves, armor clothes, silver swords that extendo, prostitute houses, lotsa wine, and a big-ass wall — never miss an episode!” Davidson began, and yet he seemed to lack a certain enthusiasm. Kenan Thompson then interjected to point out that Davidson has never shared his affection for the show before. “I don’t really like to talk about my personal life,” Davidson replied to laughs from the audience. “I don’t like that kind of attention.
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Pingyao to screen retrospective of Indian New Wave cinema

Pingyao to screen retrospective of Indian New Wave cinema
The 12-title line-up includes classics from filmmakers such as Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, Mani Kaul, Shyam Benegal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

This year’s Pingyao International Film Festival (Pyiff) is hosting a retrospective of Indian New Wave cinema from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The 12-title line-up includes classics from filmmakers such as Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, Mani Kaul, Shyam Benegal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan. The programme will kick off with two titles from Ghatak, who was considered the godfather of the Indian new wave and a mentor to other filmmakers (see full list of titles below).

India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,
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Midi Z on Cannes Title ‘Nina Wu’: ‘I’m Aiming for a New Cinematic Language’

Midi Z on Cannes Title ‘Nina Wu’: ‘I’m Aiming for a New Cinematic Language’
Taiwan-based director Midi Z has become a star of the art-house scene in Asia. The appearance of his film “Nina Wu” in Un Certain Regard in Cannes – already getting strong buzz ahead of its screening Tuesday – is the highest-profile festival berth for the helmer and for lead actress Wu Ke-xi, who recently signed up with CAA.

The film is a departure from Z’s usual register of ultra-low budget, self-penned, Myanmar-set dramas and documentaries. For a start, it’s the ethnic Burmese director’s first film set in Taiwan. It’s also his first with a professional-level budget (of $2 million) and his first from a third-party scriptwriter.

Wu, Z’s lead actress in most of his fiction titles, told him back in 2016 that she was working on a script for him, and then surprised Z by actually delivering. “So many people say they are working on something for me, but then never come through.
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‘A Hidden Life’: Terrence Malick’s Tremendous Return To Form Will Renew Your Faith In His Cinema Of Purity [Cannes Review]

The films of Terrence Malick search for wisps of purity in a turbulent, compromised world. The latter part of that practice regularly changes with each new project, from the plague-stricken heartland to an untamed America invaded by settlers to Austria under Nazism that sets the scene for the master’s latest, “A Hidden Life.” Malick is pretty consistent about the expressions of that purity, though; he sees innocence and decency in children, animals, and natural splendor.

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‘The Souvenir’ Is the Top Specialized Opener as Business Remains Soft

‘The Souvenir’ Is the Top Specialized Opener as Business Remains Soft
As the Cannes Film Festival presents prospects for the next year of specialized releases, distributors at home are praying for better fortunes ahead: For titles in their third week or beyond, the best gross is under $250,000 for “The White Crow.” Ongoing releases traditionally form the bulk of art-house business, and that’s likely the lowest-ever best gross for a film in its third week.

Within this context, a decent opening — $20,000 in four top theaters — for Joanna Hogg’s highly praised “The Souvenir” is positive news. It’s good enough to serve as the basis for much wider play, but doesn’t suggest a strong prognosis for the business.

Meanwhile, documentaries continue to provide specialized releasing whatever good news there is: “The Biggest Little Farm” showed continued growth in its second weekend.

Opening

The Souvenir (A24) – Metacritic: 94; Festivals include: Sundance, Berlin 2019

$85,851 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $21,463

With “The Souvenir,
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‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Review: Céline Sciamma Unveils a Painterly Masterpiece — Cannes

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Review: Céline Sciamma Unveils a Painterly Masterpiece — Cannes
Halfway through Céline Sciamma’s razor-sharp and shatteringly romantic “Portrait of a Lady Fire” — as perfect a film as any to have premiered this year — the three main characters sit around a candlelit dinner table and argue the meaning of what happened between Orpheus and Eurydice. More specifically, the point of contention hinges on what motivated Orpheus to ignore the instructions he was given and turn around to look at his love, even though he knew it would cause her to vanish from the world forever.

Sophie (Luàna Bajrami), a naïve young house servant, opts for the most literal interpretation of the ancient tale: She insists that Orpheus was an idiot. But Héloïse (a brilliant Adèle Haenel), the older, booksmart, but similarly inexperienced daughter of the absent widow who owns the place, awakens to a different understanding. To her mind, Orpheus was completely in control of his wits, he just
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‘Detective Pikachu’ Repeats No. 1 at International Box Office

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Detective Pikachu” remained the top film at the international box office for the second weekend in a row, amassing $53.8 million from 72 foreign markets.

The Pokemon adaptation, featuring the voice of Ryan Reynolds, is nearing the $200 million mark overseas. It has currently earned $193.4 million abroad, taking its worldwide bounty to a strong $287.4 million.

“Detective Pikachu” had another solid outing in China, earning $17.2 million and bringing ticket sales in that territory to $70.3 million. Other top markets include Russia, where it opened with $4.3 million, as well as the United Kingdom with $3.5 million, Germany with $2.1 million, and Mexico with $2.25 million.

Falling not far behind was Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” posting $46.8 million from 55 international territories. The superhero blockbuster has now generated $2.6 billion worldwide, ranking as the second-biggest film of all time behind only “Avatar” with $2.78 billion. With $1.88 billion overseas, it’s also the No. 2 highest-grossing movie ever internationally,
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Watch: ‘Saturday Night Live’s Tribute to ‘Grace & Frankie’, a Better Show Than ‘Game of Thrones’

The impending series finale of Game of Thrones looms large over all of pop culture, even Saturday Night Live, which got offered up a tribute to HBO's fantasy mega-hit during its own season 44 finale hosted by Paul Rudd. Except Pete Davidson has never seen the show, so the digital short ended up as an ode to Netflix's original series Grace & Frankie, the genuinely delightful comedy starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda that your mom and all her friends almost definitely love. Despite the fact I'm still not sure what DJ Khaled's function is …
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‘A Hidden Life’ First Reactions: A Return to Form for Terrence Malick

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‘A Hidden Life’ First Reactions: A Return to Form for Terrence Malick
A Hidden Life” comes to Cannes with high expectations. For one, it’s Terrence Malick’s most story-driven film since 2005’s “The New World.” For another, the true-life story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian conscientious objector who refused to serve in the Nazi war effort, is the kind of powerful narrative that could even resonate with Academy Awards voters. But if the past decade has proven anything at this point, it’s that it’s hard to know what expect from Malick.

Malick won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2011 for “The Tree of Life,” widely regarded by critics as one of the best films of the 21st century to date. Though they have their fans, his follow-ups haven’t earned the same level of acclaim and devotion. “To the Wonder,” “Knight of Cups,” and “Song to Song” were impressionistic reveries with little plot and lots of poetic voiceover. His
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Medienboard Fetes Its Five Films in Cannes Film Festival

Medienboard Fetes Its Five Films in Cannes Film Festival
Pictured: “Little Joe” director Jessica Hausner, Martin Gschlacht, one of the film’s producers, Kirsten Niehuus, with director-producer Cordula Kablitz-Post.

Berlin funding agency Medienboard’s managing director Kirsten Niehuus hosted a cocktail reception on Saturday at Grand Hotel in Cannes to celebrate the five films it funded that feature in the festival program.

The five films are competition titles “A Hidden Life” and “Little Joe”; Un Certain Regard films “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao” and “Liberté”; and Critics’ Week film “The Trap”.

Among the 350 guests were August Diehl, an actor in Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life”; Jessica Hausner, director of “Little Joe”; Albert Serra, director of “Liberté”; Karim Aïnouz, director of “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao”; and Carlo Chatrian, newly assigned artistic director of the Berlinale.

Other guests include Edward Berger, director of “Patrick Melrose,” “Deutschland 83” and “Jack”; Nurhan Sekerci-Porst, producer of Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade
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Paul Rudd Ends ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 44 on a High Note

Paul Rudd Ends ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 44 on a High Note
Season 44 of Saturday Night Live has come to a close, and the cast and crew went into summer break with a bang thanks to having Paul Rudd as host. He didn’t even need any special guests from Avengers: Endgame to help drive it home. In fact, there weren’t any special guests at all (beyond […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Hidden Life’

Cannes Film Review: ‘A Hidden Life’
There are no battlefields in Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” — only those of wheat — no concentration-camp horrors, no dramatic midnight raids. But make no mistake: This is a war movie; it’s just that the fight shown raging here is an internal one, between a Christian and his conscience. A refulgent return to form from one of cinema’s vital auteurs, “A Hidden Life” pits the righteous against the Reich, and puts personal integrity over National Socialism, focusing on Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter’s rejection of Adolf Hitler and his refusal to serve in what he sees as an unjust war.

And lest that sound like more flower-power finger-painting from a director whose oeuvre can sometimes feel like a parody of itself, consider this: Without diminishing the millions of lives lost during World War II, Malick makes a case for rethinking the stakes of that conflict — echoes of which
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‘A Hidden Life’ Review: Terrence Malick’s Best Movie Since ‘The Tree of Life’ — Cannes

‘A Hidden Life’ Review: Terrence Malick’s Best Movie Since ‘The Tree of Life’ — Cannes
Terrence Malick is back. Back from the present. Back from the twirling. Back from his battle with the boundlessness of digital technology, a neutral force that nevertheless has the power to seduce certain filmmakers away from their convictions. Malick has always been the cinema’s most devout searcher, his faith and uncertainty going hand-in-hand. But the work he’s made over the last few years hasn’t been searching so much as lost. 2011’s “The Tree of Life” found the auteur pivoting away from the past for the first time in his storied career, and that semi-autobiographical masterpiece came to serve as the auteur’s bridge from historical frescos to contemporary sketches – from profound awe to puzzled wonder.

If “Badlands” and “Days of Heaven” once proved that Malick’s impressionistic film language has the power to make myth feel like memory, the exasperating likes of “Knight of Cups” and “Song to Song
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