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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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Sammy Shore Dies: Comedy Store Co-Founder and Comedian Was 92

Sammy Shore Dies: Comedy Store Co-Founder and Comedian Was 92
Sammy Shore, who co-founded the World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles has died. He was 92.

The stand-up comedian passed away of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas and was surrounded by family, according to a tribute posted Saturday on The Comedy Store’s Facebook page.

“Words can’t express how much his comedic gift, friendship, and beneficence will be missed. The bright light he shone and the laughter he brought into the lives of everyone he touched will never dim. There is only one ‘Brother Sam’!” the post read.

Shore co-founded The Comedy Store with his writing partner Rudy De Luca in 1972. It would soon become one of most popular comedy clubs in the nation.

His son, actor and comedian Pauly Shore, posted a series of tweets Saturday about the late comedian’s commitment to his family and his love of comedy.

I'm saddened to let everyone
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‘Game of Thrones’ Petition for Season 8 Do-Over Secures 1 Million Signatures

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‘Game of Thrones’ Petition for Season 8 Do-Over Secures 1 Million Signatures
The final season of “Game of Thrones” might be bringing in a record number of viewers, but now more than a million of them are calling for a do-over of the last episodes.

As of Saturday, more than a million people have signed a Change.org petition for the hit HBO series to remake its final season, calling series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on.”

Dylan D., the petition author, explained Saturday that he started the movement out of disappointment and frustration, and that he’s not expecting HBO to react to the massive call for change.

A rep for HBO did not respond to a request for comment.

“I love this story, and I, like most of you,
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Pete Buttigieg Calls Out Fox News Hosts Who ‘Uncritically Amplify Hate’

Pete Buttigieg Calls Out Fox News Hosts Who ‘Uncritically Amplify Hate’
Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg called out Fox News for allowing voices on the network to “uncritically amplify hate,” but also has explained in a Saturday statement why he is still committed to going through with a town hall on the network that is scheduled for Sunday evening.

“I strongly condemn the voices on Fox and in the media which uncritically amplify hate and the divisive sort of politics which gave rise to this presidency,” Buttigieg said in an email to supporters Saturday. “Their goal is to spread fear and lies, not serve as honest brokers with the American people.”

“But just became many of these opinion hosts don’t operate in good faith, it doesn’t mean there aren’t Fox viewers tuning in in good faith,” he continued. “If we ignore the viewers of Fox News and every news platform that doesn’t share our worldview, we will surrender
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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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Kurt Cobain’s Sweater From Final Photoshoot Sells for $75,000 at Auction

Kurt Cobain’s Sweater From Final Photoshoot Sells for $75,000 at Auction
A sweater worn by Kurt Cobain during the singer’s last photoshoot with Nirvana sold for $75,000 at auction Saturday.

The cardigan, which Cobain donned at a pre-In Utero photo session in the summer of 1993, more than doubled its pre-auction estimate of between $10,000 and $20,000, Julien’s Auctions said.

Pictures of Cobain wearing the sweater, captured by photographer Jesse Frohman, featured in the photobook Kurt Cobain: The Last Session.

“The shoot was meant to take place in Central Park in New York City, but due to Cobain being sick just hours before,
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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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Al Jazeera Suspends 2 Journalists ‘Over Video Content Produced on the Holocaust’

Al Jazeera has suspended two journalists over a video about the Holocaust which violated the network’s editorial standards, the company said in a press release Sunday.

“Al Jazeera stated today, that it has taken disciplinary action and suspended two of its journalists over video content produced on the Holocaust,” the company said. “The video content and accompanying posts were swiftly deleted by Aj+ senior management from all Aj+ pages and accounts on social media, as it contravened the Network’s editorial standards.”

The decision came after Jenan Moussa, a reporter for the UAE-based Al Aan TV flagged a tweet from Al Jazeera At+ Arabic network, which featured the video along with the following description:

“Gas ovens killed millions of Jews, that’s how the novel says. What is the truth of the #holocaust and how did the Zionist movement benefit from it?,” it read according to a Twitter translated version.
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Trayvon Martin’s Mother, Sybrina Fulton, Is Running for Political Office in Florida

Sybrina Fulton, mother of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012, announced Saturday she is entering the race for Miami-Dade County Commission. Fulton is running to fill a seat in District 1 vacated by term-limited Commissioner Barbara Jordan. The mayor of Miami Gardens is also running to fill the District 1 seat.

Fulton is not the first member of the Mothers of the Movement, a group of activist mothers whose African American sons were killed by gun violence, to seek political office. Rep. Lucy McBath (D-ga) was
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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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‘A Hidden Life’ Film Review: Is This Where Terrence Malick Gets His Mojo Back?

‘A Hidden Life’ Film Review: Is This Where Terrence Malick Gets His Mojo Back?
The key word in all the advance talk about Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” has been linear. The film, which premiered on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival, was supposed to mark the reclusive but prolific director’s return to script-based filmmaking after years spent working in an improvisational, ruminative style; it was billed as Malick telling a story again rather than Malick indulging in his occasionally glorious, occasionally perplexing flights of fancy.

Of course, linear is a relative term when it comes to Terrence Malick. “A Hidden Life” is anchored in story in a way the director’s last few films have not been, but its storytelling rhythms are quintessentially his, with all the beauty and all the languor that that entails.

Based on the true story of an Austrian conscientious objector who refused to fight for Nazi Germany in World War II, “A Hidden Life” is certainly
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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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Asif Kapadia Says ‘Diego Maradona’ Is Bigger Than ‘Senna’ and ‘Amy’ Combined

Asif Kapadia Says ‘Diego Maradona’ Is Bigger Than ‘Senna’ and ‘Amy’ Combined
Like most of the Cannes Film Festival’s strong documentary selections, Asif Kapida’s “Diego Maradona” will premiere in a non-competitive slot Sunday night. It’s also one of the best documentaries of the year so far. Kapadia, who won an Oscar for the 2015 Cannes-premiering music biodoc “Amy,” will have a second shot at an Academy Award with a qualifying run before it shows on HBO September 24.

Working from formats ranging from 8 mm video, early newsreel shot on 16 mm, and U-matic video, Kapadia’s team stitched together an astonishing drama. Because he’s covering a longer life, “we play with time in a different way,” he said. “Let’s take you on a mad journey.”

Asif Kapadia at Cannes

Kapadia said Argentinian football icon Diego Maradona is far bigger than the subjects of his last two films. “He is more well known than [Ayrton] Senna and Amy [Winehouse] put together,” Kapadia told
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Watch Madonna and Quavo Perform ‘Future’ in Controversial Eurovision Set

Watch Madonna and Quavo Perform ‘Future’ in Controversial Eurovision Set
Despite calls for Madonna to boycott Eurovision 2019 because of its location in Tel Aviv, Israel, the singer delivered what has been dubbed a controversial performance at the annual event Saturday. At the beginning of the night, the Madame X singer vaguely acknowledged the divisiveness of her appearance telling the audience, “Let’s never underestimate the power of music to bring people together.”

During a performance of her new single “Future,” Madonna brought out Migos rapper Quavo to perform a rendition in front of a projection of the phrase “Wake Up.
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Cannes Attendees, Listen Up: Here’s How You Can Watch the ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale in France

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Cannes Attendees, Listen Up: Here’s How You Can Watch the ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale in France
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival is underway, but a big question on some attendees’ minds might not be about a movie at all, but a TV series. That’s because many festival-goers are probably scrambling to figure out, “How in the name of Westeros can I watch the series finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ on Sunday?”

Since HBO Now and HBO Go are not accessible for U.S. subscribers while in France, TheWrap has figured out how “Game of Thrones” fans can watch the final showdown in real time without having to learn who ends up on the Iron Throne through social media.

And don’t worry, it won’t take a prayer to the Old Gods and the New. But it will take either an HBO Europe subscription or having the right hotel room — or a friend in the right hotel room — because a Cannes attendee can view the series
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Trump Goes After ‘Loser’ Gop Congressman Who Said He ‘Engaged in Impeachable Conduct’

Less than 24 hours after Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash took to Twitter to explain why he concluded that “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct,” Trump responded by calling the representative a “loser.”

Trump’s Sunday morning tweets surprised no one. He called Amash “a total lightweight” and claimed the congressman was only speaking out against him “just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy”—something the president knows a thing or two about.

….he would see that it was nevertheless strong on No Collusion and,
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‘SNL’: See Leslie Jones Blast Alabama’s Abortion Ban on Weekend Update

‘SNL’: See Leslie Jones Blast Alabama’s Abortion Ban on Weekend Update
With the passing of Alabama’s near-total abortion ban on Wednesday, Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones appeared on Weekend Update in the Season 44 finale to make her feelings known.

Jones, sporting an outfit from The Handmaid’s Tale, told Weekend Update host Colin Jost, “We are all handmaids. My name actually is OfJost.” The comedian then quickly removed her red robe to reveal a black shirt with the word “Mine” and an arrow pointing down before delivering a fervent speech about the importance of a woman’s right to choose.
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