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Cannes: Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or

Cannes: Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or
A star-studded Cannes Film Festival came to a close Saturday night with a bang as Bong Joon-ho's Parasite took home the Palme d'Or, while Mati Diop's Atlantics landed the runner-up Grand Prix award.

The Parasite win denied Quentin Tarantino his second top prize (the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood helmer won the Palme d’Or 25 years ago for his ground breaking Pulp Fiction). Instead, the widely praised Once Upon a Time came up empty handed.

Joon-ho's dark comedy, which premiered the same night as Once Upon a Time, and drew raves. The film revolves around a man and his ...
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‘Aladdin’ On Course for Bigger Memorial Day Opening Than ‘Solo’

‘Aladdin’ On Course for Bigger Memorial Day Opening Than ‘Solo’
Disney’s remake of “Aladdin” is off to a magical start at the box office, earning $31.5 million from 4,476 screens at the box office on Friday.

While trackers expected a 4-day Memorial Day weekend opening of $75-85 million, “Aladdin” is now on pace to blow that out of the water with estimates now reaching $109-111 million, higher than the $103 million 4-day start earned last year for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Granted, at this point in the weekend, there’s a lot of room for “Aladdin” to either push estimates even higher or to see a big day-to-day drop. The latter was the case for “Solo,” which saw its opening estimates plummet as the weekend went on until it needed the Monday holiday to get an opening above $100 million. So swings in fortune on this busy weekend with plenty of other leisure options besides movie theaters aren’t out of the question.
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‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month

‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month
Paramount’s romantic comedy The Lovebirds is fleeing the nest. The film has been moved from its announced March 6 wide-release date to April 3.

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star as a couple on the brink of breaking up who get unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Co-stars include Kelly Murtaugh, Moses Storm and Betsy Borrego. Michael Showalter — who helmed The Big Sick, which Nanjiani co-wrote and starred in — directs from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall and Martin Gero

Moving out of a slot against Disney/Pixar’s Onward, The Lovebirds instead will battle with Fox’s The New Mutants and an untitled DC pic from Warner Bros.

Paramount didn’t give a reason for the date change, but it comes hours
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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award

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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award
Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, one of the first prizes for which “The Lighthouse” has been eligible at Cannes.

The award was announced Saturday in Cannes by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci), which also honored Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard.

At the same awards announcement, it was revealed that Terrence Malick’s Cannes competition entry, “Hidden Life,” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

The Fipresci honor for “The Lighthouse” marks another plaudit for Eggers, who is rapidly emerging as a major talent in many critics’ view, as well as for one of the best-reviewed of movies in any section at
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"A.P. Bio" Canceled After Two Seasons at NBC

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A.P. Bio” has been canceled at NBC.

Series creator Mike O’Brien shared the news with fans on Twitter, writing that “This has been the favorite project of my life.”

In the single-camera comedy, Glenn Howerton portrayed a disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar who lost out on his dream job and was forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, to work as a high school biology teacher. There, he decided to use his students for his own benefit but found himself gradually more entangled with the other staff, especially the principal (played by Patton Oswalt).
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‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel Moves Ahead Two Months to March 2020

‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel Moves Ahead Two Months to March 2020
Paramount Pictures has moved its sequel to “A Quiet Place” ahead by two months from May 15 to March 20, 2020.

John Krasinski is returning to direct the still-untitled movie with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprising their roles. Cillian Murphy is joining the cast.

A Quiet Place” grossed $340 million at the global box office last year. Blunt won the Screen Actors Guild Award in the supporting actress category for her role in the horror-thriller. Krasinski also wrote the screenplay with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, and the trio received a Writers Guild nomination in the original category.

Krasinski directed and starred in the story of an isolated family of four that must live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. “A Quiet Place” premiered at SXSW and the 2020 edition of the festival launches on March 16, four days before the sequel opens.

Paramount also announced Friday that it
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Stan Lee’s Former Business Manager Arrested on Elder Abuse Charges

Stan Lee’s Former Business Manager Arrested on Elder Abuse Charges
Stan Lee’s former business manager, Keya Morgan, was arrested in Arizona Saturday morning on an outstanding warrant from the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Lapd’s Mike Lopez confirmed that the arrest warrant was for the following charges: one count of false imprisonment – elder adult; three counts of grand theft from elder or dependent adult, special aggravated white collar crime loss of over $100k; and one count of elder or dependent adult abuse.

The investigation into whether Stan Lee was the subject of elder abuse began in March 2018 stemming from actions allegedly taken by Morgan in May and June of 2018.

The grand theft charges stem from $262,000 that was collected from autograph signing sessions in May 2018, but that Lee never received.

The police say the false imprisonment charge stems from Morgan’s removal of Lee from his Hollywood Hills home to a secured condo in Beverly Hills in early June
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Bypassing Congress, Trump Sells Weapons to Saudi Arabia, Orders Troops to Middle East

As tensions with Iran have escalated, President Trump wanted to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. But, he knew Congress won’t approve his decision, so on Friday the president announced he was going to declare a national emergency, allowing him to sell the foreign governments around $8 billion worth of weapons. Included in the sale were precision guided bombs, as well as other types of bombs and ammunitions and related equipment. The president also ordered 1500 troops to the Middle East, according to the New York Times.
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TV Renewals and Cancellations: 5 Broadcast Shows We’re Still Awaiting Decisions on for the 2019-20 Season

“Has [insert name of broadcast TV show currently in limbo here] been canceled or renewed?” That’s the question on many viewers’ minds now that upfronts season is over.

While Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and The CW have all announced their 2019-20 programming schedules, some of those slates don’t reveal everything, meaning the statuses of just under half a dozen broadcast TV shows are still up in the air.

And look, we can accept the fact that not every series will be saved like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” famously was last season — and not every show should be. But come on, networks — minus ABC, Fox and The CW, who have already axed or renewed everything on their lists — viewers need to hear one way or another whether their favorite programs will be returning this fall, especially for ones that have a crazy-devoted fanbase.

Below are the five shows we’re still awaiting decisions on.

Also Read: Fall TV 2019: Every Broadcast Show Canceled,
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Anderson Cooper Dismantles Facebook Exec’s Defense of Not Removing Fake Pelosi Video

Both Facebook and Twitter have been hammered this week because both platforms have refused to take down doctored videos of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that were distorted to make her appear either unwell or under the influence of a substance that would cause slurred speech.

On Friday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed Facebook’s head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, about the controversial decision to leave the viral video on its platform.

Cooper pulled no punches during the tough interview and started the questioning with the Facebook executive by reminding her,
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Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman Over Book Controversy

Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman Over Book Controversy
Moby has issued an apology of sorts after writing in his recently published memoir “Then It Fell Apart” that he dated Natalie Portman when she was 20 — a claim the actress refuted.

“As some time has passed I’ve realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then It Fell Apart are very valid,” he wrote in an Instagram caption alongside a shot of the text “from moby, an apology.” “I also fully recognize that it was truly inconsiderate of me to not let her know about her inclusion in the book beforehand, and equally inconsiderate for me to not fully respect her reaction.”

In his book, Moby had characterized their relationship as dating, writing that she had flirted with him in his dressing room at a concert and that he visited her at Harvard, where their romance blossomed.

Portman, however, had a different
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Watch Billy Joel Perform Led Zeppelin Classics With Jason Bonham

Watch Billy Joel Perform Led Zeppelin Classics With Jason Bonham
Billy Joel performed a pair of Led Zeppelin classics with drummer Jason Bonham during Joel’s concert Friday at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

With the son of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham at the drum kit, Billy Joel and his band first launched into “Whole Lotta Love,” featuring vocals by Joel’s guitarist Mike DelGuidice and a lengthy drum solo by Bonham. Joel then handled lead on “Good Times Bad Times.”

Joel has frequently performed entire or portions of Led Zeppelin songs during his concerts; the band’s “Rock
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Does ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” has arrived, and it turned the “John Wick” franchise fully into a mainstream success with a $57 million opening weekend. This series is not just a cult hit anymore — it’s just a hit in the normal way. And it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon, judging by the ending of the third film.

John Wick: Chapter 2” back in 2017 had a very “middle chapter of a trilogy” vibe to it, with the events of the first film setting John down a dark path and ending the way all good action trilogies do — with our hero finding himself in a dire situation that he must spend the next movie trying to get out of.

But while we’re trained by decades of franchise movies to think of film series in threes — and these three movies certainly do have a trilogy structure, as
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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes

Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes
Cannes — The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival wrapped with jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu announcing the group’s unanimous decision to award the Palme d’Or to South Korean director Bong Joon-ho for his sly, politically charged “Parasite.” Following last year’s win for humanistic Japanese drama “Shoplifters,” the well-reviewed Asian thriller represents the yin to that film’s yang: the story of a lower-class family who try to improve their social situation by infiltrating a rich household.

Explaining the group’s collective enthusiasm for “Parasite” at the post-ceremony press conference, Iñárritu said, “We all shared the mystery of the unexpected way this film took us through different genres and spoke in a funny, humorous, tender way — with no judgment — of something so relevant and urgent, so global in such a local film, with such a beautiful efficiency of media, and an understanding of what film really is.
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Cannes Film Festival 2019 Awards: ‘Parasite’ Wins Palme d’Or

Cannes Film Festival 2019 Awards: ‘Parasite’ Wins Palme d’Or
For the second year in a row, the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival has gone to an Asian film about a close-knit family of con artists. A year after Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” won the 2018 award, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s jury gave this year’s top prize to Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” one of the most critically acclaimed films of this year’s festival.

In his review on TheWrap, Ben Croll called the film “a genre-bending dark comedy with searing class consciousness” and labeled it a return to form for the director whose last two films were the English-language “Snowpiercer” and “Okja.”

The Grand Prize, the jury’s second place award, went to the first black woman director ever in the Cannes competition, Mati Diop, for “Atlantics.”

Also Read: 'Parasite' Film Review: Bong Joon-ho Tackles Disparity With Delicious Dark Comedy

Antonio Banderas won the
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See Dana Carvey Run Through ‘Sound of Trump’ Impressions on ‘Fallon’

See Dana Carvey Run Through ‘Sound of Trump’ Impressions on ‘Fallon’
Dana Carvey mimicked the many sounds of Donald Trump in an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on Friday night. While the former Saturday Night Live cast member appeared on the show to promote his return to The Secret Life of Pets 2, he ended up running through a gamut of political impressions.

Carvey first shared his impressions of the “sound of Trump,” which eventually led into a rhythmic jam session backed by the Roots. “Excuse me, many people are saying… crazy crazy, crazy, crooked, stupid, evil, stupid,
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Court Blocks Chunk of Border Wall Funds, Citing Trump’s Remarks as a Reason

President Donald Trump’s attempts to fund his much-touted border wall were thwarted, at least partially, by a Friday evening ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam in Sierra Club v. Trump, Politico reported.

The Sierra Club took Trump to court after he declared a national emergency and tried to reallocate $8.1 billion in defense funding to pay for the wall. But, the judge said, the president’s emergency powers only allow that kind of transfer of funds for “unforeseen military requirements” and blocked a $1 billion transfer of funds
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão’
A “tropical melodrama” is how the marketing materials bill “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão.” If that sounds about the most high-camp subgenre ever devised, Karim Aïnouz’s ravishing period saga lives up to the description — high emotion articulated with utmost sincerity and heady stylistic excess, all in the perspiring environs of midcentury Rio de Janeiro — while surprising with its pointed feminist politics and occasionally sharp social truths. Anyone already familiar with Aïnouz’s work will know to expect a florid sensory experience, but even by the Brazilian’s standards, this heartbroken tale of two sisters separated for decades by familial shame and deceit is a waking dream, saturated in sound, music and color to match its depth of feeling. From the first, jungle-set shot, the redoubtable d.p. Hélène Louvart gives the film the daubed, traffic-light palette of a ripe mango; were it possible, you’d expect it to have an aroma to match.
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Does Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Remake Have a Post-Credits Scene?

This weekend we have the first of three live-action re-imaginings of classic Disney animated things this year with Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin” — with “The Lion King” and a new “Maleficent” film coming late in the year. Disney’s efforts to breathe new life into its old 2D animated things continue as planned.

But it’s not terribly likely that Disney will ever churn out a sequel to “Aladdin” or any of these other similar movies. They don’t appear to be making these as franchise starters — instead, all these live-action remakes sort of collectively function as a franchise, even if it’s a loose one.

But that doesn’t mean that the filmmakers would definitely not sneak in an extra bonus scene after the credits. While we most often think of post-credits scenes within the context of Marvel movies, where they often function as teases for future movies, that way
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Watch Spice Girls (Mostly) Reunite at First Show Together in 7 Years

Watch Spice Girls (Mostly) Reunite at First Show Together in 7 Years
The Spice Girls kicked off their long-awaited Spiceworld reunion tour in Dublin Friday night, reuniting onstage for the first time in seven years.

For the show at Croke Park, members Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) and Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) performed a slew of the band’s hits including tracks from their 1996 debut album Spice, “Wannabe,” “2 Become 1,” “Say You’ll Be There” and songs from their 1997 follow-up Spiceworld like “Spice Up Your Life,” “The Lady is a Vamp” and “Viva Forever.” Victoria Beckham
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