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'Deadpool 2' Launches with Over $300 Million Worldwide

'Deadpool 2' Launches with Over $300 Million Worldwide
Even though Deadpool 2 didn't deliver a record opening domestically for an R-rated movie it still captured a few record of its own as well as delivered a couple studio records en route to an impressive $301.3 million worldwide debut. Meanwhile Avengers: Infinity War continued it's impressive run becoming the fourth largest global release of all-time while Paramount's Book Club and Global Road's Show Dogs delivered on expectations in their attempts at counter-programming against the pair of superhero features. Early indications were that Deadpool 2 would deliver a record opening for an R-rated film after bringing in a pair of R-rated records with $18.6 million from Thursday previews and a $53.3 million opening day. However, it wasn't able to maintain that momentum, finishing with a still impressive $125 million estimate for the three-day, which is enough to become the second largest R-rated opening ever behind the original's $132.4 million debut two years ago and
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Netflix takes Cannes prize winners 'Happy As Lazzaro' and 'Girl'

Netflix takes Cannes prize winners 'Happy As Lazzaro' and 'Girl'
The streaming company has acquired Alice Rohrwacher’s magic-realist tale and Lukas Dhont’s transgender drama for North and Latin America.

Netflix has acquired Cannes festival prize winners Happy As Lazzaro and Girl for North America and Latin America.

Happy As Lazzaro premiered in Competition at the festival and won the best screenplay award for writer-director Alice Rohrwacher (in a tie with Jafar Panahi and Nader Saeivar for 3 Faces).

Starring Adriano Tardiolo, Luca Chikovani, Alba Rohrwacher and Agnese Graziani, the Italian-language drama is about a young peasant assumed, in his isolated village, to be simple-minded, and a young nobleman cursed by his imagination.
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Cannes Winners: ‘Shoplifters’ Takes Palme D’Or; Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Grand Prize – Full List

Cannes Winners: ‘Shoplifters’ Takes Palme D’Or; Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Grand Prize – Full List
Update: Jane Campion is still the only woman to have won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Although Nadine Labaki’s lauded Capernaum was a strong contender and scooped the Jury Prize tonight, it was Japanese veteran Hirokazu Kore-Eda who took the top honor with his family story Shoplifters. The Grand Prize went to Spike Lee’s triumphant return, BlacKkKlansman.
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Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ Is a Hit, and the ‘2001’ Reissue Finds New Box-Office Life

Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ Is a Hit, and the ‘2001’ Reissue Finds New Box-Office Life
Two very different films — Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” and a 70mm reissue of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” — stand out among the new releases this weekend. The first represents a critical career high for a director who made his first film 40 years ago, while the revival is from a director who died 19 years ago, and made one of the the most modern films in 1968.

Standout documentary “Rbg” joins them, but other well-reviewed films are seeing more mixed results. However, there’s enough viable titles to fill screens while Marvel gets nearly all of the theatrical attention.

Opening

First Reformed (A24) – Metacritic: 83; Festivals include: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York 2017

$100,270 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $25,067

Schrader has a long career as a screenwriter (“Taxi Driver”) and director (American Gigolo”), but his career has seen spotty critical and audience reception. “First Reformed,” with Ethan Hawke as a clergyman experiencing spiritual crisis,
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‘Deadpool 2’ Gives Maximum Effort But Fails To Break Records With $125 Million Opening

‘Deadpool 2’ Gives Maximum Effort But Fails To Break Records With $125 Million Opening
When “Deadpool” opened in February 2016, the film shattered expectations and became a phenomenon unlike any “X-Men” film before it. The hard-r superhero film set records and made the Merc with a Mouth a household name. So, when the sequel hit theaters this weekend, many were wondering if the film could capture the same magic of the first one, or if the joke was already a bit played out.
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Patricia Morison, Star of the Original ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ Dies at 103

Patricia Morison, Star of the Original ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ Dies at 103
Patricia Morison, the glamorous star who originated the role of the shrewish actress diva in the delightful 1948 Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate, has died. She was 103.

Morison, who also appeared on stage opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I in such films as The Song of Bernadette (1943), died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles of natural causes.

With a mane of exuberant, dark hair that reached her hips, Morison often was cast as a villainess or “the other woman” on the big screen. She notably played Sherlock Holmes’ smiling adversary Mrs. Hilda Courtney, who is ...
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Sinemia Movie Ticket Subscription Service is Having Trouble Keeping Up With Demand

Earlier this week, we wrote about how movie ticket subscription service Sinemia seemed to be taking advantage of MoviePass’s recent struggles by unveiling a series of new plans aimed at couples and friends who want to go to the movies together. But things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows at Sinemia headquarters, because a new report […]

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Patricia Morison, star of Broadway and Hollywood, dies aged 103

Morison found fame in Kiss Me, Kate, The King and I and moreMovie roles included many femmes fatale and villains

Patricia Morison, who originated the role of an overemotional diva in the Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate, starred on stage opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I and appeared in films with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, died on Sunday at the age of 103.

Morison died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said. Morison’s death was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
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Ava DuVernay Asked Spike Lee to Hold His ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Grand Prix on the Flight Back From Cannes

Ava DuVernay Asked Spike Lee to Hold His ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Grand Prix on the Flight Back From Cannes
Spike Lee received one of the biggest awards of his career yesterday at Cannes, where he won the festival’s prestigious Grand Prix (essentially second prize) for “BlacKkKlansman.” Jury president Cate Blanchett said the film is “quintessentially about an American crisis,” with fellow juror Ava DuVernay praising it as “startling and stunning” and saying she’s seen every one of Lee’s films. Which is to say, she appears to have been pleasantly surprised when she found herself on the same flight back from the festival — and asked him to hold his new prize.

“Let me tell you a small Sunday story,” the “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time” director tweeted. “We happened to be on the same flight back to NYC. And I happened to ask to see his history-making Cannes Grand Prix Prize. And he happened to say yes. And then me and about 27 other passengers stood there and swooned and smiled.
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DreamWorks Animated Movie ‘Everest’ Is Now Called ‘Abominable’

The folks at DreamWorks have been working on the animated film Everest for a few years, and now the film has a new title: Abominable. The movie focuses on a group of humans who befriend a Yeti. That makes Abominable the second soon-to-be-released animated Yeti movie. What a time for cinema! Remember when Antz and A Bug’s Life came out […]

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‘Deadpool 2’ Sets Fox Record With $176M Overseas Bow; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops $1.81B Ww – International Box Office

Update, Writethru: Deadpool 2 strutted his stuff into 81 markets this weekend, grossing $176.3M at the international box office. That sets a new benchmark for Fox International as its biggest opening of all time, topping the previous record-holder, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The offshore opening is also the biggest ever for an R-rated title, clawing away last year's Logan. In all launch markets this session, Ryan Reynolds' Merc with a mouth scored the No. 1 spot and…
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‘Deadpool 2’ at $125 Million Could Suggest Marvel Box-Office Fatigue Has Come at Last

Is a $125-milllion opening weekend enough? Seems crazy to ask, but that’s what our Marvel-dominated world has come to. “Deadpool 2” had the third-biggest opening of 2018, and the third biggest opening for a Marvel film, after Disney’s “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” (both over $200 million to start).

Deadpool 2” opened to over $300 million worldwide, and had a lower budget than many Marvel titles, so this should be a profitable title and then some. But it also shows the first signs of possible Marvel weariness, if only because the gross came in a little under expectations.

The low range of pre-opening estimates was $130 million, with $150 million commonplace. Judging a film by predictions is not totally fair, but at this point Marvel films are expected to shock and awe. Still, it’s a soft debut.

Why? Gross-depressing factors might include comedic sequels, the R rating films, and the absent surprise factor.
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’13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 Spoiler Review: The Good, The Bad, and the Lacking in Reason

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’13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 Spoiler Review: The Good, The Bad, and the Lacking in Reason
There’s no denying that “13 Reasons Why” is a divisive show, especially with its second season, as showrunner Brian Yorkey extended the narrative beyond the story of teenage Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), following her death by suicide.

Digging further into the aftermath of Hannah’s death, especially its impact on her friends, family, and school community, the season doesn’t pull its punches on examining past tragedies and inflicting new ones on its characters. Sometimes, the show made good choices in this regard. Sometimes, things went awry. Below, we dig into what worked best and what didn’t in the show’s return.

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “13 Reasons Why” Season 2.]

The Good

Jessica (Alisha Boe) copes with her sexual assault: Anchored by an impressive performance by Boe, a major lynchpin of Season 2 is Jessica’s journey to recovery, one that the show treats with great sensitivity. Watching Jessica go to therapy and attempt
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‘Preacher’ Season 3 Teaser: Angelville Looks Like an Okay Place to Visit, but We Wouldn’t Want to Live There — Watch

“Preacher” still has more sermons to deliver. AMC has released a teaser for the show’s upcoming third season, which welcomes us to Jesse Custer’s (Dominic Cooper) home of Angelville and offers a brief glimpse of the colorful characters who will be populating this upcoming round of episodes. Watch the wordless preview below.

In addition to Jesse and Tulip (Ruth Nega) are the vampire Eccarius (Adam Croasdell), two enforcers named T.C. (Colin Cunningham) and Jody (Jeremy Childs), Jesse’s grandmother Marie L’Angelle (Betty Buckley), Allfather D’Aronique Jonny Coyne), and Hitler himself (Noah Taylor).

Based on the comic series of the same name, “Preacher” was developed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin. 23 episodes have aired across its first two seasons, and the show will return to AMC with 10 more on June 24.
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‘American Animals’ Featurette Focuses On the True Story That Inspired the Film

‘American Animals’ Featurette Focuses On the True Story That Inspired the Film
American Animals tells the true story of one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. When it came time to make the film, director Bart Layton decided to tackle the real story head-on by involving the actual people involved. A new American Animals featurette examines the real individuals and the true story behind the movie. […]

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China Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Opens Third Behind ‘Infinity War’

China Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Opens Third Behind ‘Infinity War’
Of half a handful of new release movies in China this weekend, only Chinese romantic fantasy “How Long Will I Love U” and American horror thriller “A Quiet Place” made any noise behind still dominant “Avengers: Infinity War.”

“Infinity War” held on to the top spot with $54.2 million in its second weekend, according to data from Ent Group. That marks a 72% drop from its opening weekend, but it lifts the film’s total to $302 million after just 10 days on release. That makes it by far the top Hollywood movie of the year so far in China, having overtaken the $220 million mark of “Ready Player One.”

“How Long Will I Love U” which features a man and a woman living in the same apartment 20 years apart, who find their timelines crossed, earned a serious $36.2 million for second place. With the film’s scores improving each day of the weekend, including an impressive $17.3 million on Sunday,
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'Deadpool 2' scores biggest ever international opening for R-rated film

'Deadpool 2' scores biggest ever international opening for R-rated film
Sequel makes more than $300m worldwide

Deadpool 2 shoved superhero rivals aside to dominate the international marketplace this weekend, grossing an estimated $176m from 24,843 screens in 81 markets.

Distributor Fox International said the superhero comedy sequel – which also opened in North America, with an estimated $125m - scored the biggest international opening weekend ever for an R-rated title and becomes the studio’s biggest international opener ever.

Fox International

With Ryan Reynolds back as the title character, Deadpool 2 opened at number one in all its markets, outperforming the original Deadpool, which opened in February 2016, by 7% in like markets at current exchange rates,
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‘The Mule’: Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood Could Reunite

‘The Mule’: Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood Could Reunite
Clint Eastwood hasn’t acted in a movie since his turn in the 2012 baseball drama Trouble with the Curve, but it appears that the 87-year-old is getting back in front of the camera again soon. He’s set to direct and star in a drug thriller called The Mule, and his American Sniper star Bradley Cooper […]

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Renewed for Season 3 Before It Returns for Season 2

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has yet to return for its second season, but Amazon Studios has already renewed it for a third go-round. The news came during last night’s Peabody Awards ceremony, when Amazon’s Jennifer Salke confirmed to Variety that the acclaimed comedy will stick around for the foreseeable future.

In addition to critical acclaim, “Mrs. Maisel” has won two Golden Globes (Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy and Best Actress — Musical or Comedy for star Rachel Brosnahan) and is considered a strong contender in this year’s Emmy race. Set in the late 1950s, it revolves around its title character’s decision to pursue stand-up comedy following the abrupt dissolution of her marriage. “Gilmore Girls” and “Bunheads” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino created the show, and during last night’s ceremony she said, “You’re going to give it to us because we’re bringing home the fancy thing,
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Patricia Morison, Stage Star of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’, Dies at 103

Patricia Morison, Stage Star of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’, Dies at 103
Patricia Morison, who starred as shrewish diva Lilli Vanessi in the original 1948 Broadway production of “Kiss Me, Kate” as well as Anna Leonowens in the 1954 run of “The King and I” opposite Yul Brynner, died of natural causes in her Los Angeles home Sunday. She was 103.

Morison was born on March 15, 1915 in New York City, the daughter of playwright and actor William Morison and Selena Fraser, a British Intelligence agent during World War I. After graduating from high school, Morison took acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse and made her stage debut at the Provincetown Playhouse in the musical revue “Don’t Mind the Rain.” Her Broadway debut followed shortly, in 1933’s “Growing Pains,” though she never appeared on stage, instead acting as the stand-by for Helen Hayes in the lead role of Victoria Regina.

After catching the eye of talent scouts, Morison signed a contract with Paramount Pictures and
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