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Box Office: ‘Baywatch’ Dives in With $1.25 Million on Wednesday
“Baywatch” got a head start on the competition by opening in previews on Wednesday, before it goes wide early on Thursday ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.
After its first night of earnings Paramount’s comedy made $1.25 million at 2,554 locations. Previews began at 7 p.m.
For its opening weekend, “Baywatch” is pegged at about $40 million from an eventual 3,647 locations. The summer comedy carries a $60 million production price tag.
Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron star in the comedy that spawned from the 1990s NBC drama starring David Hasselhoff and a team of lifeguards who patrolled the beaches of Los Angeles. This time around it’s Johnson, an experienced and devoted lifeguard, who butts heads with a new recruit, Efron, until they uncover a criminal plot.
- Seth Kelley
Sony’s Silver Sable, Black Cat Movie Lands Gina Prince-Bythewood as Director
Gina Prince-Bythewood is in talks to direct “Silver and Black,” the second announced standalone film in Sony’s Marvel Universe. If the deal goes through, she would become first African-American woman to direct a movie based on Marvel characters. The film will be based on the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy), who are known for their connections with Spider-Man. Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts criminals. She hasn’t been introduced in a previous film. Meanwhile, Hardy made her debut in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” played by Felicity Jones. Also Read: »
- Carli Velocci and Matt Donnelly
Rosario Dawson in Negotiations to Star in X-Men Spinoff ‘New Mutants’
Dawson will play Dr. Cecilia Reyes. Her character in the spinoff acts as a mentor for the young adult ensemble cast that already includes “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams and “Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy.
Williams is set to play Rahne Sinclair, or Wolfsbane, who must figure out how to reconcile her ability to turn into a wolf with her religious beliefs. Taylor-Joy is Illyana Rasputin, »
- Ashley Boucher
Joseph Fiennes Nearly Played Obi-Wan Kenobi – and Tells Us How He Lost the Role (Exclusive)
When it comes to his most memorable audition story, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Joseph Fiennes has a really good one. As it turns out, it revolves around a key role in the “Star Wars” prequels. In an interview with TheWrap, Fiennes was coy at first, not dropping the name of the film or its director, but provided enough clues to tip us off. (Waving your hands around like you’re holding a lightsaber isn’t exactly subtle.) “I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes said as he began his story. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself »
- Carli Velocci
‘Wonder Woman’ London Premiere Called Off in Wake of Manchester Bombing
“Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK,” the studio said in a statement. “In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London.”
“Wonder Woman” will have its U.S. premiere Thursday in Los Angeles.
Monday’s terrorist bombing left 22 people dead, and dozens more wounded. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
First Trailer for ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ Animated Movie Unites the Title Characters
- Dave Trumbore
Sergei Loznitsa’s ‘A Gentle Creature’ Is An Astonishing, Incendiary & Brutal Indictment Of Modern Russia [Cannes Review]
Like an endless, 200-degree Fahrenheit fever dream, Sergei Loznitsa’s “A Gentle Creature” disorients your frame of mind with the force of a thousand demons shredding it apart. In systematic and cinematically dazzling fashion, Loznitsa’s nihilistic riff will drag you to a circle of hell that makes Dante’s “Inferno” look like a love sonnet, and you’ll walk out of the film feeling woozy, defeated and utterly destroyed, in that order.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rlj Entertainment, AMC Networks’ Shudder partner on ‘Mayhem’
The action-thriller premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.
The deal was finalised in Cannes.
Rlje plans to release Mayhem in theatres and on demand later this year, with the Shudder streaming premiere slated for early 2018.
In Mayhem, an airborne virus infects the corporate tower of a major law firm on the day attorney Derek Saunders is wrongfully fired. The infection is capable of making people act out on their most erratic impulses and viral rage takes over. Trapped in the quarantined building, Saunders is forced to fearlessly fight for his job, his redemption and his life.
Rlje’s Chief »
Sony’s Spider-Man Spin-Off About Black Cat and Silver Sable Gets a Director
There’s more than enough Spider-Man content to go around in Hollywood – at least that’s the mentality of Sony Pictures, who owns the cinematic rights to many of the characters within Spidey’s universe. The studio has already given a green light to a Venom movie starring Tom Hardy, and now they’ve proven they’re serious about bringing another Spider-Man spin-off […]
The post Sony’s Spider-Man Spin-Off About Black Cat and Silver Sable Gets a Director appeared first on /Film. »
- Ben Pearson
The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women
“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.
“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.
Read More: ‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: 10 Reasons You Have to Watch Hulu’s Excellent Comedy Series
Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.
Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World… »
- Ben Travers
Jonas Carpignano on His ‘A Ciambra’ and Getting Notes From Martin Scorsese
After making a splash in Cannes with ‘Mediterranea,’ which won the Critics Week Grand Prize in 2015, Jonas Carpignano is back, in Directors’ Fortnight this year, with ‘A Ciambra,’ which IFC’s Sundance Selects snapped up for U.S. distribution shortly after the premiere, reportedly following a bidding war. The young director (pictured, left) born in New York from an Italian father and an African-American mother, but raised in Rome, spoke to Variety about why he stayed in the Calabrian coastal town of Gioia Tauro for his ‘Mediterranea’ followup, and what it was like getting notes on his rough cuts from Martin Scorsese, who executive-produced the pic. Excerpts.
‘A Ciambra’ follows from ‘Mediterranea’ in various ways. I read it was actually prompted by the production’s car being stolen while shooting the short that became ‘Mediterranea.’ Can you tell me more?
Yes, I had never known about a Gypsy community in Gioia Tauro. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Patty Jenkins Says She Wasn’t The Right Director For ‘Thor: The Dark World’
Say what you will about DC Films, but at least in the ongoing rivalry with Marvel, they’re the first of the two studios to have a woman directing one of their tentpole projects (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will helm “Captain Marvel,” which opens in 2019). Patty Jenkins is the filmmaker behind DC’s “Wonder Woman;” however, had things gone differently she would’ve been the director of Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” She was the first one to board the project, but eventually exited over “creative differences,” with Alan Taylor replacing her (and he would go on to detail the “wrenching” experience of making the movie).
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sony Pictures Classics acquires ‘The Silent Man’
Liam Neeson Watergate drama set for a September release.
The Silent Man centres on “Deep Throat”, the pseudonym given to the notorious whistleblower for the Watergate scandal. The true identity of the secret informant remained a mystery and source of much public curiosity and speculation for more than 30 years. That is until, in 2005, special agent Mark Felt shockingly revealed himself as the tipster.
This true story chronicles the personal and professional life of Felt, who risked and ultimately sacrificed everything – his family, his career, his freedom – in the name of justice.
The Silent Man features an all-star cast including Neeson in the title role of Mark Felt, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Josh Lucas, Tony Goldwyn, Michael C. Hall, Tom Sizemore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ike Barinholtz, Bruce Greenwood, Brian D’Arcy James, Kate Walsh, Noah Wyle, and Maika Monroe.
Peter Landesman wrote and »
‘Wind River’ Trailer: Jeremy Renner & Elizabeth Olsen Team To Track Down A Predator
Fresh off of its Cannes debut, The Weinstein Company has released the first official trailer to Taylor Sheridan’s written and directorial debut thriller Wind River, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner on the hunt to catch a criminal. The pic, which premiered at Sundance this year, is slated for a limited theatrical release August 4. “This isn’t the land of backup, Jane. This is the land of you’re on your own,” the officer says in the trailer above, underscoring the… »
Vertical Entertainment Takes U.S. For ‘Hollow In The Land’ – Cannes
Exclusive: Vertical Entertainment has picked up U.S. rights to Scooter Corkle's Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Argon, Rachelle Lefevre, Shawn Ashmore, Jared Abrahamson and Sarah Dugdale. The mystery thriller will be released day-and-date in the last quarter of the year. In Hollow in the Land, with the notorious Keith Miller locked behind bars for murder, his family is paying the price of a tainted name. A year after Keith's crime, a body is found in a nearby trailer… »
‘American Gods’: Here’s Gillian Anderson As David Bowie, and The Resemblance Is Uncanny — Watch
The Starz series “American Gods,” created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and based on the book by Neil Gaiman, explores the definition of worship as rooted in both ancient religions as well as modern-day culture. And no character perhaps best emulates this than the goddess Media, portrayed by Gillian Anderson.
Per Starz, “Gillian Anderson stars as the New God Media in the critically acclaimed series ‘American Gods.’ Media assumes whatever form will deliver her message most effectively and is often personified by iconic celebrities.” Which is another way of saying that Media is a chameleon of a character, invoking the concepts of famous figures from pop culture in her scenes. In her first appearance, viewers saw Anderson emulate Lucille Ball, and the show has hinted that future episodes will feature »
- Liz Shannon Miller
'Good Time' performs, 'Rodin' sinks on Screen's Cannes jury grid
As the 2017 Cannes Film Festival’s Competition enters its final stretch, the new entrants saw polarising reactions from Screen’s jury of critics.
The film clocked 2.6 in total (with one score to be counted), the fourth best score on the grid behind Ruben Ostlund’s The Square, Todd Haynes’ Wondertstruck and table-topper Loveless from Andrey Zvyagintsev.
Jacques Doilon’s artist biopic Rodin was less successful, clocking four no-star X ratings and four one-star ratings on its way to an overall score of 0.8, the lowest on this year’s grid to-date. There is one score still yet to be collected, meaning it could receive a late boost.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
Rosario Dawson in Talks for X-Men Spinoff ‘New Mutants’
“New Mutants” is in pre-production and has been set for an April 13, 2018, opening. “The Fault in Our Stars” director Josh Boone is helming “New Mutants” from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee about teenage superheroes-mutants.
Dr. Cecilia Reyes serves as a mentor for the superheroes. Her character has the ability to generate an invisible bio-field around herself.
“Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams of “Game of Thrones” are already signed up for the project with Taylor-Joy playing Illyana Rasputin, also known as Magik, who uses teleportation. Williams is on board as Rahne Sinclair, a.k.a. Wolfsbane, who can to turn into a wolf. Simon Kinberg and Karen Rosenfelt are producing.
Fox announced last month that it was dating three Marvel movies for 2018 — “New Mutants” for April 13, “Deadpool 2 »
- Dave McNary
Mr. Hanks Goes To Washington: Tom, Meryl & Spielberg Research ‘Post’ Film
Today Hollywood was observing the reporters for a change: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg were among a West Coast contingent visiting the Washington Post‘s headquarters as research for the gang’s upcoming Pentagon Papers movie The Post. “Okay, everyone, be cool,” wrote Post reporter Emily Heil in her account of the visit today. Though Heil says Post brass asked staffers to resist the selfie urge, reporter David Nakamura and video deputy director Phoebe… »
Robert Pattinson Reveals How He Embraced The Streets of New York (and Dodged Paparazzi) Shooting ‘Good Time’
Robert Pattinson made his name in “Twilight” and now capitalizes on his global bankability by chasing distinctive character roles and indie auteurs. This time it’s Josh and Benny Safdie’s Cannes Competition entry “Good Time” (A24, August 11) as he takes on the canny older brother who looks out for his impulsive, hulking sibling (Benny Safdie).
At the official Cannes press conference following the screening, he announced that he’ll star in “Parrots of Summer,” the upcoming film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent”) as well as another film with David Michôd, with whom he worked on “The Rover.”
In the can is “Damsel,” a Zellner brothers western with Mia Wasikowska, which is seeking distribution; coming up are movies with French filmmaker Claire Denis (father-daughter space drama “High Life”) and “Christine” director Antonio Campos.
Pattinson told the Cannes press corps that after discovering a photo for the »
- Anne Thompson
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