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‘Long Strange Trip’ Has One of 2017’s Best Doc Debuts; Richard Gere’s ’Norman’ Crosses $3M — Specialty Box Office
Deadheads toked to Long Strange Trip: the Untold Story of The Grateful Dead in its theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles over the Memorial Day weekend on the heels of one-night event screenings leading up to the holiday. The film, by Amir Bar-Lev and released by Abramorama, grossed $34,131 in two theaters. The company also released fellow documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan in two locations Friday, doing a pretty solid $21,127. Following limited runs… »
Charlie Sheen Still Trying to Get ‘Major League 3’ Off the Ground
Charlie Sheen wants to play Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn again. The actor, who hasn’t starred in a movie since 2012 and probably doesn’t have to make another film again after Two and a Half Men, has been talking about Major League 3 since last year. The original movie’s writer/director, David S. Ward, has a finished script most of […]
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- Jack Giroux
‘Get Out': Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya on That Alternate Ending
Plus, how have the two stars been treated by the Tsa since the film’s release? »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Review: Exploring the Best Moments in Parts 3 and 4
(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Twin Peaks: The Return by answering one question: what was the best scene of the episode?) Last week, Showtime unveiled the two-part premiere of Twin Peaks (or Twin Peaks: The Return, as it’s being called on their website). The premium channel dropped parts 3 and 4 online immediately afterwards, and […]
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- Ben Pearson
Memo to Distributors: Buy These Cannes Film Festival 2017 Titles
While the Cannes Film Festival lineup is consumed by thousands of audience members over the course of 10 days, much of the dealmaking takes place elsewhere. Buyers are less likely to dig through the official selections than they are to spend time in the market, watching clips and presentations for unfinished work. As a result, it’s rare for many big deals emerge from the world’s most glamorous film festival, and the 2017 edition was no exception. Though Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” sold to A24 after a fierce bidding war that lasted several days, it was in the minority. Still, there were plenty of first-rate movies from this year’s Cannes that have yet to land U.S. distribution. Here’s a look at some of the ones we think deserve audiences far beyond the Croisette.
“Gabriel and the Mountain”
Few outside of Brazil know about Gabriel Buchmann, the »
- Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich and Anne Thompson
Mysterious ‘Avengers’ Hatch Appears Outside New Disneyland Ride, What Is It?
Disneyland Resort held the grand opening of their first Marvel-themed attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout last week (read our reaction here). Something new has popped up outside the attraction — an Avengers hatch of unknown origin. What does it mean? Let’s try to uncover the mystery of the Avengers hatch at Disney […]
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- Peter Sciretta
‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 5 Review: A New Star Emerges In the Show’s Darkest Season Yet
[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for the final episodes of “Orange is the New Black” Season 4, which premiered in 2016. It does not contain spoilers for the new upcoming season.]
It’s official: “Orange is the New Black” is never allowed to call itself a comedy, ever again.
When it comes to awards consideration, the Netflix series about a women’s prison has yo-yoed between the drama and comedy categories since the beginning, and tonally the show has always existed in the realm we usually describe as “dramedy.” But while that has meant “Orange” was capable of offering up great moments of hilarity as well as tear-jerking pathos, it also means that the show’s tone has always been its biggest creative struggle, especially in later years, as it’s taken bigger and bigger swings.
Read More: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Trailer: Inmates Run the Prison After Rebellion at Litchfield Penitentiary
Season 4 was perhaps the most challenging in this respect, as the final two episodes pushed the show into new territory after Poussey (Samira Wiley) died at the hands of a guard. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Upcoming Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2017 to 2020
From 'Wonder Woman' to Untitled 2020 Marvel Movie, peruse our overview of every superhero movie release date under the sun. »
- Adam Chitwood
The National Review’s Memorial Day List of ‘Movies Liberals Will Hate’ Proves They Don’t Understand Politics or Filmmaking
To read The National Review’s “Politically Incorrect Guide Memorial Day Movies” is one of those moments where you seriously wonder if conservatism in the Trump Era isn’t just one big episode of “Punk’d.” Written by Arthur Herman, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, the list was an attempt to highlight war movies for conservatives to watch on Memorial Day – many of which are fantastic – but are bizarrely packaged and advertised as movies that will piss off liberals.
“These movies portray serving one’s country in uniform as something to be revered and respected, not dismissed,” boasts the Twitter promo for the piece. Its marketing is a straw-man argument, so it’s first important to establish a few matters of fact.
During the Vietnam War, there was liberal »
- Chris O'Falt
Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Leads Slowest Memorial Day Weekend in Almost Two Decades
This Memorial Day weekend signals a sluggish end to a dreary summer box office start. This four-day weekend’s total domestic earnings ($172.3 million) are the lowest recorded since 1999 ($142.5 million) when “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” opened in first place.
The lone bright spot of this summer so far is Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which is holding onto second place over the holiday weekend, earning an additional $25 million from 3,871 locations. Its total domestic cume stands at over $338 million, and worldwide it’s made over $788 million, passing the original “Guardians” movie ($773 million worldwide).
Disney also took the top slot this weekend with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installation in the franchise starring Johnny Depp. The swashbuckling adventure picked up $77 million over the four-day weekend from 4,276 locations. However, most of the film’s sales are coming from overseas »
- Seth Kelley
Concert Review: ‘La La Land’ Live is a Meta, Magical Experience at the Hollywood Bowl
“‘La La Land’ in Concert: A Live to Film Celebration” kicked off its tour at the Hollywood Bowl over the weekend.
It was a meta moment: a film about making it in showbiz opening at a legendary venue usually reserved for the most successful acts.
Of course, Best Picture Oscar gaffe withstanding, “La La Land” has had an incredibly successful year. Damien Chazelle’s valentine to Los Angeles and movie musicals has developed a cult following, as evidenced by the sea of yellow dresses — similar to the worn by Emma Stone in the film’s posters — at Friday’s and Saturday’s performances.
Indeed, Stone herself was in attendance the second night, as was Chazelle and other celebrities including Topher Grace.
City of Los Angeles Awards Its Love to ‘La La Land’
They joined more than 17,000 fans to see the film’s Oscar-winning composer, Justin Hurwitz, conduct a full »
- Lawrence Yee
Pixar Goes Back to Its Roots With New Experimental Short Division
Pixar has a problem. It’s a problem that’s well-detailed in The Atlantic article, “Did Disney Ruin Pixar?” which proposes that the once-great animation studio has reached the end of its golden age, weighed down by halfhearted sequels and poorly received original films. But maybe with the recent announcement of a new experimental shorts division, Pixar […]
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- Hoai-Tran Bui
‘Based on a True Story’ Review: Eva Green Burns the Screen in Roman Polanski’s Messy Thriller
A successful writer lets a mysterious woman in her life who clearly has ulterior motives that never come to light. »
- Gregory Ellwood
‘Voldemort: Origins of the Heir’ Trailer: Fan-Made Harry Potter Prequel Looks Amazing
The big-screen Harry Potter prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” may have received a mixed reaction from Muggles, but a new fan film trailer showcases some amazing special effects and the spirit of J. K. Rowling’s original series. “Voldemort: Origins of the Heir” dropped its first footage on May 28, and this non-profit film has the professional feel of a Hollywood blockbuster. Directed, written and edited by Gianmaria Pezzato, “Origins” was spun off of the sixth book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
According to the film’s official site, this prequel aims to answer several questions. “What made Tom Riddle become Voldemort? What happened in those years, and what really went down at Hogwarts when he came back? There are some »
- William Earl
Director Michel Hazanavicius on His Non-Traditional Godard Biopic ‘Redoubtable’
The Oscar-winning 'The Artist' filmmaker discusses his tragicomic look at the iconic director from the Cannes Film Festival. »
- Talia Soghomonian
‘American Gods’ Review: Crispin Glover’s Mr. World Reigns Supreme in ‘Lemon Scented You’
(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?) Last week gave us a taste of mortal malaise, but this week we return to the pantheon. American Gods continues to give answers at the price of a hundred new questions, as ‘Lemon Scented You’ […]
- Vanessa Bogart
How we made Deliverance
Warner Bros had acquired the rights to James Dickey’s novel, and, after making Hell in the Pacific in very difficult circumstances, they felt I was the man to take it on. I’d never been to the south before, but the first thing I did was go to meet Dickey. We drafted the screenplay together. Always by correspondence, because whenever we met we never got much done. It was the drinking, really. On one occasion, he came to La to work, but locked himself in a hotel room with a ballerina called Amy Burke.
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- Phil Hoad
‘Logan Lucky’ Trailer Reveals Soderbergh’s New Heist Comedy
He's back! And he hasn't missed a beat. »
- Adam Chitwood
All of The Year’s Superhero TV Shows, Ranked
This year stretched the boundaries of what it means to be a superhero show -- for better and for worse. »
- Evan Valentine
‘Pirates 5′ Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg on Crafting Jack’s Backstory
The filmmakers also talk about the daunting task of making a 'Pirates' movie and how Paul McCartney's cameo came to be. »
- Christina Radish
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