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‘Men In Black: International’ Heads for $40 Million Opening

‘Men In Black: International’ Heads for $40 Million Opening
Sony’s action comedy “Men in Black: International” is heading for a $40 million launch in North America on the June 14-16 weekend, early tracking showed Thursday.

New Line’s opening of its “Shaft” sequel, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher and Richard Roundtree, should wind up in the $16 million range during the same frame, according to tracking services.

Men in Black: International” will take place in the same universe as the previous trilogy with Emma Thompson reprising her role as Agent O. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson portray the new agents dealing with aliens among us. The plot centers on a mole in the Men in Black organization.

Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall and twins Laurent and Larry Bourgeois also star. Sony is going day-and-date with a worldwide release for “Men in Black: International,” including a June 14 launch in China. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray
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Netflix Unveils Lonely Island Musical Tribute to Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire

Netflix Unveils Lonely Island Musical Tribute to Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire
The Lonely Island comedy troupe has dropped a half-hour Netflix special featuring a musical tribute to baseball greats Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire.

The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience” features Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer as the former Oakland Athletics teammates who became known as “the Bash Brothers” for their prowess at hitting home runs. The special is timed to mark the 30th anniversary of the Oakland A’s 1989 championship season.

Lonely Island described the project as “a visual poem/love letter to their childhood heroes.” The special features guest appearances by from Haim, Maya Rudolph, Hannah Simone,
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Martin Short Joins Amazon’s Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Pilot "Good People"

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Martin Short Joins Amazon’s Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Pilot
Martin Short has joined the cast of “Good People,” the Amazon comedy pilot from Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings.

He joins recently cast Greg Kinnear and Lisa Kudrow, as well as Cummings, who will star, direct and co-write. Per Amazon, the half-hour comedy follows three generations of women working in the Ombudsman’s office of a college and navigating “the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class and gender.”

Short will play Dean Ed Brown, who is described as “the self-satisfied Dean of Sacramento University who has no concept of what’s appropriate. He is of the ‘old guard’ in terms of how he sees the world, and his casual sexism causes constant problems for the Ombudsman’s office.”

Also Read: Lisa Kudrow Cast in Amazon's Comedy
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Scooby-Doo Film ‘Scoob’ Finds Its Young Velma and Fred (Exclusive)

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Scooby-Doo Film ‘Scoob’ Finds Its Young Velma and Fred (Exclusive)
Warner Bros.’ animated Scooby-Doo film “Scoob” has found its young Velma and Fred.

TheWrap has learned exclusively that Ariana Greenblatt will play young Velma, while Pierce Gagnon is set to voice young Fred.

Zac Efron is voicing the adult version of Fred, while Amanda Seyfried will play Daphne. Gina Rodriguez will voice Velma, while Will Forte will play Shaggy and Tracy Morgan will voice Captain Caveman — not part of the Scooby-Doo universe but a Hanna-Barbera character like the Scooby gang. Frank Welker will be voicing Scooby.

Tony Cervone is directing, while Chris Columbus, Pam Coats and Allison Abbate are serving as producers. Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Dan Povenmire and Adam Sztykiel are executive producing.

In the film, the Mystery Inc. group will team up with other members of the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from Dick Dastardly.
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Gay Mormon Republican Comes Out In Viral Facebook Post

Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie is a Republican. He is a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And he’s gay. And he hopes that you will accept him as he is, for all three of those things.

In an emotional video posted on his Facebook page, Ivie said he was sharing his story “because I know I need to be honest — with my friends, with my family, and with my friends in Utah County.”

“What I have to say is not easy for me,
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‘Whiskey Cavalier': ABC and Warner Bros in Talks to Bring Canceled Series Back

‘Whiskey Cavalier': ABC and Warner Bros in Talks to Bring Canceled Series Back
The series finale for “Whiskey Cavalier” may end up being the season finale. ABC and the show’s producer Warner Bros. are in talks to bring the series back, 11 days after ABC canceled the drama after one season.

An individual with knowledge at ABC told TheWrap that the network is considering bringing the Scott Foley-led series back for a second season and that conversations are ongoing. A decision is expected to come quickly, possibly by the end of this week. Warner Bros. declined to comment.

When the show was canceled earlier this month, Warner Bros. was planning to shop the series elsewhere.

Also Read: Ratings: Kimmel-Lear's Live 'All in the Family,' 'Jeffersons' Special Moves ABC on Up to Top Wednesday

Along with Foley, the drama starred “Walking Dead” alum Lauren Cohen, Ana Ortiz, Tyler James Williams and Vir Das. David Hemingson created and wrote the series and
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‘After Maria’ Film Review: Devastating Doc Explores the Human Toll of a Hurricane’s Aftermath

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‘After Maria’ Film Review: Devastating Doc Explores the Human Toll of a Hurricane’s Aftermath
It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico; devastating thousands of homes, stripping families of electricity for months, and killing nearly 3,000 people. While much time has passed, and the catastrophe has regressed from mainstream headlines, the new documentary short “After Maria” shows that there is still much work to be done, as it highlights Puerto Rican survivors who struggle to restore their lives.

There was once a time when both Puerto Rico and Flint, Michigan — places in the United States both crippled by a lack of basic resources — were being discussed constantly in the news and on social media. People were demanding for the residents’ fundamental needs to be restored. More specifically, they were urgently calling for the American government to offer additional aid when it seemed like Donald Trump and other decision-makers had turned their backs.

But in today’s 24-hour news cycle that
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Flying Lotus’ Darkly Psychedelic Funk Opus ‘Flamagra’

In the decade or so since Stephen Ellison released his breakout Los Angeles LP, he’s established himself as hip-hop’s headiest auteur, a maximalist Brian Eno for the medical marijuana age whose meteor-storm productions triangulate funk, electronica, and assorted jazz fusions, and are often attached to experimental film projects and a live show that updates the psychedelic eye candy of golden-age Pink Floyd. Flying Lotus beats have rootstock in West Coast strains (Madlib, the Stones Throw Records school, the Dr. DreSnoop Dogg G-funk axis). The Midwest is in there,
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Lionsgate Posts Loss, Underperforms Wall Street Expectations

Lionsgate has posted a quarterly loss and its revenues and operating income have come in under Wall Street projections, despite growth from its premium cable channel, Starz.

The studio reported a net loss of $24 million, or 11 cents a share, with adjusted operating income of $103 million for its fourth fiscal quarter ended March 31. Revenues totaled $914 million. Starz reported 24.7 million overall domestic subscribers in the quarter, up 1.2 million from the year-ago quarter, driven by strong over-the-top to more than 4 million subscribers.

Starz has been the subject of recent speculation with CBS rumored to have made a $5 billion offer that was spurned. The report did not include the unexpectedly strong box office performance by “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.”

“We’ve completed a very active and productive fiscal 2019 in which we set in place all the elements for strong growth and continued value creation in the year ahead,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “We
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Lionsgate Posts Loss, Underperforms Wall Street Expectations

Lionsgate has posted a quarterly loss and its revenues and operating income have come in under Wall Street projections, despite growth from its premium cable channel, Starz.

The studio reported a net loss of $24 million, or 11 cents a share, with adjusted operating income of $103 million for its fourth fiscal quarter ended March 31. Revenues totaled $914 million. Starz reported 24.7 million overall domestic subscribers in the quarter, up 1.2 million from the year-ago quarter, driven by strong over-the-top to more than 4 million subscribers.

Starz has been the subject of recent speculation with CBS rumored to have made a $5 billion offer that was spurned. Starz
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National Rifle Association Sues PR Agency over ‘Coup’ Attempt, Confidential Leaks

The National Rifle Association is accusing its longtime public relations firm of “fomenting” an “executive coup” attempt, and the gun group is suing the agency for $40 million in damages, alleging a “total breach of contract” in the wake of what it calls “misleading, defamatory” leaks of confidential documents.

The lawsuit, filed in Virginia state court on Wednesday, is the latest salvo in the battle between the NRA and Ackerman McQueen, which has long crafted the gun group’s public image, including launching the streaming service Nratv. Ackerman McQueen’s services
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Lionsgate Fourth Quarter Revenue Falls Below Wall Street Expectations

Lionsgate reported revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter on Thursday that fell shy of Wall Street expectations, as the film business experienced a 20% decline in revenue in 2018.

The film and TV company reported a net loss of $159 million of a loss of 72 cents after reporting earnings of 41 cents per-share during the same period a year ago. Wall Street analysts tracked by Yahoo Finance had forecast Lionsgate would report a loss of 6 cents per-share. The company said that when adjusted, however, it was per-share earnings of 11 cents.

Revenue for the quarter was $914 million, a decline compared with the same period a year ago, during which Lionsgate generated revenue of $1.04 billion. Analysts expected revenue to hit $949.44 million in the quarter.

Also Read: Lionsgate Hires Former Warner Bros. Executive Lynn Whitney to Head Worldwide Paid Media

“We’ve completed a very active and productive fiscal 2019 in which we set in place all the
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‘The Traitor’ Film Review: Sturdy Mafia Biopic Loses Something in Translation

‘The Traitor’ Film Review: Sturdy Mafia Biopic Loses Something in Translation
The old dictum “context is key” never felt truer than it did when Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor” made its world premiere on Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival.

As the first screening came to close, members of the Italian press greeted the film with effusive cheers, and that response left many of their international counterparts somewhat confused — or maybe just jealous — about what hint of genius they saw in this sturdy if somewhat uninspiring Mafia biopic.

Well, one caveat there: As Tommaso Buscetta, the real-life turncoat who helped put 366 different Mafiosi in jail, actor Pierfrancesco Favino really does bring the goods, delivering an exquisite movie-star turn as a godfather whose cocksure magnetism can’t quite hide the pain in his eyes.

Also Read: 'Oh Mercy' Film Review: Is This Cop Drama a Pilot In Disguise?

In an unusually strong year for male leads, Favino could easily take the festival
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How People Leave One Cult — and End Up in Another

Teah Brown was born into an evangelical Christian sect called the Radio Church of God. Founded in the 1930s by an advertising sales representative turned minister, the insular group promoted an ultra-fundamentalist reading of the Old Testament, eschewing divorce, premarital sex and even wearing makeup. “It was a super closed religion,” Brown, now 42, remembers. “We had pictures of the leader in our home. We worshipped him like he was a god.”

Although Brown started having questions about the group, she attended services until her 20s, when she was expelled from the organization.
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Showtime Sets Doc on ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh

Showtime Sets Doc on ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh
Showtime on Thursday announced the production of a documentary on John Walker Lindh, the man known widely as “The American Taliban,” on the same day that Lindh was released from prison after 17 years.

Lindh, sentenced to a 20-years in prison in 2002 for providing support to the Taliban, was released Thursday on probation. The film, which has been in production since 2017, is called “Detainee 001.”

Per Showtime, the film “gives the definitive account of Lindh’s story with never-before-revealed details from his legal case and unpacks challenging truths and shifting allegiances behind one of the most compelling and unresolved mysteries of the post-9/11 age. Lindh’s case set a precedent for how Americans caught up in the War on Terror were prosecuted, and the film examines how American military and justice systems have grappled with the two decades since his detention.

Also Read: Roger Ailes' Secrets Come Out of the Vault
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Fxx Orders ‘Archer After Hours’ to Stream on Facebook After ‘Archer: 1999’

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Fxx has ordered “Archer After Hours,” new live aftershow that will stream on Facebook immediately following the premiere of Season 10 of “Archer: 1999.”

“Archer After Hours” will be hosted Amber Nash, who plays Pam Poovey, and Lucky Yates, who plays Algernop Krieger. The show described as “part after-show, talk show, sketch show and party,” and will feature special guest interviews, behind-the-scenes commentary, cosplay spotlights, and more.

The network ordered three episodes of it to stream on the show’s Facebook page after the May 29, June 26 and July 24 episodes.

Also Read: 'Archer 1999:' The Gang Heads to Space in the Trailer for 10th Season of Fxx Comedy (Video)

Per the network, “Archer” is a half-hour animated comedy that follows Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler) and their crew of acid-tongued misfits onboard the M/V Seamus salvage ship. An important question arises as they explore deep space and try to outsmart giant aliens,
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Cannes: China’s ‘Summer of Changsha’ Debuts Without Censorship Approval

Cannes: China’s ‘Summer of Changsha’ Debuts Without Censorship Approval
Chinese crime drama “Summer of Changsha” screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section despite lacking the necessary approvals from China’s censors. It premiered without its director or creative team in attendance, who blamed “technical reasons” for their absence — marking the third time that Chinese censorship appears to have caused a disruption at a major international festival this year.

The film played to full theaters on the Croisette Wednesday and Thursday, but without the required “dragon seal” that indicates it has been approved by Chinese authorities. Movies lacking the seal cannot be released theatrically in China, and since a recent tightening of restrictions, also increasingly cannot be screened abroad at festivals. Titles bound for festivals now also need an additional travel permit that, once issued, means that a film’s length and dialogue cannot be changed and no new investors can come on.

At noon on Tuesday,
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‘Gentleman Jack’ Renewed for Season 2 by HBO, BBC

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HBO and the BBC’s period drama “Gentleman Jack” has been renewed for a second season at HBO, the network announced Thursday.

“We’re thrilled that Anne Lister’s story has resonated so powerfully with audiences in the U.S. and abroad, and we’re grateful to Sally Wainwright and the entire ‘Gentleman Jack’ family for bringing her story to life,” Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Drama Programming, said. “Anne’s journey is an important and courageous one and we can’t wait to share this next season with the world.”

Gentleman Jack” is created, written and co-directed by Wainwright, and stars Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle (“Peaky Blinders”).

Also Read: 'Gentleman Jack': How a 19th Century Lesbian's Coded Diary Became an HBO Series

The series tells the story of Anne Lister, who the BBC and others regard as Britain’s first modern lesbian, and her
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Kevin Hart Drama ‘Fatherhood’ at Sony Adds Alfre Woodard to Cast

Kevin Hart Drama ‘Fatherhood’ at Sony Adds Alfre Woodard to Cast
Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of the Sony Pictures’ drama “Fatherhood” opposite Kevin Hart. She will play Hart’s mother-in-law.

The film is an adaptation of author Matt Logelin’s memoir “Two Kisses For Maddy: A Memoir Of Loss & Love.”

The novel details Logelin’s life after his high school sweetheart, Liz, dies after giving birth to their daughter Madeline. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibility of being a new and single father, Matt chooses to keep moving forward and to make a life for his newborn daughter, his remaining link to his beloved wife.

Also Read: Kevin Hart to Star in 'Fatherhood' Memoir Adaptation at Sony

Paul Weitz will direct the film from a screenplay by Dana Stevens. Weitz penned the current draft.

Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and David Beaubaire are producing along with Free Association’s Peter Kiernan and Hart, for his HartBeat Productions company.
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Georgia D.A. Says He Would Prosecute Women Who Get Abortions

Douglas County District Attorney Ryan Leonard told Law.com’s “Daily Report” on Wednesday that women in Georgia should prepare for the possibility that they could be criminally prosecuted for having an abortion if the law signed by Governor Brian Kemp takes effect as planned in January of next year.

“If you look at it from purely a legal standpoint, if you take the life of another human being, it’s murder,” Leonard told the outlet. Leonard is the first of the state’s district attorneys to declare that interpretation of the law publicly.
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