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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” is breaking records in China, raking in more than $100 million on its opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom.

Disney forecast that its new tentpole would end the day with about $107.2 million (RMB719 million), including midnight and wee-hour showings that began Tuesday night and ran into early Wednesday. By about 9 p.m. local time Wednesday, the Marvel finale had hauled in $102 million (RMB681 million), according to China Box Office. That easily gives “Endgame” the record for the biggest opening day in Chinese history, surpassing domestic film “Monster Hunt 2” (which did not have midnight previews).

“Endgame” had also already set a new all-time record for ticket pre-sales, selling more than $110 million worth ahead of its Tuesday night midnight opening to beat “Monster Hunt 2,” which sold $59.6 million. It
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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)

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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)
Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s “Nightmare Alley,” Guillermo del Toro’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning film “The Shape of Water.”

Del Toro will direct the pic and co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan. “Nightmare Alley” is being produced and financed by del Toro and J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment, with Fox Searchlight acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the film.

While there is a 1947 Fox pic, this film will be more based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name. The 1947 movie starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.

The film shoots this fall as del Toro fills out the remaining roles.

After “The Shape of Water
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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct World War II Caper ‘Ghost Army’

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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct World War II Caper ‘Ghost Army’
Ben Affleck will star in and direct the Universal Pictures caper “Ghost Army,” based on the book “The Ghost Army of World War II,” written by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, as well as the documentary “Ghost Army.”

It’s unclear when the movie will go into production as it’s still in development and Affleck is expected to rework the screenplay. The latest script was written by Nic Pizzolatto (HBO’s “True Detective”), with an earlier draft by Henry Gayden (“Shazam!”).

The film tells the true story of a squadron of recruits from art schools, ad agencies and other creative businesses who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the U.S. had larger troop numbers than it actually did. The book follows a group of young GIs, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelly, artist Arthur Singer, photographer Art Kane, and others, who conduct a secret mission.
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Marisa Tomei Joins Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy (Exclusive)

Marisa Tomei Joins Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy (Exclusive)
Marisa Tomei, the Oscar winner who plays Aunt May in the current Spider-Man movies, will star opposite Pete Davidson in Universal’s untitled comedy being made by Judd Apatow.

Apatow will direct the feature, which is set to shoot this summer in New York City, and he also is producing with Barry Mendel, his collaborator on such comedies as Bridesmaids, This Is 40 and The Big Sick.

Universal’s senior executive vp production Erik Baiers will oversee for the studio.

Details on the logline are being kept under lock and key, but it is known to be a coming-of-age comedy set ...
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James Wan, Gary Dauberman Tackling Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot'

James Wan, Gary Dauberman Tackling Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot'
Stephen King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot is heading to the big screen.

James Wan and Gary Dauberman, the respective producer and writer collaborators behind many of the biggest hits of the Conjuring horror universe, are teaming to adapt the novel for New Line.

Dauberman will write the script and serve as executive producer. Wan will produce, along with Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

Published in 1975, King’s book centers on an author who returns to his hometown in order to write about an abandoned mansion in the small town. As he discovers the home has been bought by ...
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does "Not Endorse" Upcoming Fox Searchlight Biopic

J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does
With less than a month to go before the release of Tolkien, Fox Searchlight's biopic starring Nicholas Hoult as the famed author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, the subject's family has said it does "not endorse" the movie. 

In a statement issued Tuesday, the J.R.R. Tolkien family and the Tolkien estate said they wished to "make clear that they did not approve of, authorize or participate in the making" of the film, which recounts the years of toil and imagination that gave the novelist the inspiration for his storytelling in ...
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Doug Liman’s $100M ‘Chaos Walking’ Undergoes Reshoots After First Cut Deemed ‘Unreleasable’ — Report

Doug Liman’s $100M ‘Chaos Walking’ Undergoes Reshoots After First Cut Deemed ‘Unreleasable’ — Report
When Lionsgate picked up the distribution rights to Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking” trilogy in 2011, it seemed that the home of such blockbuster adaptations as “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games” was lining up their next Ya-leaning smash hit. That market has, of course, changed in the intervening years — by the time the fourth film in the Jennifer Lawrence-starring “Hunger Games” series ended, each film’s box office had declined precipitously from the previous film; Lionsgate and Summit didn’t even make a final film in the similar “Divergent” series — and few studios are attempting the same multi-film treatment that ruled the box office just a decade ago.

It didn’t help that with “Chaos Walking” the film went through a few iterations on its way to the big screen, the kind that would slow down any film, let alone one arriving a touch too late. Robert Zemeckis was
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‘Swamp Thing’ Trailer: DC Universe Series Shows Why You Should Never Mess with Killer Plants

‘Swamp Thing’ Trailer: DC Universe Series Shows Why You Should Never Mess with Killer Plants
With one of movie history’s biggest blockbusters hitting theaters this weekend, DC would like to remind you that it has a big angry green guy of its own.

Since its creation in the early ’70s, Swamp Thing is a character that’s gone through a number of iterations, most notably a revival run courtesy of legendary comics writer Alan Moore. Now, “Swamp Thing” is set to become another piece of the evolving DC Universe puzzle, slated for a release date at the end of next month.

After catching a tiny glimpse of the title character in last week’s tease, the series’ latest trailer gives a slightly fuller picture of how the show will bring the spooky clump of flora to the screen. Mostly, it seems to involve exponential, expanding tree branches (deployed in an operating room in a way that will make any “Spider-Man 2” fan’s skin crawl.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Review: ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series Is Still the Best at Channeling That ‘80s Machismo

‘Cobra Kai’ Review: ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series Is Still the Best at Channeling That ‘80s Machismo
[Editor’s Note The first episode of “Cobra Kai” Season 2 is available to watch for free at the bottom of this review. The full 10-episode season is available on YouTube Premium.]

Cobra Kai” burst through the YouTube Premium offerings to become the paid streaming service’s first true breakout hit, with its first episode – which was offered for free – garnering over 60 million views. The sequel series to 1984’s “Karate Kid” somehow did the impossible, bringing back two of the film’s main characters 30-odd years later and recapturing the energy and heart of ‘80s underdog cinema.

Now “Cobra Kai” is back for a second round in the YouTube dojo to deliver another swift kick of ‘80s nostalgia in all of its blustering and boisterous glory. Appealing to aging Gen-Xers and their kids alike, this multi-generational crowd pleaser continues to explore themes of redemption, forgiveness, mentorship, and acceptance with confidence but not an ounce of subtlety. And that’s Ok.
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New ‘Aladdin’ TV Spot Takes You to a Very Sparkly Whole New World

Disney has released a new TV spot for its upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, and it offers our first look at Will Smith as Genie. Mena Massoud stars as the street-rat-with-a-heart-of-gold Aladdin, with Naomi Scott as the beautiful and determined Princess Jasmine. The movie will feature a new repertoire of songs by Alan Menken and La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Menken originally collaborated with Howard Ashman and Tim Rice for the music in the 1992 animated version). This new TV spot is fine, but I'…
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HanWay adds Takashi Miike's 'First Love' ahead of Cannes Directors' Fortnight premiere

The film was co-produced by HanWay founder Jeremy Thomas.

London-based sales company HanWay Films has added Takashi Miike’s First Love to its Cannes slate ahead of the film’s premiere in the festival’s Directors’ Fortnight programme.

HanWay will handle worldwide sales on the project excluding Asia, where rights are held by an undisclosed company.

The film is a co-production between Japan’s Muneyuki Kii and Misako Saka, with the UK’s Jeremy Thomas of Recorded Picture Company.

Thomas and director Miike have previously collaborated on Blade Of The Immortal and Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai, both of which played in Cannes,
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‘Catch-22’ Trailer: World War II Is Inescapable in Star-Studded Hulu Adaptation

Hulu has had plenty of literary adaptations added to its catalogue of original programming over the years. “The Handmaid’s Tale” brought it acclaim on its biggest scale yet, but no project has taken on something quite like “Catch-22.”

The trailer for the series below shows Christopher Abbott as the novel’s classic protagonist Yossarian, who tries to do everything he can to avoid being stuck in the crosshairs of World War II. One of the forces keeping him on the battlefield is Lieutenant Scheisskopf, played here by the majestically mustachioed George Clooney.

The six-part series features a plentiful ensemble, also headlined by Hugh Laurie and Kyle Chandler. A co-production with Italy’s Sky Italia, this version of “Catch-22” was co-written by “Lion” scribe Luke Davies and “Animal Kingdom” director David Michôd. Adapting the story’s action on the ground, in rousing speeches from Chandler’s Colonel Cathcart, and in the air,
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‘Catch-22’ Trailer: George Clooney, Kyle Chandler & More Bring Joseph Heller’s Classic Novel To Hulu In New Series

Even if you’ve never read the classic novel, “Catch-22,” you probably have heard the title used as a term at some point. Well, in the new Hulu series, based on the aforementioned work by writer Joseph Heller, you’ll be able to skip the required reading and watch some Hollywood stars give you the basics of the story.

And as seen in the new trailer, the off-beat series, “Catch-22,” follows a WWII bombardier that is so worked up over the prospect of dying as part of one of his missions, that he’s attempting to get out of being a pilot by claiming he’s insane.

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New ‘Catch-22’ Trailer Shows George Clooney’s Take on a Satirical Classic for Hulu

Hulu has released a new trailer for its limited series Catch-22, executive produced and directed by George Clooney. It's an adaptation of Joseph Heller's classic satirical novel, which most of us had to read in high school. I remember loving it at the time, but not remembering much about it now -- helpfully (or far too obviously) Hulu makes sure the catch is explained immediately in the trailer. But what's more interesting is the tone, visual look, and very recognizable cast in this adaptation, which looks like a lot of fun. As Adam Chitwood wrote regarding the …
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‘Star Trek’: New Animated Series Featuring ‘Lawless Teens’ Will Boldly Go to Nickelodeon

‘Star Trek’: New Animated Series Featuring ‘Lawless Teens’ Will Boldly Go to Nickelodeon
Don’t expect a formal captain’s log for the newest “Star Trek” series announced Wednesday by Nickelodeon and CBS Television. A new animated series will explore Starfleet from unexpected quarters thanks to CBSEye Animation Productions, Secret Hideout, and Roddenberry Entertainment.

Siblings Kevin and Dan Hageman are developing a new “Star Trek” animated series, which will usher in a new generation of younger viewers to the franchise. Debuting exclusively on Nickelodeon, the series will feature CG animation and follow the adventures of a group of “lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship.” Faced with such temptation, these young rebels will use the ship and along the way, learn life lessons and search for meaning and salvation.

“‘Star Trek’s’ mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit
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Video Blog: What It’s Like To Attend the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Movie Premiere

Video Blog: What It’s Like To Attend the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Movie Premiere
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to actually go to a Hollywood movie premiere? How about tagging along as I go to not just any movie premiere, but the world premiere of Avengers: Endgame? In our first attempt at vlogging, my girlfriend Kitra and I decided to try to capture the experience. I thought it […]

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Here’s What’s Leaving Netflix in May 2019

Aside from Avengers: Endgame, Game of Thrones' Battle of Winterfell and all the other great TV and movies out there (Killing Eve! Barry! Fast Color!), you need to be aware that there are about 2 weeks left before some really great titles disappear from Netflix. First up are some classics with a few Oscar winners in the bunch: Dances with Wolves, John Hughes' Sixteen Candles, The Dirty Dozen, The English Patient, and The Birdcage, in addition to some new classics like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Notebook. A collection of Bond films is on the chopping block …
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Steven Spielberg’s Beef Isn’t with Netflix, but with Exhibitors

Last month, we reported that Steven Spielberg was trying to block Netflix movies from Oscar consideration unless they had more substantial theatrical runs. This eventually spun into the narrative that Spielberg was against Netflix, trying to defend old Hollywood from the new streaming services. Of course, there was more nuance and complexity here, but that got missed everyone ran to take sides between the famed director and the streaming giant. But it looks like the initial reporting was wrong and missed Spielberg’s intent. In a story today from The New York Times, it looks like Spielberg was never going …
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‘Brian Banks’ Trailer: Greg Kinnear Attempts To Get A Wrongfully Convicted Athlete Released From Prison

If you’re a casual film fan, you may not immediately know the name, Tom Shadyac. However, you are probably very familiar with his work. Shadyac is the director behind such comedy films as “Ace Venture: Pet Detective,” “Liar, Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Patch Adams,” and “Bruce Almighty.” And now, after years away from feature filmmaking, he’s back with a film about the true story of a young Black kid who gets wrongfully locked away in prison, derailing his pro football career.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Cast and Filmmakers on the McU’s Evolution Since ‘Iron Man’

From directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the highly anticipated superhero epic Avengers: Endgame will show the aftermath of the events set in motion by Thanos, when he wiped out half of all living things in the universe. Fractured and on a mission to save their friends by undoing everything that’s been done, the remaining Avengers will face off against Thanos in one final stand that 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been leading to. During a press conference at the film’s Los Angeles junket, co-stars Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man”), Chris Evans (“Captain America”), Chris …
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