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Kelvin Harrison Jr., Zoe Chao Join Dakota Johnson & Tracee Ellis Ross In Music-Centric Comedy ‘Covers’

Kelvin Harrison Jr., Zoe Chao Join Dakota Johnson & Tracee Ellis Ross In Music-Centric Comedy ‘Covers’
Exclusive: Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Zoe Chao are set to co-star opposite Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross in Covers, the Focus Features and Working Title Films comedy being directed by Late Night helmer Nisha Ganatra. Plot details are vague, but the pic is set among the talent, fame, and fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene.

Flora Greeson wrote the screenplay, which Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce with Alexandra Loewy as executive producer. Focus will distribute the film in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International will distribute internationally. A release date has yet to be announced.

Harrison Jr. has had a busy past couple of years, appearing in a number of films including It Comes at Night, Mudbound and Monsters and Men, among others. He’ll next be seen opposite Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts in the Sundance pic Luce, out this August,
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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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‘Men in Black: International’ Set to Launch to $40 Million on Opening Weekend

‘Men in Black: International’ Set to Launch to $40 Million on Opening Weekend
Men in Black: International is counting on audiences not wanting to get their memories zapped after they see the fourth film in the Men in Black franchise. The Men in Black International box office tracking numbers suggest that the sci-fi action film starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will open to a $40 million debut, less than half of its […]

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Anna Kendrick Anthology ‘Love Life’ Picked Up as One of the First WarnerMedia Streaming Shows

To go along with the company’s massive library, WarnerMedia now has a streaming-bound original to call its own: a romantic comedy anthology starring Anna Kendrick.

Love Life” will star Kendrick as the same character over the course of an entire season, with each of the 10 half-hour episodes centering on a different chapter in that character’s personal romantic history.

The official overview of the series lists the show as “one of the first series on WarnerMedia’s new streaming service” and “the journey from first love to last love, and how the people we’re with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever.”

The series was announced on Thursday as part of Lionsgate’s earnings call; “Love Life” will be a production of Lionsgate Television and Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment. Sam Boyd wrote the pilot and will direct the series.
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The Collider.com Podcast: Episode 200 – ‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones’

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're continuing our miniseries about the Star Wars prequels with a discussion of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. We talk about why it doesn't really work as a romance, the failed characterization of Anakin Skywalker, the one aspect of the movie that works surprisingly well, George Lucas' attention to technology over character, and more. Click here for our previous episode on The Phantom Menace. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider.com Podcast below; click here for the previous non-miniseries episode ("Game of Thrones - The Final
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Daily Podcast: How To Write Movie Reviews, Rotten Tomatoes, Jurassic World: The Ride, Men In Black: International & Spawn

Daily Podcast: How To Write Movie Reviews, Rotten Tomatoes, Jurassic World: The Ride, Men In Black: International & Spawn
On the May 23, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by weekend editor Brad Oman, and senior writer Ben Pearson, to discuss the latest film and tv news, including Rotten Tomatoes, Jurassic World: The Ride, Men In Black: International, and Spawn. And in the Mail Bag, we’ll talk about our […]

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The Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: May 23rd So you’re browsing through Netflix, looking for something to watch, but you’re in the mood for something light. Netflix’s massive library can be intimidating, especially when you’re looking for a good comedy amidst a sea of subpar entries in the genre. Not to fear, though, because we here at Collider have you covered. Below, we’ve curated a list of the very best comedies on Netflix right now. We’ve got everything from silly buddy comedies, big splashy commercial comedies, more esoteric indies, and even a couple of films that toe the …
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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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‘Spawn’ Movie Update: Todd McFarlane Threatens to Walk Away If He Has to Change His Script Too Much

‘Spawn’ Movie Update: Todd McFarlane Threatens to Walk Away If He Has to Change His Script Too Much
It’s been several months since we’ve gotten a Spawn movie update, but now Spawn creator and would-be film director Todd McFarlane has indicated that the project has hit a snag. Despite McFarlane saying “We’re going. Blumhouse, Spawn, badass, R [rating], it’s coming, get ready for it! We’re going into production,” back in 2017, he’s yet to […]

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This ‘Game of Thrones’ Character Was Originally Supposed to Survive to the End

While the hot takes on that Game of Thrones series finale might be cooling off and the wall-to-wall coverage is beginning to crumble, the story behind the story has yet to be fully told. We're here for all the behind-the-scenes anecdotes that the cast and crew would like to share now and in the years to come. And it's not all tea-spilling and sipping, sometimes there are just really interesting decisions that were made (or unmade) that would have had some pretty drastic changes in how the story ultimately played out. For example, …
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‘First Love’: Takashi Miike Delivers A Classic Shaggy Noir-Tinged Yakuza Film [Cannes Review]

What’s black and red all over? A noir-tinged yakuza film by Japanese iconoclast Takashi Miike, of course. With Miike, you never quite know what you’re going to get, both in terms of the movies’ unpredictable content and the wild range in quality. The director’s recent highlights have been the result of a productive collaboration with celebrated British producer Jeremy Thomas: “13 Assassins,” “Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai” and “Blade of the Immortal.” It’s no surprise then that Miike’s latest Thomas production “First Love“—a selection of the Directors’ Fortnight program at Cannes—finds the filmmaker at his most engaged, playful and coherent.

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‘The Proposal’ Review: Artist Turns Luis Barragán’s Legacy Into an Absorbing Caper

What’s in a name? As Romeo and Juliet knew, quite a lot. Called “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán brought his eye-catching colorful Modernism to Mexico, becoming one of the country’s most renowned artists and cultural touchstones. His personal home in Mexico City is a Unesco World Heritage site, requiring reservations weeks in advance to visit. Casa Luis Barragán houses his personal art collection, but his entire professional archive lives in Switzerland, where it is owned and strictly monitored by a single corporation. The Swiss design company Vitra controls the access and rights to all of Barragán’s work, including any photographs of his buildings. It also owns his name.

Jill Magid’s provocative new film “The Proposal” both uncovers this travesty and actively seeks to challenge it, with the ultimate goal being to return the Barragán archives to Mexico. The film is itself a provocation; a fascinating
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‘Back to the Future’ Musical Teaser Captures the Vibe of the Original Movie’s First Trailer

‘Back to the Future’ Musical Teaser Captures the Vibe of the Original Movie’s First Trailer
Last week, we learned that a Back to the Future musical would finally be opening in 2020 after first being announced all the way back in 2012. Now the first teaser trailer for the musical as arrived with Olly Dobson as Marty McFly, and it captures the vibe and style of the original teaser trailer […]

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Universal’s Jurassic World Ride Will React to Actual Weather Changes; Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Bd Wong to Reprise Their Roles

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Jurassic Park attraction was in dire need of an upgrade, and it’s finally getting one in the form of Jurassic World – The Ride, a revamped version of the old attraction which will incorporate elements from the new movies. That revamp includes a new addition that allows the ride to respond to […]

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‘Succession’: Building the Unbearable Tension of That Memorable Boardroom Sequence

One of the most stomach-wrenching episodes of TV from the past year came right in the middle of the debut season of the HBO series “Succession.” Episode 6, dubbed “Which Side are You On?” is an hour of meticulously crafted dread, culminating in one of the series’ most consequential showdowns.

Though most of the episode centers on Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and his efforts to unseat his father Logan (Brian Cox) from his position at the head of the family business, there’s a tension simmering underneath every single character interaction. From the sting of the opening credits to the use of the folk song at the end that gives the episode its title, there’s a sense of momentum building up to an uncertain “no confidence” vote at the end. Working with the episode’s director Andrij Parekh, editor Anne McCabe was tasked with making sure that climactic boardroom drama felt earned.
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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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‘Booksmart’ Screenwriter Katie Silberman on Crafting a Unique High School Movie and the New Wave of Romantic Comedies [Interview]

‘Booksmart’ Screenwriter Katie Silberman on Crafting a Unique High School Movie and the New Wave of Romantic Comedies [Interview]
When I first watched Booksmart during its world premiere at SXSW, I fell in love with this high school comedy in an instant. When we talk about the films that we wished we had while growing up, this is one of them. It feels like an instant classic. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are both […]

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‘The Traitor’ Review: An Honorable but Exasperating Biopic About the First Mob Boss to Inform on the Mafia

‘The Traitor’ Review: An Honorable but Exasperating Biopic About the First Mob Boss to Inform on the Mafia
Almost an hour into Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor” — a lively but scattershot and exasperating biopic about Tommaso Buscetta, the first Sicilian mob boss to become an informant for the authorities — the film’s charismatic protagonist (Pierfrancesco Favino) tells an interrogator a story about one of the first men he was ever assigned to kill. Bellocchio then cuts to a brief flashback that offers us more about his subject than the rest of this two-and-a-half hour film combined. The young Buscetta sees his target across a courtyard, and his target sees him. Knowing that Buscetta is there to kill him, the man takes his baby son into his arms for protection, hoping that his assassin wouldn’t risk endangering the life of an innocent child. Buscetta, a dignified man who sincerely believes his beloved Casa Nostra was once a society of honor, can’t bring himself to take the shot.
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First Trailer for ‘Abominable’ Introduces Animated Yeti Magic

With DreamWorks Animation having recently wrapped up its fantastic film franchise How to Train Your Dragon, they're hoping that an upcoming co-production with Pearl Studio might just be the first movie in a magical new franchise. The first trailer for Abominable arrived today, and it's clear that a similar storytelling style and high-flying animation will be a part of this new adventure. The story tells of a teenage girl who encounters a Yeti and then journeys with him (and her friends) to reunite him with his family. There are shades of Missing Link (and, oddly, Kubo …
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‘Dark Phoenix’ Clips Show Jessica Chastain & Sophie Turner Discuss Being Evil & Quicksilver Doing The Only Thing He Does

Believe it or not, we are just over two weeks away from a new “X-Men” film, with “Dark Phoenix” on the horizon. Remember when the Fox superhero films used to be an event? Now, if “Deadpool” doesn’t appear in the title, audiences generally couldn’t care less. But alas, the show must go on, and with “Dark Phoenix,” the long 20-year history of X-films comes to its culmination.

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