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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend
In case you haven’t heard, “Avengers: Infinity War” is heading towards an opening weekend that could end all opening weekends.

The Marvel superhero adventure is eyeing a debut weekend of $225 million to $245 million, with a possibility of even crossing the $250 million mark. If numbers reach the end of that range, “Infinity War” could have one of the biggest debuts of all time. The hefty launch should go a long way to justify its wildly expensive price tag of somewhere from $300 million to $400 million.

As of now, the biggest opening weekend of all time belongs to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which bowed with $248 million in 2015 and went on to make over $936.6 million domestically. Only five films in history have hit the $200 million mark in their debuts.

“Infinity War” picks up two years after the events of “Captain America: Civil War” with the Avengers teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy
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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Netflix Announces Follow Up Series; Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis Return

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Netflix Announces Follow Up Series; Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis Return
Netflix is heading to San Francisco. Today, the streaming service announced they've ordered a follow-up series to Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. Based on the novels of Maupin, the original 1993 miniseries followed a group of people living in San Francisco during the 1970s and '80s. The cast included Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Barbara Garrick, Thomas Gibson, and Billy Campbell. The series spawned two sequels, More Tales of the City (1998) and Further Tales of the City (2001).
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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]

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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]
While at CinemaCon, we had the chance to sit down and talk to director Antoine Fuqua for his upcoming sequel, The Equalizer 2 and posed the question about tackling the comic book genre after making waves in the action and crime thriller genre. Fuqua said he was approached for Morbius: The Living Vampire at Sony as he's a Spider-Man villain primarily. Here's what he had to say:
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Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage

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Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage
Will Smith’s take on a beloved Disney character came into focus on Tuesday, during the studio’s presentation to U.S. movie theater owners at CinemaCon.

Disney distribution executive Cathleen Taff showed exhibitors a behind-the-scenes package from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live adaptation of “Aladdin” — the first time anyone has seen Smith step into the role made famous by the voice work of Robin Williams.

“To state the obvious, no one could replicate the iconic performance of Robin Williams,” Taff said.
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Alden Ehrenreich Has a 3-Movie Deal as Han Solo

Alden Ehrenreich Has a 3-Movie Deal as Han Solo
It looks like we may be seeing more young Han Solo showing up in the future. Alden Ehrenreich is set to portray the legendary smuggler in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which arrives in theaters next month. While there are a lot of questions marks about that movie specifically and the future of the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is prepared to bring Ehrenreich back as Han Solo, as the actor has confirmed he has a three movie deal with the studio.

Alden Ehrenreich has some very big shoes to fill. Really, it's hard to imagine bigger shoes to fill than taking up the mantle of Harrison Ford's Han Solo, but that's what the 28-year-old actor has on his shoulders. In a recent interview leading up to the release of Solo, Ehrenreich was asked about his deal with Lucasfilm. He was clearly a bit unsure if he was supposed to
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'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon

'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon
Amazon Studios is taking advantage of the buzz around A Quiet Place star John Krasinski.

Months ahead of its series debut, the streamer and retail giant has handed out an early second season renewal for Krasinski-fronted series Jack Ryan.

Not set to premiere until Aug. 31, the eight-episode drama is based on Tom Clancy's popular CIA books. Krasinski stars as the titular character in the drama that follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

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Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red

Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red
According to a new rumor, Disney is developing a new live-action Snow White spinoff film called Rose Red and they are looking to cast Captain Marvel star Brie Larson in the lead role. It seems like another role that she would be perfect for.

The story is a revisionist take that transposes Rose Red into the Snow White tale, making her a key player in the later moments of the classic story. When Snow White takes a bite from the iconic poison apple and falls into her Sleeping Death, her estranged sister, Rose Red, must undertake a dangerous quest with Grumpy and the other dwarfs to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life.

This is definitely an interesting and fresh cinematic approach to taking on the classic fairytale. There's no director attached to the project yet, but apparently, the studio is currently on the hunt for one.
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman confirmed at CinemaCon that the upcoming sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be released in theaters on Christmas 2019. He also confirmed that Dwayne Johnson will return to reprise his role and Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan are also expected to return but that hasn't been confirmed.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was a huge success for Sony Pictures. It's made over $956 million dollars, and it recently became Sony's highest grossing domestic release of all time beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Audiences loved this movie and the studio betting that they will all return for a sequel. The upcoming film is already in development and is being written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. There's no director attached to the film yet, but Jake Kasdan directed the Welcome To The Jungle film. I imagine the studio will try to bring the director back on board if they can.
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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bail in Sex Trafficking Case

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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bail in Sex Trafficking Case
Bail for “Smallville” actress Allison Mack was set at $5 million in a Tuesday hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court as she was released to serve home detention.

Mack was indicated on April 19 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in New York federal court. She appeared before Magistrate Viktor V. Pohorelsky at the Brooklyn courthouse in New York’s Eastern District.

The expectation is that Mack is cutting a deal with prosecutors to provide information against NXIUM founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested last month in Mexico and remains in federal custody. A bail hearing for Raniere is set for next week.

Her mother, Melinda Mack, was in court and put up her home in Los Alamitos, Calif. as collateral for the bail, in addition to property and a bank account owned by Allison Mack. The actress accused of helping run a secretive sex cult appeared
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Ratings: ABC Still Wins With ‘Roseanne’ Repeat Marathon

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Ratings: ABC Still Wins With ‘Roseanne’ Repeat Marathon
Roseanne” keeps bringing ABC those impressive Tuesday primetime ratings, even when its just repeats.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 5.3 million, according to preliminary numbers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.1/4 and first in viewers with 6.5 million.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.8/3 and fourth in viewers with 3 million.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and second in viewers with 6.3 million.

Univision and The CW tied for fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2.

The CW was fifth in viewers with 1.7 million.

Univision was sixth in viewers with 1.5 million.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

More to come…

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Stocks Soar for Comcast and Sky After $31 Billion Offer

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Investors are proving bullish on whichever company, Comcast or 21st Century Fox, ends up acquiring Sky Plc. This comes following Comcast’s $31 billion offer for the U.K.-based broadcaster, which was announced Wednesday morning.

After opening at $33.18 per share, Comcast’s stock price has risen nearly four percent since the market opened Wednesday to $34.59 per share. Following the offer, which was 16 percent higher than Fox’s competing bid, Sky’s independent directors announced they were withdrawing their recommendation that shareholders accept the Fox offer.

But Fox, which reiterated Wednesday that it is committed to its prior offer and would consider all options, appeared to placate wary investors. After opening at $35.79 per share, Fox’s stock has since grown 2.8 percent to $37.03. It seems that Fox’s investors are betting on Fox not giving up so easily despite Comcast’s superior bid.

Also Read: Comcast Tops Q1 Earnings Estimates Thanks to Winter Olympics and Super Bowl

Sky, after a relatively quiet morning, opening down slightly at £13.05 per share in London, saw its stock price jump shortly after the Comcast announcement to £13.54 per share, and has since settled in around £13.56, a gain of 3.6 percent.

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Spike Lee Looks at the World Differently After 'Black Panther'

Spike Lee Looks at the World Differently After 'Black Panther'
Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee didn't want to spend an hour on the Tribeca Film Festival stage discussing their own movies. Instead, they each picked one favorite film to kick off a wife-ranging conversation that touched on their New York upbringings, crafts as an actor and director, respectively, and the game-changing Black Panther.

Baldwin, who led the conversation in downtown New York City on Tuesday night, picked 1954's On the Waterfront, starring one of his young acting idols Marlon Brando, as his movie of choice, while Lee chose 1951's A Place in the Sun — starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters.

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Who will be the biggest surprise on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’? [Poll]

Who will be the biggest surprise on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’? [Poll]
It happens every season. You peruse the “Dancing with the Stars” cast, make your predictions based on name and reputation, and are proven wrong. There is always someone you underestimated or overestimated — whether it’s their dance ability or fan support or overall appeal, or all of the above — who does better or worse than most people expected. Who will be that person this season?

Our “Dancing” odds have Adam Rippon winning, with Mirai Nagasu and, perhaps most surprisingly, Tonya Harding, next in line to take home the Mirrorball. Harding’s casting has been very divisive, but she does have supporters and she can ride her redemption story. Or maybe folks are banking on figure skaters’ past success on the show? Chris Mazdzer, the first luger on the show, is in fourth place and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, looking to be the fifth football player to win, is in fifth place.
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Marvel President Kevin Feige Explains Origin of McU’s Post-Credit Scenes

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Marvel is known for its elaborate and revealing post-credit scenes, and now, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige explains where the idea for them came from.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Feige said he was watching “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” for the first time when Matthew Broderick’s characters pokes his head in after the credits and tells everyone to go home.

“It was the greatest thing in the world,” Feige said. “I thought it was hilarious. It was like a little reward for me for sitting through the credits.”

Also Read: 'Black Panther' Post-Credits Scene Explained: What You Need to Know About White Wolf

Now, mid- and post-credit scenes connect all the franchise’s various superheroes and often times reveal things about upcoming McU films. And we all remember the first post-credits scene from “Iron Man,” when Tony Stark is greeted by Nick Fury in his mansion and Samuel L. Jackson’s character tells him he isn’t the only superhero in the world.

“It occurred to us [while making ‘Iron Man’], ‘Well, we don’t have ‘X-Men,’ we don’t have ‘Fantastic Four,’ we don’t have ‘Spider-Man,’ but we have everything else,'” he said. “Even though everything else hadn’t been turned into a big film before, or had the name recognition among non-comic-book readers that others ones did, we had the opportunity to start putting certain heroes in other heroes’ movies, which hadn’t been done before. It’s a bonus of what’s to come.”

Some post-credit scenes come up during production, like the “Iron Man 2” tag where Coulson goes into the desert and finds the hammer, and for “Avengers,” the post-credit scene came to fruition when they were finishing up VFX shots and they put in a little shawarma shot when Robert Downey Jr. gets smashed into the ground. That’s why the Avengers assemble at the Shawarma Palace in the tag.

Also Read: 'Thor: Ragnarok': How That Mid-Credits Scene Sets Up 'Avengers: Infinity War'

After so many post-credits scenes, Feige clearly has a favorite.

“I love them all for so many different reasons,” he said. “The Nick Fury one obviously because it was the first. Two things that have happened as we have continued making our McU movies is, I remember Stan Lee cameos, there would be a couple of people in the theater who would clap, and then there would be a couple more, and now every single person in the theater knows Stan and recognizes Stan.

He added, “It was the same thing [with credits]: Sometimes there would be three people left in the theater for a tag, and now it’s like, it varies, but it could be three-quarters of a theater staying, or as people start to leave, they’ll go, ‘Where are you going?’ which I find very entertaining. So I would say the Fury one because it was our first. We planted our flag on that. And the shawarma one just because we pulled it off. [Laughs] It felt so perfect.”

Read the full EW interview here.

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Fox Searchlight Promotes Production Execs

Fox Searchlight Pictures on Wednesday promoted two of its top production executives as it settles its new ranks under new presidents of production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum.

U.K.-based Katie Goodson-Thomas has been promoted to senior vp production, and Taylor Friedman has been upped to vp production, effective immediately. “Katie and Taylor each possess remarkable creative instincts and rigorous dedication to their projects, and to Searchlight as a whole," Los Angeles-based Greenbaum and Greenfield said in a statement.

Greenbaum and Greenfield were recently promoted at Fox Searchlight after they shepherded award-winning films including this year's best picture Oscar winner The Shape...
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Viacom Boss Bob Bakish Praises New Paramount Management for ‘A Quiet Place’ Success

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Bob Bakish is thrilled about the box office performance of John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and he’s singling out new Paramount Pictures management for a large portion of the horror movie’s success.

“This is the first film that was both produced and released under the new management team,” Bakish said Wednesday on his company’s earnings conference call. “That has shown up in the quality of the exact film, the cost discipline, the way it was marketed.”

Don’t freak out, Krasinski fans, Bakish also gave a nod to the “quality” of the movie in his response to a media analyst’s question about how Paramount handled its big hit differently.

Also Read: 'A Quiet Place' Roars Back to Top Box Office Spot With $21 Million

The Viacom boss is looking ahead to more of the same from his studio. Bakish’s relatively new team has already greenlit and dated a dozen films for 2019, and he thinks they’ll add four more.

He believes the slate’s quality matches its beefed-up quantity.

“We’re excited about the diversity and balance of the upcoming slate,” Bakish said. “When I talked to Jim [Gianopulos] even before he joined the company and he looked at our ’17 slate, he was troubled by its construction. This slate that we have for ’19 [has] a great balance of tentpoles, almost half of the films are modestly priced — budgets $25 million or less — and of course, as I’ve said before, branded films play a prominent part in the slate as well.”

Also Read: Viacom Beats on Q2 Earnings Despite Domestic TV Declines, a Way Down Box Office

“So, [I’m] very excited about the capabilities of this team [and] also their relationships in the creative community for sourcing product,” he said.

“At the end of the day, great management matters and we have great management at Paramount,” Bakish concluded.

Read about Viacom’s actual Q2 earnings here.

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With ‘Westworld’ stars going lead, who will be the biggest beneficiary in Best Drama Supporting Actor Emmy race? [Poll]

HBO is making a bold move by shifting “Westworld” stars Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris from supporting to lead for the Emmys, ostensibly freeing up two spots in Best Drama Supporting Actor. Only Wright was nominated last year in supporting, but both stars were favored to get in this year. Now with them being Mia, along with defending champ John Lithgow (“The Crown”), Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”) and Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), it’s open season for a number of names to make the shortlist — some for the very first time. Who has the best chances of taking advantage of this wide-open field?

David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) and Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) are 1-2 in our odds and seem like locks, as does Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) on a smaller scale. Patinkin, in fourth place, returned last year after a two-year absence and is the last remaining flagbearer for the once-hot Showtime drama.
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Apos Deals Roundup: Viu Launches 70 Titles, Astro’s Tribe Expands in Indonesia

Viu, a leading pan-Asian Ott video service backed by Hong Kong’s Pccw Media Group, is expanding its original content initiative with the commissioning of some 70 titles and over 900 episodes of locally produced content by the end of 2018. Shows include those sourced in Indian, Chinese, Indonesian and Arabic languages. The platform now boasts over 16 million monthly active users across Asia. Shows include “Spotlight 2” produced by Bollywood director Vikram Bhatt, and “Kenapa Harus Bule?” by Indonesian director Andri Cune. “The Bridge,” a popular international TV series, will be remade with Asia context and filmed in Singapore and Malaysia. Viu previously launched feature movie “High Jack,
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Turner, CAA Sports Partner on NFL vs. NBA Charity Golf Tournament

Turner Sports and CAA Sports are teaming up on a charity golf tournament that will pit top sports stars against each other.

The two-day golf event, hosted by Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, will follow a common international team format pitting a group of current and past NFL greats against NBA all-stars and legends.

“Golf is a favorite sport of mine and I’m thrilled to be hosting this unique tournament where NBA and NFL athletes will trade the court and field for the green,” said Paul. “Competitiveness is essential in our
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Danai Gurira on All-Female ‘Avengers’ Movie: ‘There’s This Hunger for This Type of Thing’ (Video)

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Danai Gurira on All-Female ‘Avengers’ Movie: ‘There’s This Hunger for This Type of Thing’ (Video)
Danai Gurira has also heard those rumors about the possibility of an all-female “Avengers” movie, and she believes it’s absolutely time for one.

“I keep hearing this rumor also,” she said during her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday. “The cool thing is that it’s showing there’s this hunger for this type of thing. The awesome Brie Larson is filming ‘Captain Marvel’ as we speak… It’s exciting because it’s showing that yeah, of course, it’s time we start seeing the perspective of a story come exclusively from women. Magic happens when women do their thang.”

“I can do superhuman things, so if you need me at all, there are things I can do,” DeGeneres weighed in, just in case the all-female “Avengers” movie comes into fruition any time soon.

Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Star Danai Gurira Says Season Premiere Won't Be Like Negan's Execution

According to Observer, Tessa Thompson last October revealed that the women of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had pitched an idea for an all-female “Avengers” film.

However, at the Tribeca Film Festival, Thompson told the outlet, “I don’t know. That was kind of an offhand thing, and then the press really ran with it. The extent to which the press ran with it is also an expression of what ripe a time it is for something like that. That people are hungry for it, that people are interested in it.”

Also Read: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Reviews Are in and Critics (Mostly) Love Marvel's Cosmic Crossover

Marvel films have starred Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Thompson, Evangeline Lilly, Lupita Nyong’o and Gurira.

The actress is reprising her “Black Panther” role in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War,” and when asked what she can tell us about the latter film, she said, “Absolutely nothing,”

Avengers: Infinity War” was directed by the Russo brothers and will hit theaters on Friday.

Watch the video above.

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