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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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Quentin Tarantino Says He May Recut ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ to Make it Longer

Quentin Tarantino Says He May Recut ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ to Make it Longer
Quentin Tarantino is not wedded to the Cannes cut of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” He and editor Fred Raskin worked hard to finish it in time to world premiere at his favorite festival on May 21, and Tarantino told me he wouldn’t have shown it if he wasn’t ready. As soon as he was sure he could deliver, festival director Thierry Fremaux alerted the news. But even if Sony struck three wet 35mm prints of the two-hour, 39-minute Cannes version, Tarantino can still go back into the editing room, Sony chairman Tom Rothman confirmed at the premiere. A decade back, Tarantino re-edited “Inglourious Basterds” after Cannes, as well.

“I may make it longer,” said Tarantino at the Hotel Carlton, the day after audiences first saw the movie that proved to be the hottest ticket of this year’s festival by far. Raskin’s first assembly was four hours,
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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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Five Things We Learned From Stephen Malkmus in Our Podcast Interview

Five Things We Learned From Stephen Malkmus in Our Podcast Interview
In the latest episode of our podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now, Stephen Malkmus breaks down his new solo album, Groove Denied — which combines digital experimentation with some more traditionally Malkmus-ian moments — and touches on many other topics. Most notably, he hints that another Pavement reunion is back in the realm of possibility. A few highlights follow, but to hear the entire discussion, press play below or download and subscribe on iTunes or Spotify.

Pavement could play again. As recently as last year, Malkmus downplayed the chances of playing again with Pavement,
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DNA Search Method that Caught Golden State Killer No Longer Available

In April 2018, California investigators finally arrested Joseph James DeAngelo – the suspected “Golden State Killer” who committed at least 50 rapes and 13 murders in the 70s and 80s. The decades-old case was solved using GEDmatch, the genealogy website that hosts a free database of users’ DNA. Now, that avenue to crime solving is no longer available. On Saturday, GEDmatch updated its terms of service to exclude all 1.2 million users’ DNA kits from being compared to those uploaded by law enforcement unless users specifically opt in.

The change comes after BuzzFeed News reported
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Anna Kendrick, Paul Feig Reunite for Rom-Com Anthology ‘Love Life’ at WarnerMedia Streaming Service

Anna Kendrick, Paul Feig Reunite for Rom-Com Anthology ‘Love Life’ at WarnerMedia Streaming Service
A Simple Favor” star Anna Kendrick and director Paul Feig are reuniting for a romantic comedy anthology series at the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service.

Titled “Love Life,” the 10-episode half-hour series is “about 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,” according to Lionsgate Television, which will produce the show.

A romantic comedy anthology series, the show will follow a different protagonist’s quest for love each season, with each half-hour episode telling the story of one of their relationships.

Also Read: Kevin Brockman Named WarnerMedia Entertainment Communications Head

Kendrick will star in the series and executive produce alongside creator Sam Boyd, Feig and Jessie Henderson of FeigCo Entertainment. Boyd wrote the pilot and will also direct. Bridget Bedard is also an executive producer, with Dan Magnante
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‘Echo in the Canyon’ Film Review: Documentary Takes a Hazy Look at a Key Moment in Rock History

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‘Echo in the Canyon’ Film Review: Documentary Takes a Hazy Look at a Key Moment in Rock History
There are probably four or five documentaries’ worth of material to pull from the Laurel Canyon music scene and the cultural movements of late 1960s Los Angeles, but even if “Echo in the Canyon” feels slightly anemic at 85 minutes or so, there are worse ways to revisit this epochal artistic moment than via Andrew Slater’s affectionate, intimate documentary.

Though Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan is not an especially warm or generous interviewer, anecdotes and observations from musical luminaries past and present help paint a vivid portrait of the impact of that time and place upon the sound of popular music and the industry as a whole.

Combining reminiscences from the likes of Stephen Stills, Brian Wilson, Eric Clapton and the late Tom Petty with insights, opinions, and eventually, performances from contemporary figures such as Cat Power, Beck and Fiona Apple, “Echo in the Canyon” offers a halcyon survey of the
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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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Anna Kendrick, Paul Feig Team for Comedy Anthology Series at WarnerMedia Streaming Service

Anna Kendrick, Paul Feig Team for Comedy Anthology Series at WarnerMedia Streaming Service
Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig are coming to the WarnerMedia streaming service

Variety has learned that the upcoming streamer has ordered the romantic comedy anthology series “Love Life,” the first season of which will star Kendrick with Feig executive producing. WarnerMedia has ordered a 10-episode first season of the half-hour series.

The series will follow a different protagonist’s quest for love each season, with each episode telling the story of one of their relationships. The series was created by Sam Boyd, who will also direct. Kendrick will executive produce in addition to starring. Feig and Jessie Henderson will executive
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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 of the situation 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 Cohan, Ana Ortiz, Tyler James Williams and Vir Das. David Hemingson created and wrote
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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 faded 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 met. 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 attached to out-there 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. The earnings per share of 11 cents came in well short of the consensus outlook for 19 cents.

Revenues totaled $914 million, or $22 million under the consensus estimate. 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 CEO Chris Albrecht left the company in February.

Starz has been the subject of recent speculation with CBS rumored to have made a $5 billion offer that was spurned. Starz was acquired by Lionsgate in 2016 for $4.4 billion.

The report did not include the unexpectedly strong box office performance by “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.
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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. The earnings per share of 11 cents came in well short of the consensus outlook for 19 cents.

Revenues totaled $914 million, or $22 million under the consensus estimate. 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.
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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, or a loss of 72 cents per share, 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
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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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