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'Curse of La Llorona' Looks to Lead Calm Weekend before the 'Avengers' Storm

'Curse of La Llorona' Looks to Lead Calm Weekend before the 'Avengers' Storm
Following a strong performance in March, the domestic box office has slowed throughout the early part of April and this weekend won't be much different. Of course, just like last April saw Avengers: Infinity War close out the month, this April will conclude with the highly anticipated release of Avengers: Endgame, and studios are making way for the release by saving any major releases for the weeks following Endgame's debut. As for this week's newcomers, we're seeing several titles made for specifically targeted audiences such as Wednesday's debuts of Breakthrough and Disneynature's Penguins along with tomorrow's launch of The Curse of La Llorona. Warner Bros. and New Line are looking at their third straight weekend with the #1 film, this time around with the horror release, The Curse of La Llorona, debuting in 3,372 locations. While not specifically billed as a new entry in the Conjuring franchise, La Llorona does co-star
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Clint Eastwood May Direct ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’

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Clint Eastwood May Direct ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’
Clint Eastwood may direct “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” a look at a security guard whose life gets turned upside down after media reports identified him as a possible suspect in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.

The film is currently set up at Disney/Fox and could reunite Eastwood with Alan Horn, the current Disney Studios chief who worked with the filmmaker when he was in charge of Warner Bros. motion picture division. Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio had originally been attached to star, but they will no longer appear in the movie. Their involvement will be limited to producing the film.

Eastwood’s involvement could change. He circled the project several years ago before opting to direct “Sully” with Tom Hanks. “O.J.: Made in America” director Ezra Edelman was last person to consider the project.

Eastwood had a box office success with last year’s drug runner drama “The Mule,
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Alex Ross Perry to Write and Direct Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Rest Stop’ for Legendary

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Alex Ross Perry to Write and Direct Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Rest Stop’ for Legendary
Alex Ross Perry will write and direct the film adaptation of Stephen King’s “Rest Stop” for Legendary, the distributor announced on Thursday.

Craig Flores will produce through his Bread & Circuses banner, while Alex Garcia and Ali Mendes will oversee for Legendary.

More to come…

Read original story Alex Ross Perry to Write and Direct Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Rest Stop’ for Legendary At TheWrap
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"Sharp Objects" (probably) won’t have a Season 2 after all

Don’t tell mama, but a second season of “Sharp Objects” is very much looking unlikely now.

Last month at SXSW, showrunner Marti Noxon shared that she and Gillian Flynn, author of the book on which the limited series is based, were having conversations about possibly continuing the Amy Adams-led hit, a la “Big Little Lies.” But Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, tells our sister site Deadline that he doubts there will be a follow-up season to the current Best Limited Series Emmy contender.

“They haven’t come to us with anything, and my suspicion is one season was right for that show,” Bloys said. “I can’t imagine getting everybody back. The hard thing about these things that are one season is trying to get everybody back together, but also, it feels like the one season was the right thing for that show. It was the right ending,
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Cannes: 2019 Lineup Includes Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Four Films by Women

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Cannes: 2019 Lineup Includes Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Four Films by Women
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival announced its lineup, boosting the number of female filmmakers in official selection to 13, four of whom will compete for the Palme d’Or. The number of Americans is also up, including Terrence Malick (“A Hidden Life”), Ira Sachs (Isabelle Huppert starrer “Frankie”), and director Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,” which was previously announced as the opening night film.

Conspicuously absent from the titles announced during the Paris-based press conference was Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in America,” which is still in editing, according to artistic director Thierry Frémaux, and which he hopes will be completed in time to premiere at Cannes.

Other high-profile films in the lineup include Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory,” now playing in Spanish cinemas, and new films from past Palme d’Or winners Ken Loach (“Sorry We Missed You”), who has competed 13 times before, and
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Fox Cancels Marvel Drama "The Gifted," Comedy "Rel"

Fox Cancels Marvel Drama
Fox has canceled the Marvel drama “The Gifted” after two seasons and Lil Rel Howery comedy “Rel” after one season, Variety has learned.

“Gifted” was set in the Marvel “X-Men” universe and followed a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

After the show’s first season averaged a 1.0 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 3.31 million total viewers, the average rating for season
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Tessa Thompson thinks 'Thor 4' has been pitched to Marvel

Tessa Thompson thinks 'Thor 4' has been pitched to Marvel
Tessa Thompson, one of the stars of Thor: Ragnarok, says that Thor 4, directed by Taika Waititi, has been pitched.

Thor might not have gotten off to the most blockbuster start but the franchise’s latest effort, Thor Ragnarok, certainly captured the imagination, delighting fans and critics around the world.

The future of characters like Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond Avengers: Endgame isn’t quite clear at the moment but fans of the Asgardian will be delighted to hear that Thor 4, directed by Taika Waititi, has been pitched, according to Tessa Thompson. In a recent interview with La Times, she said:

“I heard that a pitch has happened for [another Thor film]. I don’t know how real that intel is, but I hear that the pitch has happened. I think the idea is Taika Waititi [who directed ‘Ragnarok‘] would come back.”

Does the idea of Thor 4 directed by Waititi sound good to you? Let us know in the comments below on Twitter @flickeringmyth…

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HBO Preps Docuseries on NXIVM, Self-Help Group Tied To Sex-Trafficking Case

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HBO Preps Docuseries on NXIVM, Self-Help Group Tied To Sex-Trafficking Case
It sounded like a screenplay the moment the feds unsealed the indictments, and now HBO Documentary Films is producing a docuseries exploring the NXIVM organization. That’s the name of the ersatz self-improvement group with which Smallville alumna Allison Mack was involved. She recently pleaded guilty to racketeering charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in the case.

Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated driectors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer are helming the untitled series, which will follow a range of people who joined the group. NXIVM has been under siege, with serious federal charges brought against its highest members including founder Keith Raniere. The program will take a deep, nuanced look at experiences of its members, spotlighting their universal desire for personal growth, HBO said.

Noujaim’s interest in the subject began in 2010 when she took NXIVM's introductory “Executive Success Program” workshop.
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Why There's a Good Chance We Might See Anakin in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

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Why There's a Good Chance We Might See Anakin in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'
Between his love for his family and his rise to evil, Anakin Skywalker flaunts one of the richest stories of any antihero in Star Wars and, more broadly, pop culture. The release of The Rise of Skywalker is just around the corner, and we can't help but wonder if this iconic fallen Jedi will return to cap off the sequel trilogy. Luckily, there are certainly many factors that point toward a tentative yes, so let's investigate them closely.

Hayden Christensen, who plays Anakin in the prequels, hasn't been officially confirmed as part of the cast. Still, we can't imagine the third trilogy ending without Anakin. With Palpatine's return, it only makes sense that Anakin will come back to complete a full-circle narrative with the prequel and original trilogies in mind. Remember that the new title is The Rise of Skywalker. While this could refer to Ben Solo, who, through Leia,
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Noah Centineo’s ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Pushed To 2020, Distressing Teens & Middle-Aged Toy Collectors Worldwide

Noah Centineo’s ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Pushed To 2020, Distressing Teens & Middle-Aged Toy Collectors Worldwide
If you listen closely, you’ll hear the combined cries of middle-aged men and teenage girls from around the world. Why? Because it’s been announced that the upcoming adaptation of popular ‘80s toy line/cartoon “Masters of the Universe” has been pushed back from later this year until 2020. That means that we still are at least a year away from heartthrob Noah Centineo showing us what he’s got as the popular character He-Man.
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British Actress Mya-Lecia Naylor Dead at 16

British Actress Mya-Lecia Naylor Dead at 16
British child star Mya-Lecia Naylor has died at the age of 16. Mya-Lecia was a rising star in England, where she starred on popular children's series Millie Inbetween and the popular show Almost Never. In a statement to E! News, Alice Webb, Director at BBC Childrens said, "We are distraught and so terribly sad to hear the news about Mya. She has shone so brightly on our screens, both in Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, and it's unthinkable that she won't be part of our journey going forward." Webb added, "She was hugely popular with our audience, a very talented actress, dancer and singer, and a real role model for her young fans." According to...
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TV News Roundup: Netflix’s Drops Trailer for Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong Series ‘Tuca & Bertie’ (Watch)

TV News Roundup: Netflix’s Drops Trailer for Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong Series ‘Tuca & Bertie’ (Watch)
In today’s roundup, “Cobra Kai” moves up its second season premiere on April 24 and Netflix releases the trailer for “Tuca & Bertie,” starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong.

First Looks

Netflix has released the trailer for its new animated comedy series “Tuca & Bertie.” The series stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as two 30 year-old bird women who form a friendship after living in the same apartment building. Lina Hanawalt (“BoJack Horseman”) created the series and serves as an executive producer alongside Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, and Haddish and Wong. Guest performers include Nicole Byer, Richard E. Grant,
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‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ Star Jimmie Fails Signs With CAA

‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ Star Jimmie Fails Signs With CAA
Jimmie Fails, co-writer and star of “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” has signed with CAA for representation.

The drama, inspired by Fails’ own life, had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In his review for Variety, chief film critic Peter Debruge described the film as “a gorgeous and touchingly idealistic movie centered on a young man who refuses to give up on the dream of one day moving back into his childhood home.” He wrote, “Joe Talbot’s moody debut, inspired by best friend Jimmie Fails’ obsession with his childhood home, shows promise, despite its thin premise.”

Joe Talbot directed the movie, which was Fails’ feature debut. Jonathan Majors also stars in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” produced by Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner’s Plan B Entertainment.

A24 will release “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” on June 14.

Fails, who
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See Billy Elliot Actor Flirt With Nazism in ‘Skin’ Trailer

See Billy Elliot Actor Flirt With Nazism in ‘Skin’ Trailer
Jamie Bell, who once played the adorable little Billy Elliot who only wanted to dance ballet, flirts with becoming a neo-Nazi in the upcoming film Skin. In a trailer for the film, Bell has covered his face with tattoos and struggles with his identity — racial and otherwise — as he talks to both a bearded supremacist and an African American who offers to help him. “What if I take all this stuff off and I’m still a piece of shit?” he asks himself at one point. He denies his family,
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6 Scandals the Mueller Report Puts to Rest

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The release of the redacted Mueller report raises nearly as many questions as it answers. What’s under the many redactions in the section about WikiLeaks? What are the dozen non-public investigations that Mueller’s team referred out? How did Attorney General William Barr think he was going to get away with that shameful four-page summary of the special counsel’s work?

But the Mueller team has also done America a public service by sorting through some of the most contested moments of the Trump era and telling the public: From what we found,
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‘I Wish I Had Never Met Her’: Former Anna Delvey Friend Testifies Against Fake Heiress

Rachel DeLoache Williams, a former Vanity Fair photo editor who wrote a viral article about fake German heiress Anna Delvey (a.k.a. Anna Sorokin), testified on Wednesday and Thursday about how Sorokin allegedly scammed her out of $62,000 following a trip the two took to Morocco.

During cross-examination on Thursday, Williams became highly emotional recounting the fallout from her relationship with Delvey. “This is the most traumatic thing I have ever been through,” she said through tears. “I wish I had never met Anna. If I could have gone back
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Los Tucanes de Tijuana on Making History as Coachella’s First Norteño Act

“How many Mexicans are here tonight? I mean, here on this unforgettable afternoon?” said Mario Quintero Lara, who stood front and center at Coachella’s main stage last Friday. He’s the frontman of the legendary banda ensemble Los Tucanes de Tijuana, who in 2019, became the first-ever norteño ensemble to perform at Coachella. Greeted by thousands of festival goers — a sea of colorful faces, of many ages, races, and persuasions — Los Tucanes opened Weekend One by stoking the biggest and most unlikely Mexican quebradita dance-off the California fest has seen in its 20 year history.
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Film Review: ‘Stuck’

Film Review: ‘Stuck’
A stalled New York City subway carriage serves as a toe-tapping musical Petri dish for six socioeconomically diverse souls in the unique stage-to-screen musical adaptation “Stuck.” Sharing a stylistic template with its 2016 left-coast cousin “La La Land” (which it predated Off-Broadway by a good four years), the film’s 2017 copyright suggests a missed opportunity for momentum that could be made up by the positive word-of-mouth (generated by the film’s fest-circuit delay) for a modest achievement that benefits from a lot of heart and not being like anything else out there.

“I bring a measure of grace to the world,” says Shakespeare-spouting homeless philosopher Lloyd, a dishevelled yet dignified Greek chorus who sets the stage in song: “It’s a common notion that the universe will shove together people who uniquely offer what the other needs.”

With that, the train on which he seems to live grinds to a halt.
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‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Film Review: Haunting Memory Play Culminates in Bravura 3D Sequence

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‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Film Review: Haunting Memory Play Culminates in Bravura 3D Sequence
Not to be confused with Eugene O’Neill’s play or any of its subsequent screen adaptations, Chinese box office phenomenon “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” is a mesmerizing hallucination of a film, a journey through one man’s memories for a truth that may not exist. Tang Wei and Huang Jue play a doomed romantic pair in Bi Gan’s languid thriller, which owes a tremendous debt to the likes of Tarkovsky, Malick and Wong Kar-wai even as it forges its own indelible, impressionistic path.

Huang (“The Hidden Sword”) plays Luo Hongwu, a man returning to his hometown of Kaili after the death of his father. Besieged by memories of his past — including a relationship with gangster’s moll Wan Qiwen, who disappeared many years ago on the eve of them running away together — Luo revisits old acquaintances and reflects on the impact of the people he has lost.
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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Film Review: Mexican Folklore Gets Whitewashed in Disappointing Horror Effort

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When I was about eight years old, my little sister and I developed a habit of sneaking out of our bedroom in the middle of the night to go watch TV in the living room. We weren’t the most stealthy kids, so obviously we were caught a few times. The last time we snuck out, it was our grandmother who found us watching Looney Tunes in the middle of the night, and as she yelled at us in Spanish, told us that if we continued to misbehave, La Llorona would come to snatch us both, and take us to be with her forever, because she looked for little kids who didn’t listen to their parents.

For many nights after, my sister and I lied still, staring at every shadow, jumping at every tiny sound, and wondering if La Llorona would get us if we dared get out of our beds.
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