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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaches $169 Million Globally After Record-Breaking Opening Day

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaches $169 Million Globally After Record-Breaking Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” was the number one film in every international market it opened in on Wednesday, earning $169 million globally in its first day in release overseas.

TheWrap reported Wednesday that the Marvel superhero film had a record midnight screening opening in China and earned $107.5 million on its opening night, the highest ever for a Hollywood film in the region. And “Avengers: Endgame” posted similarly record-breaking figures in 25 markets in all.

“Endgame” had the highest industry opening day in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Greece and Egypt. It fell to number 3 in Singapore, Austria, Iceland and Germany, number two in Italy and was just the highest ever MCU title in France.

“Endgame” opens Thursday in the U.K., but the $169 million total did not include any midnight screening numbers from the U.K.
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Bond 25 Team Reveals Cast, Plot Details, But No Title

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Bond 25 Team Reveals Cast, Plot Details, But No Title
James Bond’s next adventure will go untitled for a little longer.

In a promotional video tied to the start of production on the upcoming 007 sequel, the filmmakers behind the movie unveiled the cast, confirmed that Oscar-winner Rami Malek will be the villain, but stopped short of sharing a moniker for the spy thriller. It will continue under its working title of Bond 25. The film’s producers and star Daniel Craig did hint at certain plot details even if many of the castings they confirmed had been widely reported.

“We’ve got quite a ride in store for Mr. Bond,” promised producer Barbara Broccoli. She also left a few breadcrumbs about what that ride might entail, telling viewers that the film will start with Bond out of active service and on holiday.

“He’s enjoying himself in Jamaica,” said Broccoli, who added that the production has built an “extraordinary
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Demian Bichir Announces Death of Wife Stefanie Sherk at Age 37

Demian Bichir Announces Death of Wife Stefanie Sherk at Age 37
Canadian actress and model Stefanie Sherk has passed away at the age of 37.

Sherk's husband, actor Demian Bichir, shared the heartbreaking news in a message to his followers on Instagram. Along with a photo of Sherk, Bichir wrote, "Dear friends, On behalf of the Sherk and the Bichir Nájera families, it is with inconceivable pain that I announce that on April 20, 2019, our dearest Stefanie Sherk, my beloved and loving wife, passed away peacefully."

"It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don't know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain," his message continued. "Stefanie's beautiful, angelical and talented presence will be immensely...
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'Avengers: Endgame' Set for Global Domination, Can It Deliver a $300M Domestic Debut?

'Avengers: Endgame' Set for Global Domination, Can It Deliver a $300M Domestic Debut?
In 2008 we saw the birth of what has come to be known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Iron Man. Eleven years, 21 films and $18.6 billion in worldwide ticket sales later, that universe has come to redefine the idea of the modern blockbuster. This weekend Avengers: Endgame will give audiences the ending they were promised all those years ago, concluding the events that began with last year's record-breaking release of Avengers: Infinity War, en route to a sure-fire record breaking performance of its own. Before a single frame outside of the trailers had been seen, Disney and Marvel Studios's Avengers: Endgame began breaking records. In its first seven days of pre-sales, the film sold "five times" as many tickets as Avengers: Infinity War according to online ticket retailer Fandango.com and since then it remains the company's top pre-seller of all-time. Further more, the film will open
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The CW Renews ‘All American,’ ‘The 100,’ ‘In The Dark’ and ‘Roswell, New Mexico’

The CW Renews ‘All American,’ ‘The 100,’ ‘In The Dark’ and ‘Roswell, New Mexico’
The CW has announced a flurry of renewals.

Three of the network’s freshman shows, “All American,” “Roswell, New Mexico” and “In The Dark,” will return for second seasons, as well as “The 100,” which gets a seventh outing. This means that all five of The CW’s first-year shows, including the previously-renewed “Legacies” and “Charmed,” have been picked up for a sophomore run, a first for the network.

The sixth season of “The 100” is set to premiere on April 30, and will see the characters descending to a new planet after being frozen in stasis pods on a spaceship for decades,
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day

‘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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‘Homeland’ Creators Ink Multi-Year Overall Deal at Sony

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‘Homeland’ Creators Ink Multi-Year Overall Deal at Sony
Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have signed a multi-year overall deal at Sony Pictures Television, Variety has confirmed.

The new deal means the duo will depart their longtime home at 20th Century Fox Television. In addition to Gordon and Gansa, Sony’s current roster of creators under overall deals includes Norman Lear, Anthony Hemingway, Gloria Calderon Kellett, and Vince Gilligan.

Gordon and Gansa are best known for creating the critically-acclaimed Showtime series “Homeland,” based on the Israeli “Prisoners of War.” “Homeland” has received 39 Emmy Award nominations across seven seasons, picking up eight wins in total. The eighth and final season of the series is set to air later this year. Their other credits include “24,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The X-Files.”

Gansa and Gordon’s new deal was negotiated by Wme and Gendler & Kelly.

This is the latest in an ever-growing strong of top creators signing rich new deals
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Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Movies to Watch

Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Movies to Watch
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday with a slate of movies from up-and-coming filmmakers and established directors that tackle hot-button issues such as gun violence, homophobia, and gender discrimination.

The annual celebration of film was originally founded by Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal to encourage people to return to a corner of Manhattan that was still reeling from the 9/11 attacks. Well, downtown is largely rebuilt, but the festival is still going strong, with a particular emphasis on inclusion and representation. Of the more than 100 features that will debut at this edition of Tribeca, 40% are directed by women, 29% by people of color and 13% by Lgbtq filmmakers.

Now in its 18th year, Tribeca has grown to encompass television series, shorts, gaming, and virtual reality. But it’s the indie movies that provide the biggest sizzle. Here’s a look at nine acquisition titles that could have buyers circling.
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‘Swamp Thing’ Trailer: There’s Something in the Water in the DC Universe

‘Swamp Thing’ Trailer: There’s Something in the Water in the DC Universe
The comic book character Swamp Thing hasn’t appeared in film or television in a significant way since the 1990s, but that’s about to change when he gets his own live-action series on the DC Universe streaming service this summer. We caught a quick glimpse of the character in a brief teaser last week, but now […]

The post ‘Swamp Thing’ Trailer: There’s Something in the Water in the DC Universe appeared first on /Film.
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'Warrior' Renewed for Season 2 on Cinemax

'Warrior' Renewed for Season 2 on Cinemax
Cinemax's Bruce Lee-inspired drama Warrior will fight another day.

The premium cabler has renewed the show for a second season. It's a fairly quick pickup for the series, coming after just three episodes.

The pickup is the first for Cinemax since HBO Films president Len Amato added the channel to his purview following the departure of longtime executive Kary Antholis.

"Bruce Lee's vision is alive and well," said Amato. "Warrior combines high-energy martial arts with wit and brains. We're thrilled to renew such a great show for a second season on Cinemax."

Warrior is ...
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Amazon’s ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Sets Summer Release

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Amazon’s ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Sets Summer Release
Brittany Runs a Marathon” will be rushing to theaters on Aug. 23.

Amazon Studios dated the comedy on Wednesday. The pic, starring Jillian Bell, won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. The flick follows the titular Brittany, who decides to run around New York City in order to improve her failing health when her party-girl lifestyle catches up with her.

Paul Downs Colaizzo, an award-winning playwright, makes his directorial debut with “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” based on the real-life experiences of his best friend Brittany.

Amazon bought the movie following its Sundance premiere in a massive $14 million deal. In his review for Variety, Dennis Harvey said the pic “earns every emotional beat that might seem formulaic in four out of five similar enterprises.”

Alice Lee (“Sierra Burgess Is a Loser”) plays Brittany’s aspiring Instagram-influencer roommate Gretchen, while Micah Stock (“Escape at Dannemora”) portrays a new friend from Brittany’s running group.
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Santa Fe Studios Competes With Other New Mexico Stages for Streaming Business

Albuquerque Studios entered the spotlight last October when it was purchased by Netflix. While the complex is clearly the jewel in the crown of New Mexico’s production infrastructure, with eight soundstages totaling 132,000 square feet, 100,000 square feet of production offices, a large backlot and support space, it’s not the only modern studio facility in the Land of Enchantment.

In fact, before Netflix set up shop in Albuquerque, the bulk of its productions in the state were based some 60 miles northeast at Santa Fe Studios, which boasts two 19,275-square-foot soundstages, 25,000 square feet of production offices and a 57-acre backlot. Operated
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Santa Fe Studios Competes With Other New Mexico Stages for Streaming Business

Albuquerque Studios entered the spotlight last October when it was purchased by Netflix. While the complex is clearly the jewel in the crown of New Mexico’s production infrastructure, with eight soundstages totaling 132,000 square feet, 100,000 square feet of production offices, a large backlot and support space, it’s not the only modern studio facility in the Land of Enchantment.

In fact, before Netflix set up shop in Albuquerque, the bulk of its productions in the state were based some 60 miles northeast at Santa Fe Studios, which boasts two 19,275-square-foot soundstages, 25,000 square feet of production offices and a 57-acre backlot. Operated by the Hool family (brothers Lance and Conrad Hool and Lance’s son Jason), it has hosted the Netflix series “Godless” and “Longmire” and the streamer’s features “The Ridiculous 6” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” as well the Season 3 finale of “House of Cards.”

The Hools bought the
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Review: Pink Goes Deeper Than Ever on ‘Hurts 2B Human’

Review: Pink Goes Deeper Than Ever on ‘Hurts 2B Human’
Life changes after you seen Pink live in concert. For one thing, every time you hear a new Pink song you can’t help but wonder: “Will this be in the flying portion of the show or is it more of a slow-dance martial arts number?” On her eighth album Hurts 2B Human, there are chest-beating, middle-finger jabbing anthems in every shade of Pink (from Valentine’s Day Pink to Blood-Runs-Pink Pink). At the top of the track list are definite live set additions like the boogie-woogie-ing “Hustle” (“I live
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Producers Guild Promotes Susan Sprung to National Executive Director and COO

Producers Guild Promotes Susan Sprung to National Executive Director and COO
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is promoting Susan Sprung to the roles of national executive director and chief operating officer, the guild announced Thursday.

Sprung and executive director/COO Vance Van Petten will co-lead the expansion of the guild’s major initiatives, including its diversity and green production initiatives, Producers Mark, the PGA Awards, and the bi-annual Produced By Conference. She’ll also co-lead the Foundation’s Independent Production Safety Initiative, which received a grant from CBS last fall to combat sexual harassment on independent film, television, and digital productions.

Sprung has served as associate national executive director for the PGA since 2012 and has been COO since 2016.

Also Read: 'Green Book' Wins Producers Guild Award, Becomes Oscars Frontrunner

Previously, Sprung served as Special Counsel at the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she was Corporate Counsel at Trizec Hahn in Los
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‘Wahlburgers’ Renewed for 10th and Final Season at A&E

A&E has renewed “Wahlburgers” for a 10th and final season. The reality series following brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg will debut the new installment at on May 15. A&E has also released a trailer for the season.

Season 10 will continue to focus on the Wahlberg brothers as they balance family and their eponymous Wahlburgers restaurants, which have locations around the country. Wahlburgers is owned by chef Paul Wahlberg in partnership with Mark and Donnie Wahlberg.

This season celebrates the Wahlberg brothers’ success, as they embark on a new frontier across the pond. Mark and Paul travel to Germany, where
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‘Someone Great’ Director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson on Reimagining the Rom-Com

Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, creator of the MTV series “Sweet/Vicious,” recently made her feature debut with “Someone Great,” now streaming on Netflix. The film follows three friends as they navigate relationships and work in New York City. Here, the writer-director opens up on reimagining the rom-com, and women changing the face of Hollywood.

The three young women in “Someone Great” have relationships with a diverse group of people. Was this important to you?

I think that romantic comedies especially have been kind of homogeneous in the way that they are made and presented. I wanted to make sure this film was inclusive of everyone, so that everyone watching it could see themselves in it.

In a lot of ways, this movie breaks the romantic comedy formula. How would you classify it?

I classify it as a rom-com where the rom isn’t com. It’s a romantic comedy, but the romance
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‘Bizarre World of Frank Zappa’ Hologram Tour Not So Bizarre After All

The words “hologram tour” conjure images of a cold, dystopian future. Video of the Japanese concert sensation Hatsune Miku looks a bit like a scene from Blade Runner 2049. The Tupac hologram is still surreal. And the technology could give Kiss the ability to launch final tours in every city every night into infinity, should they adopt it. One artist whom the practice makes complete sense for, though, is Frank Zappa. A few years before he died, he wrote in his autobiography that he would love to roll out what
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Comcast in Talks to Sell Its 30% Stake in Hulu to Disney (Report)

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Comcast is in talks with Disney to sell its 30% stake in Hulu, according to CNBC.

CNBC, citing people familiar with the matter, said the deal isn’t a sure thing. CNBC is owned by Comcast. Reps for Comcast, Disney and Hulu did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

During Comcast’s earning’s call this morning, CEO Brian Roberts called Hulu “really valuable” and added that “we’re really glad we own a large piece of it.” Comcast is planning to launch its own streaming service under the NBCUniversal brand next year.

Also Read: At&T Sells Its 10% Stake in Hulu Back to Hulu for $1.43 Billion

NBCUniversal’s entrance could become a potential headache for Netflix, the dominant streaming service today. As The Wall Street Journal pointed out earlier this week, NBCUniversal could decide to pull Netflix’s top show, “The Office,” for its own service once its
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Black Keys Preview New Album With Riff-Heavy New Song ‘Eagle Birds’

The Black Keys unveiled a fresh blues ripper, “Eagle Birds,” from their forthcoming album, Let’s Rock, out June 28th via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records.

“Eagle Birds” boasts a familiar stomp atop which frontman Dan Auerbach picks out in-the-red riffs before spiraling into a wicked guitar solo. Amidst the six-string theatrics, “Eagle Birds” features an infectious chorus, with Auerbach singing, “Don’t nobody wanna be lonely/Everybody oughta be loved sometime.”

Let’s Rock marks the Black Keys’ ninth album and first in five years, following 2014’s Turn Blue.
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