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‘Aladdin’ Takes Princely $207M Global Bow; ‘Rocketman’ Blasts Off In UK – International Box Office

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Update, writethru: Disney’s live-action take on the classic 1992 animated Aladdin rode to a $121M start at the international box office this weekend, coming in right at the top end of industry predictions with a better-than-expected debut in some Asian markets. The global three-day opening is $207.1M.

In North America, the film has performed above expectations, with strong audience response. Overseas, there was significant Saturday-Sunday uptick from the early midweek bows which indicates family support for the Guy Ritchie-directed Will Smith-starrer and as offshore audiences also like it better than critics.

The movie was No. 1 in all of Latin America — and is tracking above both The Jungle Book and Cinderella. Strong performance in the region was expected given how it leans into family fare. What’s surprising here is that all of Asia also bowed at No. 1. That’s a relief to Disney since Korea and the South East
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Was Lady Gaga ‘Born’ to win at the MTV Movie and TV Awards?

Was Lady Gaga ‘Born’ to win at the MTV Movie and TV Awards?
Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”) may have lost the Best Actress Oscar to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite“), but she did win Best Original Song for “Shallow.” Now she may have one more chance to get up on the awards stage for her performance in the musical drama. She’s nominated for Best Performance in a Movie at the MTV Movie and TV Awards. Does she have it in the bag?

Perhaps surprisingly, she’s the only nomination for the blockbuster film. You’d think MTV would have nominated her co-star Bradley Cooper, who’s already a three-time Golden Popcorn champ. And a chart-topping, Grammy-winning musical from one of the decade’s biggest pop stars seems like it would have been an especially good fit for a Best Movie nomination, especially when you consider that MTV has showered Lady Gaga with prizes at their Video Music Awards.

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30th Anniversary Broadcast Of America's Night Of Remembrance

PBS’s multi award-winning National Memorial Day Concert returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for a special 30th anniversary broadcast hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Tony-nominated actress and star of TV’s Falling Water, The West Wing and The Kids Are Alright, Mary McCormack.

The 30th annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert airs live on PBS Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

A 30-year tradition unlike anything else on television, America’s national night of remembrance takes us back to the real meaning of the holiday through personal stories interwoven with musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists. The 2019 anniversary edition of the National Memorial Day Concert will feature
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International TV Newswire: Nick News, Apple Adds Starzplay, Globo Keeps Warner Bros.

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This week’s International TV Newswire sees Nickelodeon’s influence grow in Mexico, Navratilova host a trans-athlete debate for the BBC, Globo and Warner Bros. extend in Brazil, Apple pick up Starzplay and HBO profile a polemical Spanish soccer legend.

Nickelodeon Signs Mexican Influencer

Nickelodeon Latin America has signed an exclusive global representation deal with popular Mexican YouTuber Isabella de La Torre, “La Bala.” Under the agreement, Nickelodeon will promote the influencer across multiple platforms, through consumer products, original productions, social media, live events and editorial content. The network will focus heavily on her musical career – she sings and plays the piano, guitar and ukulele – and has plans to merchandize a line of consumer products in fashion, accessories and more. In 2016 and ‘17 La Bala was nominated for Best Influencer at the Kid’s Choice Awards Mexico, and invited to present in 2018.

BBC, Martina Navratilova Ready Trans Athlete Special

Earlier this
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Black Mirror’s Co-Creators on “pissing people off” for a fifth time

The journey of Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones’ Orwell-inspired anthology series, from a Channel 4 Sunday night serial to the Netflix-owned global phenomenon it has become, has reached what might be its logical conclusion.

Stars of the new fifth season, released all in one go next month and comprised of three sixty-minute episodes, include Miley Cyrus, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace and Fleabag’s own Andrew Scott. And if season four’s distinctly American flavour wasn’t indication enough, we wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect an even chirpier set of stories this time around. (But don’t fret: it’s still Black Mirror.)

This is a creative decision Brooker insists was motivated by a desire to keep the show fresh, rather than a sop to its American backers and increasingly global audience. “Sometimes we want to be the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but sometimes we want to be Pixar”, he
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Marlon Wayans To Host Golden Trailer Awards

Marlon Wayans To Host Golden Trailer Awards
Exclusive: Marlon Wayans has been set to host the 20th annual Golden Trailer Awards, which recognize the year’s best in movie marketing trailers, commercials and posters. This year’s ceremony is May 29 at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Netflix leads this year’s nominations announced last week with 66 mentions, paced by the likes of materials from Roma, Stranger Things and Bird Box. Warner BrosA Star Is Born leads among individual titles with 12 noms, while Trailer Park leads all trailer houses with 32 nominations.

Golden Trailer Awards are presented to winners in 107 categories. A total of 15 honors will be presented live onstage during the ceremony presided over by Wayans, who most recently was tapped to join Bill Murray and Rashida Jones in Apple-A24’s first movie On the Rocks being directed by Sofia Coppola.

“For our 20th anniversary, we wanted a host who is
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‘Rocketman’: Stage Set For Elton John & Taron Egerton To Perform Cannes Duet?

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‘Rocketman’: Stage Set For Elton John & Taron Egerton To Perform Cannes Duet?
Exclusive: From the minute Rocketman landed an out of competition spot at Cannes, it’s been buzzed that Elton John could perform at tonight’s after-premiere party, the same spot some 37 years ago where he shot the music video for his hit 1983 song “I’m Still Standing.”

Well, it wouldn’t be a shocker if that happens: A stage is literally being built this morning on the beach. See photo above. The latest word from our sources is that John and Egerton could possibly perform a duet.

We’ve heard for some time that pulling off such a feat was a tall order, given John’s touring schedule, logistics and security. Paramount provided no comment to our queries.

Two days ago, Egerton appeared on the French talk program Quotidien in which he was asked whether there would be a live performance on the beach after the premiere. The actor confirmed
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Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame Lead MTV Movie & TV Award Nominations

Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame Lead MTV Movie & TV Award Nominations
Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame and even Rbg are raking in the award nominations!

The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards are here and the list of nominations encompasses the best of film and TV. Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame and Rbg lead the pack of nominees with four nominations apiece.

The popular HBO show has taken fans on a rollercoaster ride for its 8th and final season — and it’s paid off with a nomination for best show. Star Maisie Williams was nominated for best hero, while Emilia Clarke was nominated for best performance in a show.

Williams’ performance as Arya
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MTV Movie and TV Awards nominations 2019: Full list led by ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’ … and Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

MTV Movie and TV Awards nominations 2019: Full list led by ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’ … and Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg leads the MTV Movie and TV Awards nominations” was not a sentence I expected to write today or ever, but indeed she does. The documentary about her life and career, “Rbg,” has a field leading four nominations, which ties it with “Avengers: Endgame” and “Game of Thrones” as the top contender at these kudos, which will air on Monday night, June 17, at 9:00pm Eastern and Pacific.

“Endgame” earned bids for Best Movie, Best Hero (Robert Downey Jr.), Best Villain (Josh Brolin) and Best Fight (Chris Evans vs. Brolin). That’s one more nomination than “Infinity War” received last year: that movie was up for Movie, Villain and Fight, but didn’t win anything. Marvel was still well represented, though, as “Black Panther” was the 2018 champ for Best Movie. The first “Avengers” won three awards including Best Movie, so this would be a nice bookend for the franchise.
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‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Dominate MTV Movie & TV Award Nominations

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‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Dominate MTV Movie & TV Award Nominations
Two of this year’s biggest pop-culture entities, “Avengers: Endgame” and “Game of Thrones,” led the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards nominations.

This year’s show will feature three new categories: reality royalty, most meme-able moment, and best real-life hero. And continuing the precedent set in the 2017 show, the awards will not separate nominees by gender.

Marvel’s box office behemoth “Avengers: Endgame” dominated on the film front with four nominations, including best movie. The Oscar-nominated documentary “Rbg,” a touching non-fiction film about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nabbed four nods: best movie, most meme-able moment, best fight, and real-life hero.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” led the way for TV with four nominations. The final season of the fantasy epic was recognized for best show, best hero (Maisie Williams as Arya Stark), best performance (Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen), and best fight (Arya Stark vs. the White Walkers).

The
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Detective Pikachu Scribes Want An American Idol-Style Jigglypuff Sequel

No less than a week out the gate and talk of sequels to Detective Pikachu are already doing the rounds. It’s hardly surprising, though, is it? As far as video game flicks go, the combination has had nill but a troubled past filled with B-movie quality adaptations and poorly-written scripts, but Pokémon’s first foray into live action has bucked that trend. Make no mistake, Detective Pikachu won’t be winning any Oscars (though its gorgeous special effects definitely deserve recognition) when awards season next swings around, but it’s a solid movie that proves, finally, that video game adaptations can work in cinema.

Ryan Reynolds’ casting as the titular yellow mouse is a major strength, no doubt, but with his and Tim Goodman’s (Justice Smith) story now finished, how do the film’s writers intend to progress the series with potential future sequels? At this time, Warner Bros.
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You’re invited to our Q&A: Meet cinematographers of ‘Glow,’ ‘Kidding,’ ‘Native Son,’ ‘Will and Grace’

You are invited to attend our Q&A discussion with four of TV’s top cinematographers who now compete for Emmys. Join us on Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theater at 10850 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free. TV Academy and guild members will get priority seating.

To RSVP, make your reservation here: https://goldderbycinematography2019.splashthat.com/

Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum will moderate the Q&A with the following contenders for 2019 awards consideration:

Gary Baum represents Universal Television for “Will and Grace”

Baum is the reigning Emmy Awards champion for Best Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series. He won for “Will and Grace” in 2018 plus for “Mike and Molly” in 2015. His seven other nominations have been for “Gary Unmarried,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Mike and Molly” (3 others), “The Millers” and “Superior Donuts.”

Adrian Peng Correia represents Netflix for “Glow

Correia has had a
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Tribeca Review: ‘Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound’ is a Comprehensive Overview of an Overlooked Art

Directed by sound editor Midge Costin, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound provides a rich overview of motion picture sound, from the era in which sounds were performed in theaters to Dolby Atmos, breaking down in detail the multiple elements that comprise a film’s sonic soundscape. With an extensive list of credits including action pictures like The Rock, Broken Arrow, and Crimson Tide, Costin makes excellent uses of industry contacts from mixers, composers, filmmakers, executives, and stars to provide the kind of broad overview that feels custom-made for the first day of an introduction to sound class.

The film largely proceeds with a basic chronology of sound as the practice evolves over some 90 years with Warner Brothers’ Vitascope taking the first step with The Jazz Singer. The art and practice of sound design, is credited to Murray Spivack who, while working on 1933’s King Kong, conceived of a whole new roar for Kong,
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‘A Star Is Born’ Producer Developing Cinderella ‘Stepsister’ Movie

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‘A Star Is Born’ Producer Developing Cinderella ‘Stepsister’ Movie
“Stepsister,” a re-imagined Cinderella story, is in the works as a movie with “A Star Is Born” producer Lynette Howell Taylor and “Big Little Lies” executive producer Bruna Papandrea.

Emma Frost, whose credit include “Shameless” and “The Spanish Princess,” will adapt the Jennifer Donnelly book, which will be published in the U.S. by Scholastic on Tuesday. The upcoming young adult book is an alternative fairy tale told from the point-of-view of one of Cinderella’s stepsisters, who examines the path she’s been pushed toward, tries to make amends and redefines strength and beauty on her own terms.

Endeavor Content acquired the film rights to “Stepsister” in 2017. Howell Taylor and Samantha Housman will produce for 51 Entertainment and Papandrea and Steve Hutensky will produce for Made Up Stories with the company’s Jeanne Snow serving as executive producer.

“Stepsister” has already sold in more than 15 languages, including Spanish, Italian, French,
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‘Judy’ vs. ‘Rocketman’: Will Oscars 2020 boil down to the battle of the musical biopics? [Poll]

‘Judy’ vs. ‘Rocketman’: Will Oscars 2020 boil down to the battle of the musical biopics? [Poll]
Elton John is having a reality-show moment what with costumes from the upcoming biopic “Rocketman” becoming the centerpiece of the most recent episode of “Project Runway” and with the music legend’s songs being performed by the final five contestants on “American Idol’s” penultimate show of its 17th season this Sunday before the three-hour finale airs on May 19. The film that will premiere on May 16 at the Cannes film festival before opening nationwide on May 31 is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who took over “Bohemian Rhapsody last year after its original helmer Bryan Singer was fired.

See Rami Malek is part of an elite club of Oscar-winning music men

Given the success of the tune-filled tale of Freddie Mercury‘s rise as the front man for Queen, both at the box office and at last year’s Academy Awards where it took home four trophies (including Best Actor for star
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'Versace' Star Darren Criss Sings 'Shallow' at Piano Bar

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'Versace' Star Darren Criss Sings 'Shallow' at Piano Bar
Nothing could be more on the nose than breakout actor Darren Criss singing the signature song from Lady Gaga's "A Star is Born" at a bar. Seriously ... this dude's talented. The lead star from the FX series 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' -- a role that won him tons of accolades this past awards season -- took the stage early Saturday morning at Tramp Stamp Granny's in Hollywood ... a piano bar that he has an ownership stake in.
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Oscar-winning writer Alvin Sargent, who helped the Marvel Cinematic Universe achieve lift-off with Spidey, dead at 92

Oscar-winning writer Alvin Sargent, who helped the Marvel Cinematic Universe achieve lift-off with Spidey, dead at 92
The current Marvel Cinematic Universe of superhero blockbusters, sequels and spin-offs might not exist if not for screenwriter Alvin Sargent, who is dead from natural causes at age 92 on May 9.

The two-time Oscar winner for his scripts for 1977’s “Julia” and 1980’s “Ordinary People” was involved in the screenplays for the original “Spider-Man” trilogy that began in 2002 starring Tobey Maguire as Spidey the web-slinger that would redefine and elevate the modern superhero genre and set the standard for all the spandex-wearing crusaders who followed. I recall Oscar talk for the possibility that Sargent’s much-praised script for 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” could be nominated — an unheard-of notion back then for a film based on a comic-book.

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Sargent would also contribute to 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the reboot of the series starring Andrew Garfield. It would be his final script, which the scribe completed when
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Oscar-winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent passes away

Academy Award winner Alvin Sargent, who wrote films like Paper Moon, Ordinary People and Spider-man sequels of the 2000s, is no more.

He died on Thursday, his talent agency Gersh told variety.com. He was 92.

Sargent won adapted screenplay Oscars for Julia?in 1978 and Ordinary People?in 1981 and was also nominated in the category in 1974 for Paper Moon.

The writer worked with many of Hollywood's top directors, including Alan J. Pakula, John Frankenheimer, Paul Newman, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, Fred Zinnemann, Robert Redford, Martin Ritt, Norman Jewison, Stephen Frears and Wayne Wang.

Sargent started as a writer for television but broke into features with his screenplay for 1966's Gambit, a comedy thriller starring Michael Caine, Shirley MacLaine and Herbert Lom.

Sargent did uncredited work on the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born?that starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Sargent, born Alvin Supowitz in Philadelphia, began his Hollywood career with
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Alvin Sargent, Oscar-Winning ‘Julia’ and ‘Ordinary People’ Screenwriter, Dies at 92

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Alvin Sargent, Oscar-Winning ‘Julia’ and ‘Ordinary People’ Screenwriter, Dies at 92
Academy Award winner Alvin Sargent, who penned an extraordinary number of popular and critically successful films, from “Paper Moon” and “Ordinary People” to the “Spider-Man” sequels of the 2000s, died Thursday, his talent agency Gersh confirmed to Variety. He was 92.

Sargent won adapted screenplay Oscars for “Julia” in 1978 and “Ordinary People” in 1981 and was also nominated in the category in 1974 for “Paper Moon.” (He also received Writers Guild awards for all three films.) The writer worked with many of Hollywood’s top directors over the course of his career, including Alan J. Pakula, John Frankenheimer. Paul Newman, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, Fred Zinnemann, Robert Redford, Martin Ritt, Norman Jewison, Stephen Frears and Wayne Wang, though not always when those helmers were doing their best work.

Sargent started as a writer for television but broke into features with his screenplay for 1966’s “Gambit,” a Ronald Neame-directed comedy thriller starring Michael Caine,
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Alvin Sargent, Oscar-Winning ‘Ordinary People’ Screenwriter, Dies at 92

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Alvin Sargent, Oscar-Winning ‘Ordinary People’ Screenwriter, Dies at 92
Alvin Sargent, the storied screenwriter best known for his Academy Award-winning script for “Ordinary People” and his Oscar-nominated “Paper Moon,” died Thursday of natural causes in Seattle. He was 92.

Born in 1927 in Philadelphia, Sargent began his career as an aspiring actor with a small role in “From Here to Eternity,” while supporting himself in ad sales for Variety. He began writing for television in 1953, with credits through the 1960s including “Route 66,” “Ben Casey” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” among others.

He made his debut as a movie screenwriter in 1966 on “Gambit,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine, and gained greater recognition in 1970 for “I Walk the Line.” This led to a long run of acclaimed work on critical hits and blockbusters alike. Among his highlights are “Paper Moon,” for which he received a best adapted screenplay nomination, uncredited work on the 1976 remake of “A Star Is Born” starring Barbra Streisand,
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