Good news first? Bad news first? The good: Solo: A Star Wars Story is tracking to quite possibly break all box office records for Memorial Day weekend. The not-so-hot: Even the high range of the current estimate will place it below the opening weekends of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and Rogue One. Keep in mind, a tracking estimate is just that, an estimate, the same kind of estimate that Avengers: Infinity War recently blew out of the water during its opening weekend. The lowest previous Disney Star Wars title is Rogue One, which opened to $155 million — Solo could still top Rogue One if new film opens above its estimate. But Disney is looking at a four-day weekend opening of $130 mi
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The 71st Cannes Film Festival concluded on May 19 with an awards ceremony and the premiere of Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited and possibly cursed film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The festival’s nearly two-week run was filled with protests and pledges regarding the festival’s history of gender inequity and sexual harassment, as well as programming that seemed poised to critique every sort of ideological oppression. But it was also a celebration of some of the best films and filmmakers working in global cinema today — and for those who were lucky enough to see the offerings, it was a veritable feast. Cannes helps set the pace for the next year of film conversation, including the inevitable awards season prognostication. This year’s most talked-about films will certainly be on the radar
Seeing worldwide sales sell-outs on “355” and “Ironbark,” from FilmNation, and Studiocanal’s “The Secret Garden,” the 2018 Cannes Film Festival proved the second big market in a row to buck, although only in part, longer-term pessimism. After glacial-paced early trading, titles sold from Cannes first weekend both to the U.S. and abroad at a steady, though never spectacular, rate. But if Cannes, like February’s surprisingly buoyant Berlin, suggested there is still life in the international independent film business, despite a tepid Sundance and dire American Film Market, it also delivered a sobering snapshot of new market realities. Whichever way the 2018 Cannes Film Market is taken, heartening signs of continued market traction have to be placed in a context of a longer-term attrition i
Though Deadpool is most celebrated for breaking box office records and paving the way for R-rated superhero movies, when it was released in 2016, some commenters noted that Deadpool had surprisingly forward-thinking attitudes about sex and gender roles. Ryan Reynolds’s fourth-wall-breaking, foul-mouthed, extremely violent superpowered mercenary might seem an unlikely vector for progressive messages, yet under the smirking immaturity, Deadpool possesses a surprising inner sincerity, something that’s far more apparent in the new sequel Deadpool 2. Despite the films’ marketing, which emphasizes the title character’s outrageousness, the series leans far more heavily on pop culture references, superhero genre in-jokes, and Looney-Tunes-with-gore slapstick for humor, rather than anything ove
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Romance “Call Me By Your Name” may have won a screenplay Oscar, and Disney’s family-friendly “Beauty and the Beast” had a gay character, but movies from Hollywood’s major studios last year had the lowest percentage of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual characters since 2012, according to a report released on Tuesday. James Ivory wears a shirt depicting actor Timothee Chalamet as he holds his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Call Me My Your Name" during the 90th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, March 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike BlakeGay and transgender media advocacy group GLAAD said in its annual Studio Responsibility Index that of the 109 releases by the seven largest movie studios in 2017, just 14, or 12.8 percent, included LGBTQ characters. GLAAD
The summer is a busy time, sure, typically full of sun and sand and (hopefully) well-earned holidays, but for once you’ve exhausted all of your outdoorsy plans, the cinema beckons—it’s chock full of brand-new blockbusters, indie darlings, horror films, documentaries, and, yes, even the (extremely welcome) return of the rom-com. There’s a lot going on, to be sure, in the months ahead, and so with that in mind, we've selected the films that you need to know about before heading out to your local multiplex or dialing up your preferred screening service.On Chesil Beach (May 18): A “highly literate tearjerker” adapted for the screen (from the acclaimed novel by Ian McEwan) by London theater director Dominic Cooke. Set in 1962 England, Vogue’s film critic John Powers first saw it in Toronto,
Redbox is now offering 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc rentals — but it’s starting with only four titles, available in limited quantities in just six U.S. markets. The first Ultra HD Blu-ray movies available at Redbox kiosks are: Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther,” Lionsgate’s “The Commuter,” Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix” and 20th Century Fox’s “The Martian.” Those are available starting this week at about 2,500 Redbox kiosks in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Detroit, and Miami. That represents around 6% of Redbox’s total network of 41,500 kiosks across the U.S. Redbox’s rental pricing for the 4K titles is $2.50 per night. That’s a premium over $1.75 for regular DVDs and $2 for Blu-ray discs. Redbox isn’t offering online reservations for the 4K Ultra HD discs during the test period.
Netflix has signed an exclusive multi-year first-look deal with leading Danish producer Kim Magnusson to produce original feature films from the Nordic region. The projects, which will be produced, predominantly, in their local languages, will be released globally on the streaming platform. Magnusson will work with both established filmmakers and new talent. Magnusson has produced or executive produced more than 125 movies and TV series, including Zoe Saldana’s “I Kill Giants,” Mads Mikkelsen’s “Men and Chicken,” J.K. Simmons’ “Worlds Apart,” “Headhunter,” “Terkel in Trouble,” Pilou Asbæk’s “R” and Nicolas Winding Refn’s three “Pusher” films. He has been Oscar-nominated in the live-action short film category six times, winning with “Election Night” and “Helium.” He received an Emmy for
Barack and Michelle Obama are embarking on an unusual post-White House career: TV producers.The former president and first lady entered a multiyear deal with Netflix Inc. to create a “diverse mix” of programs, which may include scripted series, documentaries and feature films, the company said on Monday. The Obamas will create the material through a firm called Higher Ground Productions.The move gives the couple an influential perch following their departure from the White House in 2017. Netflix, the top paid video-streaming service, reaches 125 million households in 190 countries. “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are abl...