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‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel Moves Ahead Two Months to March 2020

‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel Moves Ahead Two Months to March 2020
Paramount Pictures has moved its sequel to “A Quiet Place” ahead by two months from May 15 to March 20, 2020.

John Krasinski is returning to direct the still-untitled movie with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprising their roles. Cillian Murphy is joining the cast.

A Quiet Place” grossed $340 million at the global box office last year. Blunt won the Screen Actors Guild Award in the supporting actress category for her role in the horror-thriller. Krasinski also wrote the screenplay with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, and the trio received a Writers Guild nomination in the original category.

Krasinski directed and starred in the story of an isolated family of four that must live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. “A Quiet Place” premiered at SXSW and the 2020 edition of the festival launches on March 16, four days before the sequel opens.

Paramount also announced Friday that it
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Brazil’s ‘Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão’ Wins Cannes Un Certain Regard Award

Brazil’s ‘Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão’ Wins Cannes Un Certain Regard Award
Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz emerged triumphant in tonight’s Un Certain Regard awards, as his grand-scale period melodrama “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão” received the top prize from jury president Nadine Labaki. The “Capernaum” director and her fellow jurors demonstrated eclectic taste in the ceremony, ultimately handing honors to eight of the 18 feature films competing in the festival’s second most high-profile showcase.

Aïnouz was a popular winner in the room, as his lushly shot drama — about two devoted sisters separated by crossed stars and familial shame in 1950s Rio de Janeiro — appealed to audiences with its openly emotive traditional storytelling and strong feminist politics.

It’s the sixth narrative feature by the 53-year-old writer-director, also an accomplished docmaker, who previously competed in Un Certain Regard with his debut, “Madame Sata,” in 2002. In his speech, he alluded to Brazil’s current political woes, thanking the jury for their recognition
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Taika Waititi’s ‘Akira’ Gets Summer 2021 Release Date

Taika Waititi’s ‘Akira’ Gets Summer 2021 Release Date
A live-action “Akira” is finally coming to the big screen.

Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi is set to direct the remake of the Japanese anime that is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and released by Warner Bros.

The event film will open on May 21, 2021.

More to come…

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Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Flies to $7 Million on Thursday Night

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Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Flies to $7 Million on Thursday Night
Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” flew to $7 million during Thursday night previews in North America.

That’s well above the $5.7 million that “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” earned two weeks ago on its way to a $54 million three-day opening. Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” took in $5.5 million in previews on the same night in 2017 on its way to a $78 million opening over the Memorial Day weekend.

Sony’s horror-thriller “Brightburn” pulled in $950,000 for Thursday night previews starting at 7 p.m. in 2,257 locations. United Artists-Annapurna’s comedy “Booksmart” took $875,000 in previews.

Aladdin” has been pegged to gross between $75 million to $85 million at about 4,400 sites over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. That would be above the $45 million opening for Disney’s live-action “Dumbo” during March 29-31, the studio’s most recent remake of its animated classic films.

Guy Ritchie directed the reboot, starring Mena Massoud as Aladdin,
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Pushed Back 3 Months to Rework Lead Character’s Look

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Pushed Back 3 Months to Rework Lead Character’s Look
The live-action “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie has been pushed back so that the visual effects artists can make adjustments to Sonic’s character, the film’s director Jeff Fowler announced on Twitter Friday.

It will now open Feb. 14, 2020 after being originally slated to be released Nov. 8 of this year.

Fans of the video game character were highly critical of the speedy blue hedgehog’s fur, his eyes, and most notably his human-looking teeth.

“Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” Fowler tweeted along with the hashtag “No VFX artists were harmed in the making of this movie.”

Sonic, as seen in the first trailer for the film, has individual strands of animated fur, a giant head, long, lanky legs, two far apart eyes that drastically differ from the classic mono-eye drawing of the video game character, and even human teeth.
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Adam Levine Leaving ‘The Voice’ After 16 Seasons

Adam Levine Leaving ‘The Voice’ After 16 Seasons
Updated with Adam Levine comments: A big change is ahead for The Voice. Adam Levine is exiting after 16 seasons on NBC’s hit singing competition series. The Voice host Carson Daly announced the change Friday morning on NBC News’ Today.

“He’ll always be a cherished member of The Voice family,” Daly said, adding, “We wish him nothing but the best.”

Levine had previously been listed as a coach for the upcoming fall cycle.

The Maroon 5 frontman has been a coach on the show since its debut in 2012, leading a singer to the big win three times. He will be replaced next season by Gwen Stefani. She’ll be joined by returning coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson.

Levine later shared in a lengthy Instagram post on what led him to the decision to leave ahead of the upcoming season, saying “It was time to move on.” In his post,
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Warner Bros. Lands Clint Eastwood’s ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’ From Fox-Disney (Exclusive)

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Warner Bros. Lands Clint Eastwood’s ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’ From Fox-Disney (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. and Clint Eastwood are teaming up once again, as the studio has closed a deal to acquire the rights to “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” from Fox-Disney with Eastwood set to direct.

Eastwood has had his eye on “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” for some time, and was in talks to take on the project several years ago when it was at Fox before he eventually shifted his focus to another property. Following the success of his most recent drama, “The Mule,” the director began looking again for his next project and came back to “Richard Jewell,” which was now a part of Fox-Disney following the recent merger of the two studios.

There was a chance that the movie could have stayed at Fox-Disney, marking a reunion between Eastwood and Alan Horn, the current Disney Studios chief who worked with the filmmaker when he was the head of Warner Bros.
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Film News Roundup: Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Coming to Netflix

Film News Roundup: Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Coming to Netflix
In today’s film news roundup, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is unveiled, “Friedkin Uncut” gets a fall release and Sony Classics buys “The Traitor” at Cannes.

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Netflix has set a Sept. 20 release date for Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns: The Movie,” based on his 11-year-old talk show.

Galifianakis made the announcement during a Netflix awards event with David Letterman on Thursday night. Galifianakis co-wrote the movie with Scott Aukerman, who’s directing the film.

Aukerman was the director of 14 of the 21 episodes of the talk show, which began in 2008 with an interview with Michael Cera. The most recent “Between Two Ferns” aired in 2018 with Jerry Seinfeld, Wayne Knight and Cardi B.

Aukerman and Galifianakis are producing with Funny or Die’s Caitlin Daley and Mike Farah. The logline involves the comedian and his crew taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation.
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Memorial Day Weekend TV Viewing Guide: From ‘Killing Eve’ to ‘Game of Thrones: The Last Watch’

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Memorial Day Weekend TV Viewing Guide: From ‘Killing Eve’ to ‘Game of Thrones: The Last Watch’
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and chances are you’re going to observe the three-day time-out in all of the traditional ways: Honoring those who have died while serving our country, barbecuing, cracking open cold ones with the boys and of course, watching TV.

When the barbecue has been devoured and the block parties have wound down, settle into your couch with ease — we’ve got you covered on what to watch this weekend, from the season finale of “Killing Eve” to HBO’s “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” to a new episode of “The Bachelorette.”

“What/If” Renée Zellweger stars in Netflix’s latest series, which dropped on the streaming service Friday. Described as a “neo-noir social thriller,” the anthology series “explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The season focuses on a mysterious woman’s lucrative but dubious offer to
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How WGA’s Agency Dispute and Lawsuit Could Impact Endeavor’s Ipo, Business — According to Endeavor

Wme parent company Endeavor is concerned that the dispute between the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood talent agencies will hurt the company’s finances and operations as it prepares for an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.

On Thursday, Endeavor made its plans to go public official, filing its registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

As part of that filing, the talent management and entertainment company was obligated to provide a list of risk factors as it seeks potential investors — among them, Endeavor pointed to Wme’s reliance on certain franchise agreements with unions and guilds, and the current negotiations and lawsuit with the Writers Guild of America.

Also Read: Endeavor Files With SEC to Become Publicly Traded Company

“The outcome of the dispute, including the commercial landscape that will exist in the future between writers and agents, could have an adverse effect on our business,
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‘Jeopardy!’ Champion James Holzhauer Hits $2 Million Winnings Milestone

This current “Jeopardy!” player has just won over $2 million on the popular game show. Who is James Holzhauer?

The 34 year old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas has hit a “Jeopardy!” milestone by becoming only the second person in the show’s history to win over $2 million in regular season play. Holzhauer won his 27th straight game in a row with a $74,400 haul, bringing his total winnings on the show to $2,065,535. The only other player to ever win over $2 million was Ken Jennings, who amassed $2,520,700 over a 74-game win streak back in 2004.

Holzhauer will face two new challengers on Monday,
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Romanian Crime-Thriller ‘The Whistlers’ Bought for North America

Magnolia Pictures has bought North American rights to the Romanian crime thriller “The Whistlers” following its premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Written and directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, the film stars Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Antonio Buil, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, Julieta Szonyi and George Pisterneanu. Magnolia is eyeing a theatrical release for later this year.

Ivanov plays a corrupt police inspector in Bucharest who has been sent to the island of La Gomera in the Canaries to learn the ancient whistling language to pull off a high-stakes heist.

“‘The Whistlers’ is an incredible gush of pure entertainment,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “Corneliu Porumboiu has been making brilliant films for the last few years and he has outdone himself with his most crowd-pleasing work yet.”

Porumboiu’s 2006 feature “12:08 East of Bucharest” won the Caméra d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival. His 2015 film
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‘Aladdin’: Naomi Scott on Why Her Princess Jasmine Needed Nasim Pedrad’s New Character

‘Aladdin’: Naomi Scott on Why Her Princess Jasmine Needed Nasim Pedrad’s New Character
Call Naomi Scott the queen of the reboot – or at least, the princess. The 26-year-old actress is taking on the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” but it’s not her first time jumping into a role that’s already been well-established. Audiences may recognize Scott from 2017’s “Power Rangers” update, where she played Kimberly, the Pink Ranger. Next, fans will see her as Elena in “Charlie’s Angels.” But for now, Scott is only focused on “Aladdin.”

“We’re all just so ready for this movie to come out; it’s been two years,” Scott told Variety on the purple carpet at the film’s premiere. “There was so much joy and love and thought that went into this movie and hopefully that translates on screen.”

Playing a role like Princess Jasmine is already a pretty big task, but the actress had another challenge
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Moby Accuses Natalie Portman of Lying as the Two Spar Over Dating Claims

Moby Accuses Natalie Portman of Lying as the Two Spar Over Dating Claims
In what’s become a he said/she said spat in multiple mediums, Moby, the elder statesman of electronic music, is now accusing actress Natalie Portman of lying and pleading to those on social media for his safety as “physical threats from complete strangers” emerge.

To recap: this month, Moby released a new book, “Then It All Fell Apart,” a follow-up to his well-received 2016 autobiography “Porcelain.” Now 53, the Grammy-nominated artist and animal rights activist gave the book a promising premise (“What do you do when you realize you think you have everything you’ve ever wanted but still feel completely empty?”), which was undercut by some of its more gossip-y tidbits, including an account of the author mistaking an A-list actress for a groupie following a show in Austin.

“I was a bald binge drinker who lived in an apartment that smelled like mildew and old bricks, and Natalie Portman was a beautiful movie star,
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‘Whiskey Cavalier’ Not Being Revived By ABC, Showrunner Says

‘Whiskey Cavalier’ Not Being Revived By ABC, Showrunner Says
Whiskey Cavalier” has been “fully and finally canceled” by ABC, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap. Showrunner David Hemingson also announced the news Friday on Twitter.

Earlier this week, the network and the show’s producers re-entered talks to potentially reverse the show’s cancellation in the wake of significant fan outcry online, but according to Hemingson, the network ultimately chose to stick with its original decision to not move forward with a second season.

“Friends: I just got the sad news that @ABCNetwork has passed,” he wrote. “#WhiskeyCavalier has been fully and finally cancelled. Thank you all so, so much for your efforts on our behalf. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the outpouring of support.”

Also Read: 'Whiskey Cavalier' Not Being Revived By ABC, Showrunner Says

It’s incredibly painful to say goodbye to this show and our extraordinary cast, but knowing
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Clint Eastwood’s ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’ Moves to Warner Bros From Fox-Disney

Clint Eastwood’s ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’ Moves to Warner Bros From Fox-Disney
Clint Eastwood is officially attached to direct “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” and Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to release the film, which was previously at Disney-Fox, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The Ballad of Richard Jewell” is based on the story of a security guard who was considered a possible suspect of a bombing that took place Atlanta’s Centennial Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Billy Ray wrote the screenplay based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article from Marie Brenner that describes how Jewell, originally hailed by the media as a hero for alerting police to the presence of a bomb and helping evacuate the area, became linked as the FBI’s prime suspect in the Olympic Park bombing, completely upending his life in the process.

Also Read: 'The Mule' Proves Clint Eastwood Is Still a Box Office Draw at 88

Eastwood has been
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President Trump Wants a Promotion

During a recent trip north to Santa Barbara, I escaped the rain in a used bookstore and struck up a conversation about America with the clerk. We talked about the limited shelf life of so many political books, especially those with words like “Trump” in the title. But after we migrated over to the nonfiction paperbacks, one immediately struck me as both evergreen and useful. It’s called On Tyranny, a 2017 book by Yale historian Timothy Snyder, and it is so small that it can nearly fit in the palm of my hand.
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‘Sibyl’ Film Review: Cannes Competition Ends With a Woody Allen-Style Comedy

‘Sibyl’ Film Review: Cannes Competition Ends With a Woody Allen-Style Comedy
As the say, nature abhors a vacuum.

So once it became clear that longtime Cannes stalwart Woody Allen probably wouldn’t be turning up on the red carpet anytime soon, you knew that someone would eventually come around to fill that void.

Lo and behold, someone has. A particular someone named Justine Triet, whose volatile dramedy “Sibyl” was the final film to screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday night.

Also Read: 'Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo' Film Review: Abdellatif Kechiche Trolls Cannes With Nsfw Excess

Only, in a convention-defying move that speaks to the director’s larger intent, Triet cribs from Allen’s least beloved period; instead of drawing from those “early, funny films,” this story of a psychiatrist who becomes unhealthily involved with her patient draws a straight line to darker Allen films like “September” and “Another Woman.”

Triet has apparently cited the latter film as a direct reference,
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Julianna Margulies on How ‘The Hot Zone’ Speaks to the Human Condition and Takes on Science Deniers

Julianna Margulies on How ‘The Hot Zone’ Speaks to the Human Condition and Takes on Science Deniers
Before “The Hot Zone,” Julianna Margulies admits she would often see stories about diseases such as Ebola in Africa and only “skim over them.” After getting to meet those on the front lines of trying to contain and cure infectious diseases, such as Dr. Nancy Jaax, whom Margulies plays in the National Geographic limited series, though, she has a renewed outlook.

“This is not an African problem; this is a global problem and it is not a matter of ‘if,’ it is a matter of ‘when,'” Margulies tells Variety. “I get so frustrated with science deniers, climate change deniers.
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Kanye West Shares a Touching Memory of His Mother in Letterman Interview

Kanye West Shares a Touching Memory of His Mother in Letterman Interview
In a preview of David Letterman’s interview with Kanye West, which begins streaming next Friday, May 31, the musician’s wife Kim Kardashian West, tweeted a clip of him sharing a touching memory of his mother, Donda, who died in 2007 after a surgical procedure.

While his wife looks on smiling, West answers Letterman’s question about the memory of his mother.

“This would have been the funnest time of her life,” he says, “to have those kids running around that house, and being able to buy them toys. I remember my mother bought me a bear that was multicolored, and
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