Movie News

‘Aladdin’ On Course for Bigger Memorial Day Opening Than ‘Solo’

‘Aladdin’ On Course for Bigger Memorial Day Opening Than ‘Solo’
Disney’s remake of “Aladdin” is off to a magical start at the box office, earning $31.5 million from 4,476 screens at the box office on Friday.

While trackers expected a 4-day Memorial Day weekend opening of $75-85 million, “Aladdin” is now on pace to blow that out of the water with estimates now reaching $109-111 million, higher than the $103 million 4-day start earned last year for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Granted, at this point in the weekend, there’s a lot of room for “Aladdin” to either push estimates even higher or to see a big day-to-day drop. The latter was the case for “Solo,” which saw its opening estimates plummet as the weekend went on until it needed the Monday holiday to get an opening above $100 million. So swings in fortune on this busy weekend with plenty of other leisure options besides movie theaters aren’t out of the question.
See full article at The Wrap »

‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month

‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month
Paramount’s romantic comedy The Lovebirds is fleeing the nest. The film has been moved from its announced March 6 wide-release date to April 3.

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star as a couple on the brink of breaking up who get unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Co-stars include Kelly Murtaugh, Moses Storm and Betsy Borrego. Michael Showalter — who helmed The Big Sick, which Nanjiani co-wrote and starred in — directs from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall and Martin Gero

Moving out of a slot against Disney/Pixar’s Onward, The Lovebirds instead will battle with Fox’s The New Mutants and an untitled DC pic from Warner Bros.

Paramount didn’t give a reason for the date change, but it comes hours
See full article at Deadline »

Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award

  • Variety
Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award
Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, one of the first prizes for which “The Lighthouse” has been eligible at Cannes.

The award was announced Saturday in Cannes by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci), which also honored Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard.

At the same awards announcement, it was revealed that Terrence Malick’s Cannes competition entry, “Hidden Life,” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

The Fipresci honor for “The Lighthouse” marks another plaudit for Eggers, who is rapidly emerging as a major talent in many critics’ view, as well as for one of the best-reviewed of movies in any section at
See full article at Variety »

Warner Bros. Lands Clint Eastwood’s ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’ From Fox-Disney (Exclusive)

  • Variety
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.
See full article at Variety »

‘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
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão’
A “tropical melodrama” is how the marketing materials bill “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão.” If that sounds about the most high-camp subgenre ever devised, Karim Aïnouz’s ravishing period saga lives up to the description — high emotion articulated with utmost sincerity and heady stylistic excess, all in the perspiring environs of midcentury Rio de Janeiro — while surprising with its pointed feminist politics and occasionally sharp social truths. Anyone already familiar with Aïnouz’s work will know to expect a florid sensory experience, but even by the Brazilian’s standards, this heartbroken tale of two sisters separated for decades by familial shame and deceit is a waking dream, saturated in sound, music and color to match its depth of feeling. From the first, jungle-set shot, the redoubtable d.p. Hélène Louvart gives the film the daubed, traffic-light palette of a ripe mango; were it possible, you’d expect it to have an aroma to match.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Cannes 2019: the winner of the Palme d'Or announced – live

Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodóvar are among those competing for the top prize as the film festival draws to a close. Follow all the action as it happens

Cannes 2019: read Peter Bradshaw’s Palme predictions

4.34pm BST

... and welcome to the Guardian’s Cannes film festival awards liveblog. After a fortnight spent worshipping at the altar of ‘le cinema’ we’re finally ready to find out which of 21 films will be awarded prestige film-making’s most important prize, the Palme d’Or. It looks set to be an interesting race this year, with some big-hitting auteurs, including Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodóvar, facing off against cinema’s coming forces, like Bong Joon-ho and Céline Sciamma.

We’ll have the results as they happen, as well as those for the other awards being handed out this evening. The ceremony begins at 7.15pm local time (6.15pm in the UK), so stick with us for news,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Friday Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Soaring Toward $100 Million Memorial Day Weekend

Ah, the magic of a four-day weekend. Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin is headed toward a fantastic $100+ million four-day debut after nabbing $31 million on Friday night. ($7 million coming for Thursday night previews.) That's $4 million less than the Friday-night take for last year's long weekend tentpole, Solo: A Star Wars Story—which ended its four-day frame at $103 million—but Aladdin is actually tracking to out-earn that film. Aladdin is a live-action take on the iconic 1992 Disney animated film, with Mena Massoud taking on the wish-fulfilled …
See full article at Collider.com »

‘Sibyl’: Justine Triet Explores Psychotherapy, Boundaries & Obsession [Cannes Review]

With her third film “Sibyl,” French director Justine Triet explores the transgression of boundaries. These barriers exist between the home and the workplace, they separate fiction and reality and regulate the flow of memories from the past to the present. This time around, Triet uses the thriller genre as a vehicle for this exploration of a woman’s experience. One of four female directors selected for the Main Competition of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Triet, unfortunately, delivers a flimsy, unremarkable story of obsession unlikely to reach much further than local cinemas.

Continue reading ‘Sibyl’: Justine Triet Explores Psychotherapy, Boundaries & Obsession [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Roman Polanski’s Wife Criticizes Quentin Tarantino For Using Director in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Roman Polanski’s Wife Criticizes Quentin Tarantino For Using Director in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Emmanuelle Seigner, French actress and Roman Polanski’s wife, published a statement on social media (via Yahoo) in which she criticized Quentin Tarantino for his latest movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Tarantino’s film casts Polish actor Rafał Zawierucha as Polanski and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Polanski’s second wife who was pregnant with their child when she was murdered in August 1969 by members of the Manson Family cult.

Seigner was clear in her statement that she was not criticizing the merits or values of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” but only the decision to use Polanksi in the film at a time where Hollywood continues to reject the “Rosemary’s Baby” director for being charged with rape in the 1970s. Seigner called attention to the fact that the movie will make money for Tarantino and a major Hollywood studio (Sony Pictures) with help from Polanski
See full article at Indiewire »

Edgar Wright Calls Out Netflix for Spoiling ‘World’s End’ Twist in Auto-Playing Trailer

Edgar Wright Calls Out Netflix for Spoiling ‘World’s End’ Twist in Auto-Playing Trailer
Edgar Wright makes movies that pack more than a few surprises. For this reason, watching Wright’s films blind are the best way to experience them on the first go-around. Unfortunately, Netflix isn’t letting viewers have that option when it comes to “The World’s End.” As Wright revealed on Twitter, the auto-playing trailer for “World’s End” on Netflix includes the film’s major plot twist (which IndieWire will not be spoiling here).

“Netflix shows the key twist to ‘The World’s End’ as the automatic trailer on the page. So tough shit if you wanted to go in blind,” Wright wrote. “[Netflix] would definitely ruin the first time for anyone watching it.”

Wright then directly sent a message to the streaming giant on Twitter: “Hey @NetflixFilm, change the autotrailer for something less spoilery!”

“The World’s End” opened in 2013 and stars Wright’s regular collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
See full article at Indiewire »

The 10 Best Movies of Cannes 2019

The 10 Best Movies of Cannes 2019
The Cannes Film Festival is too rich an event to have an “off” year, but by the end of the 72nd edition, it was more or less universally agreed upon that the festival had regained a full-on, holy-moutaintop-of-art luster that was lacking the year before. It helps, of course, to have headline-making movies by iconic auteurs, and Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, and Quentin Tarantino all had films in competition that delivered that blend of artistic rush and gravitas. But there were, in addition, a great many up-and-coming voices who rose above the fray, from Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”) to Robert Eggers (“The Lighthouse”), pointing the way to cinema’s future.

La Belle Époque

Hidden in plain sight among the out-of-competition premieres at Cannes, this mainstream French comedy from writer-director Nicolas Bedos is the kind of movie that journalists routinely ignore in favor of flashier titles from international directors.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

This Week In Trailers: Always Amazing, Between Me and My Mind, The Black Godfather, Mouthpiece, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, […]

The post This Week In Trailers: Always Amazing, Between Me and My Mind, The Black Godfather, Mouthpiece, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

‘Aladdin’ Soaring to $100 Million-Plus Memorial Day Weekend Debut

Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” remake is on its way to a commendable Memorial Day weekend debut with an estimated $109 million over the four-day period.

The musical fantasy starring Will Smith and Mena Massoud should uncover about $87 million in its first three days from 4,476 North American theaters after taking in $31 million on Friday. Should estimates hold, “Aladdin” will mark the sixth-highest Memorial Day weekend debut of all time, just behind 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with $110.5 million.

Guy Ritchie directed the remake, with Smith taking on the role of Robin Williams’ Genie and Massoud portraying the titular hero. Naomi Scott stars as Jasmine, along with Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen. Ritchie also co-wrote the script alongside John August.

Also debuting this weekend is Screen Gems’ “Brightburn,” which took in $3 million on Friday and is headed for a $10 million four-day start from 2,607 domestic theaters. Produced by reinstated
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Bong Joon Ho’s 'Parasite' finishes top of Screen’s Cannes 2019 jury grid

Bong Joon Ho’s 'Parasite' finishes top of Screen’s Cannes 2019 jury grid
The Korean black comedy was well-received by all ten critics.

Bong Joon Ho’s black comedy Parasite has finished top of the Screen Cannes 2019 jury grid, with an average score of 3.5 from 10 critics.

The film, which premiered on Wednesday (May 22), was not matched by either of the final two films to take their spots on the grid.

Elia Suleiman’s It Must Be Heaven received decent scores from all 10 critics, becoming the only film this year to receive solely twos (average) and threes (good), for a mean score of 2.6.

The film explores life in exile, with Suleiman playing a man
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Elia Suleiman’s Message Is Lost In Often Magical ‘It Must Be Heaven’ [Cannes Review]

Cannes – Elia Suleiman has made very few films over his career. In truth, “It Must Be Heaven,” which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is only his fourth film since 1996. When he does release new work, however, it’s always a reminder of what wondrous filmmaking talents he posses. That’s what makes the end result of his latest film so puzzling.

Read More: 2019 Cannes Film Festival: The 21 Most Anticipated Movies

Suleiman plays himself in the picture, but unless you recognized him from an interview or previous films you wouldn’t realize that until about halfway through.

Continue reading Elia Suleiman’s Message Is Lost In Often Magical ‘It Must Be Heaven’ [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Emmy-Winning Production Designer Gemma Jackson on Bringing Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ to Life

In this live-action adaptation of the Disney animated classic Aladdin from director Guy Ritchie, a lovable street rat (Mena Massoud) who has made the streets of Agrabah his home would gladly leave his life of thievery behind, while Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) longs to experience life outside of the palace and among the people. When the two cross paths and learn that they each long to break free from what is expected of them, they find themselves caught up in an evil scheme that leads them directly to a magic oil lamp and the larger than life Genie (Will …
See full article at Collider.com »

Robert Eggers’ ‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Major International Film Critics Prize at Cannes

Robert Eggers’ ‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Major International Film Critics Prize at Cannes
Robert Eggers’ psychodrama “The Lighthouse” has been named the best movie at Cannes’ Critics Week and Directors’ Fortnight by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci). The victory for “The Lighthouse” gives A24 its first major prize at Cannes and continues the awards buzz for “The Lighthouse” that exploded after the movie’s world premiere earlier this week. The film premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.

The International Federation of Film Critics also awarded Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard. Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. IndieWire recently named “Beanpole,” “A Hidden Life,” and “The Lighthouse” three of the 10 best films at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

The Lighthouse,” shot on 35mm black-and-white film and presented in Academy ratio, stars Willem Dafoe
See full article at Indiewire »

Werner Herzog Joined ‘Star Wars’ Series for Money to Finance Cannes Movie ‘Family Romance, LLC.’

Werner Herzog Joined ‘Star Wars’ Series for Money to Finance Cannes Movie ‘Family Romance, LLC.’
Werner Herzog surprised fans when in December 2018 Lucasfilm announced the prolific German director would be joining the cast of its first “Star Wars” series, “The Mandalorian.” Herzog rarely takes on acting gigs or projects that aren’t his own (a recent example being his villainous turn opposite Tom Cruise in 2012’s “Jack Reacher”), so many were left wondering what it is that lured the filmmaker to the “Star Wars” universe. As reported by Vanity Fair, Herzog’s decision came down to money, but not because the director was selling out. Quite the contrary, as Herzog needed to get funds to make what would become his new Cannes drama “Family Romance, LLC.”

Herzog’s latest is set in Japan and centers around a man who is hired to impersonate the missing father of a young girl. Similar to Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” the foreign-language movie features no major stars and thus
See full article at Indiewire »

Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse’ Wins Cannes Critics’ Award

Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse’ Wins Cannes Critics’ Award
Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, one of the first prizes for which “The Lighthouse” has been eligible at Cannes.

The award was announced Saturday in Cannes by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci), which also honored Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard.

At the same awards announcement, it was revealed that Terrence Malick’s Cannes competition entry, “Hidden Life,” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

The Fipresci honor for “The Lighthouse” marks another plaudit for Eggers, who is rapidly emerging as a major talent in many critics’ view, as well as for one of the best-reviewed of movies in any section at
See full article at Variety - Film News »
An error has occured. Please try again.

Recently Viewed