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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer: Bellas Reunite to Compete Against Real Musicians (Video)

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Bellas are back in the first full trailer for “Pitch Perfect 3,” the third film in Universal’s a cappella musical comedy franchise. Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return to take their voices on the road. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas Uso tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to. »

- Thom Geier

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‘The Big Sick’ and ‘The Beguiled’ Set Records at Indie Box Office

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This past January, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon wowed Sundance audiences with their romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” and at Cannes, Sofia Coppola made history by becoming the first woman to win the festival’s Best Director prize for her remake of “The Beguiled.” Now, both films have finally arrived in theaters with Los Angeles/New York limited releases this weekend, and the results have been stellar. “The Big Sick” grossed an estimated $435,000 from five screens, giving it the best per screen average of the year so far with $87,000 per screen. “The Beguiled,” also performed very well with $240,545 from four screens. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Feud’ Stars Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange on Plight of Hollywood Women: ‘We Were Aged Out’

21 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This story about “Feud: Bette and Joan” first appeared in the Miniseries/Movies issue of TheWrap Emmy magazine. There’s a line that pops up several times in the limited run of “Feud: Bette and Joan,” and repetition does not make its sentiment any less true: “Feuds aren’t about hate, they’re about pain.” Ryan Murphy’s latest FX franchise digs deep into the mutually-inflicted wounds of show business icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, and the corporate and societal machinery that pitted them against each other. Murphy’s frequent leading lady Jessica Lange plays Crawford, and Susan Sarandon »

- Matt Donnelly

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’

23 June 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t have any trouble getting a date to the big dance: Early reactions hit the internet on Friday evening, and many in the superhero film press are deeply enmeshed in its charming web. “#SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It’s gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run,” tweeted Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell after a New York City media screening. #SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It's gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run. — Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 24, 2017 Film critic Mike Ryan from Uproxx. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing”

23 June 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Deborah Riley Draper in “Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct”: Cady McClain

“I’m not afraid to say, ‘I don’t know,’” says Leslie Hope, director of TV and docs, in a trailer for “Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct.” “I’m also not afraid to say, ‘This is what I want…Can you please make it the way I want? Because, by the way, I’m the director.’” Hope is one of the characters featured in Cady McClain’s upcoming documentary, which turns the camera on female filmmakers and interviews them about their career experiences, their goals, and the roadblocks they have encountered as women in the film industry.

The full feature doc version of “Seeing Is Believing” made its world premiere at the Soho Film Festival on June 19 and took home the Audience Award. McClain’s project, which was partially a crowdfunding effort, has been presented in many forms. In addition to the feature documentary version, the subjects’ commentary has been developed as a limited series and as individual interviews. McClain and her team are also writing a book from their conversations with directors like Hope (“Murdoch Mysteries”), Deborah Riley Draper (“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”), Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Marianna Palka (“Bitch”), Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”), and Meera Menon (“Equity”).

“I am really excited about the audience reaction to this piece and thrilled that we just won the Audience Award at the Soho Film Festival. Viewers of the piece always tell me that they are inspired after watching it, which to me is a major win,” McClain told us. “The statistics and stories of how women are silenced are too many, and it makes me really happy to give something to them that will help them feel there is a way forward, and that there is hope.”

McClain’s other directing credits include episodes of “Suzy F*cking Homemaker” and “Venice the Series” as well as short films “Flip Fantasia” and “The World of Albert Fuh.”

Check out the “Seeing Is Believing” website for a full list of the women interviewed for the project as well as “some good guys” who are vocally supportive of their female colleagues. You can watch the trailer below.


Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Box Office: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Assembles $37.5 Million in Three Days’ Time

24 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Transformers: The Last Knight” had a slightly unconventional Wednesday night opening this week, but its Friday numbers aren’t anything for the Autobots to actually write Cybertron about.

Despite its franchise-low opening, the fifth film in the “Transformers” saga is expected to easily win the first official weekend of summer 2017, while “Wonder Woman” and “Cars 3” will be in a tight race for second place.

Transformers 5” had already pulled in $23.7 million from Wednesday and Thursday showings going into the weekend, but Michael Bay can now add another $13.8 million from 4,069 theaters to his total. This brings the Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, and Stanley Tucci vehicle from Paramount to just over $40 million so far, with an expected $64 million domestic cume by Sunday’s end for the 5-day.


As ‘Wonder Woman’ Soars, Movies Starring Men Fail to Connect at Box Office

Wonder Woman” continues to prove impenetrable as Patty JenkinsDC Comics adaptation lassoed another $7.35 million on Friday »

- JD Knapp

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‘The Leftovers’ & ‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

23 June 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Carrie Coon has made quite a name for herself on the small screen recently. Her roles in “Fargo” and “The Leftovers” are putting her in the Emmy discussion. Now, it seems, she’s ready to make that transition to the big screen, and she’s signed up for her next big film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coon will soon begin production on “Widows.”

Widows” is based on the 1980’s British TV series about a group of armed robbers who are killed during a heist attempt.

Continue reading ‘The Leftovers’ & ‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ at The Playlist. »

- Charles Dean

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'All Eyez on Me' Prompts Journalist to Admit Having "Embellished" Tupac Articles

23 June 2017 12:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Journalists are supposed to be factual. Then again, copyright law doesn't protect the naked recitation of historical facts. Alas, a quandry showcased in a new lawsuit against Lionsgate, Morgan Creek and others associated with All Eyez on Me, the biopic about the late rapper, Tupac Shakur.

In a complaint filed on Friday in New York federal court, Kevin Powell claims the movie infringes upon several of his articles for Vibe Magazine published in the 1990s. But again, if Shakur's life events are in the public domain, how does a journalist possibly get around copyright limitations to sue filmmakers who tread similar »

- Eriq Gardner

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Edgar Wright Gives a Very Diplomatic Answer for Why He Left Ant-Man

24 June 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

What could’ve been. »

- Devon Ivie

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The Pitch Perfect 3 Trailer Is Hilarious and Surprisingly Explosive

28 minutes ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Bellas are back for their final tour! Check out the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, which sends the ladies overseas for more singing, goofing off, and acapella puns. »

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Transformers 5 Box Office: Robots In Disguise Are Number One, But It's Not Great News

46 minutes ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Michael Bay's Transformers movies continue to be titans at the box office - but with each passing film, it seems that status is diminishing on the domestic front. »

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That Super-Sad ‘Toy Story’ Video About Andy’s Dad Has Been Debunked, Thankfully

52 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The internet was abuzz with a video explaining the sad, sad backstory to “Toy Story” yesterday; unfortunately — or maybe not, given what a bummer it was — the video has been debunked by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote all three movies in the series. “Complete and utter fake news,” he tweeted. “Everyone go back to your homes. Nothing to see here, folks. #Iwasthere”

Read More: Pixar’s Sequel Problem: Studio Tells Audiences Not to Worry About Franchises in Its Slate — Sf International Film Festival

Still, it’s a good story. According to Mike Mozart, who served as a toy consultant on the original film, Pixar’s former head writer Joe Ranft (now deceased) confided in him the tragic backstory of Andy’s dad. The long version can be found in the video below, but here’s the gist of it: Andy’s father, also named Andy, had polio as a child. »

- Michael Nordine

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Toy Story's Writer Responded To The Rumors About Woody's Backstory

1 hour ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Recently a man claimed to have the definitive backstory of Toy Story's Woody and Andy that answered every question you didn't know you had. Now, one of Pixar's top people has responded. »

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer: First Look At Final Sing-Off With Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

“We don’t do anything with dignity, okay?” Rebel Wilson’s “Fat Amy” (her ball cap reads “Make America Eat Again”) says in this first trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, and fans wouldn’t expect otherwise. Having graduated from college and finding the non-singing world a depressing place – service jobs and bull-tending apparently not being all their cracked up to be – the a cappella Bellas reunite for a Uso competition in Europe, where they’ll once again sing off against snooty… »

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‘Glow’ Featurette: Watch the Netflix Series Stars Do Their Own Wrestling

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Netflix is bordering on belligerent with the amount of content the streaming service has been offering to its subscribers lately, and if you’re looking to stay on top of it all, you should wipe your weekend plans because today marks the release of yet another full season of television. The 1980s-set series Glow, which is loosely based on the real-life low-budget […]

The post ‘Glow’ Featurette: Watch the Netflix Series Stars Do Their Own Wrestling appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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Guillermo del Toro Reveals the One Movie He Wishes He Hadn’t Turned Down — Watch

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For every movie Guillermo del Toro makes, there are two or three that he doesn’t. That’s just one topic the Mexican auteur touched on during a 90-minute masterclass at the animation-themed Annecy Festival, which found him in self-deprecating mode: “My statistics are very bad,” he said. “I have written 24 screenplays. I’ve made 10 movies.”

Read More: Cannes: Guillermo del Toro Talks Real-Life Monsters in Political-Leaning Speech

That just makes those that do get made all the more special, however: “Every movie I have made was made because I would die to have it made.” He’s done more than just features, of course, including creating the Netflix show “Trollhunters” — an experience del Toro speaks highly of.

“They put out the show we made,” he said of working with the streaming giant. “I’ve made movies that are sold as exactly the opposite of what they were. The show »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 Is Coming, Dan Harmon Assures Impatient Fans — and No, He and Justin Roiland Aren’t Fighting

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’re wondering whether “Rick and Morty” will return for a full third season, the answer is yes. If you’re wondering why it’s taking so long, Dan Harmon would like to assure you that “the truth in this case is so very boring” and that “the reason Season 3 took long is because it took long to write, because it was Season 3 of a show that we were scared to make worse than Season 2 or Season 1.”

Read More: ‘Rick and Morty’: Adult Swim Hints At How Long You Have to Wait for Season 3

That’s just part of an exhaustive Twitter thread Harmon launched about the acclaimed cartoon he co-created with Justin Roiland, which originally premiered in late 2013. The sophomore season followed in early 2015, and as a surprise Adult Swim aired the season-three premiere on April Fool’s Day. It’s been radio silence since then, and »

- Michael Nordine

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Joel Edgerton Will Direct Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman in ‘Boy Erased’

2 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Two years after making his excellent directorial debut, The Gift, actor Joel Edgerton is getting back behind the camera for Boy Erased. His adaptation of Garrard Conley‘s memoir, “Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family,” will star Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) as Conley, the son of a Christian Baptist Minister who was pressured to go to a gay conversion […]

The post Joel Edgerton Will Direct Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman in ‘Boy Erased’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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‘The Big Sick’ and ‘The Beguiled’ Rescue Indie Box Office, Top All 2017 Specialty Openers

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Things are looking up at the specialty box office as two festival hits, Sundance breakout “The Big Sick” (Amazon/Lionsgate) and Sofia Coppola’s Cannes director-winner “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) both beat all the 2017 limited openings to date. With $87,000 and $60,000 per theater averages respectively, they both accomplished something only one platform film (“Cafe Society”) achieved all last summer. And they did so the same weekend in some of the same theaters.

This shows that core specialty audiences are starving for cinematic nourishment they aren’t getting from mainstream studio fare.

The two new films join “Beatriz at Dinner” (Roadside Attractions), which expanded well in its third week. A box office rebound for specialized non-mass-audience film is finally under way.


The Big Sick (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 87; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, Seattle 2017

$435,000 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $87,000

Amazon strikes again with its $12-million Sundance acquisition marking the biggest limited opening of the year, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Older women and younger men – what’s the right line? | Brief letters

3 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Robin Murray | The Graduate and Souvenir reviews | Oil price | Miliband brothers | Welsh crosswords

Many people owe much to the vision and prodigious industry of Robin Murray (Obituaries, 19 June). Unmentioned was his excellent contribution to the co-operative movement, especially his report for Co-ops UK, Co-operation in the Age of Google, and his superb contribution as a member of the Welsh government’s co-operative and mutuals commission.

David Smith

Secretary, Co-ops & Mutuals Wales

• In reviewing The Graduate (Film and Music, 23 June), a film about the relationship between an older woman and a 21-year-old man, Peter Bradshaw says “the element of predatory abuse is inescapable”. On the same page, Benjamin Lee, reviewing Souvenir, a film about a relationship between an older woman and a 21-year-old man, says “it is refreshing to see her (Isabelle Huppert) in a romance with a 21-year-old without anyone making a point of their age difference.” Well, that’s clear then. »

- Brief letters

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