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'Fast & Furious 6' Driving Record Memorial Day Weekend at Box Office
"Fast & Furious 6" put its pedal to the metal with a $38.1 million Friday that has the Memorial Day weekend box office on a blistering record pace. The latest entry in Universal's muscle-car movie franchise could hit $120 million for the four-day weekend, and the overall box office is on track to top $300 million, which would easily outstrip the $276 million rung up in 2011, when "Hangover II" led the way with $85 million. The follow-up to that film, "The Hangover Part III," was running second after bringing in $14.5 »
- Todd Cunningham
Cannes: 'The Missing Picture' Tops With Un Certain Regard Jury
"The Missing Picture" by Rithy Panh has been named the best film in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival. The film uses clay figures to recreate Panh's childhood under the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. The jury was headed by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg and also included actresses Ludivine Sagnier and Zhang Ziyi. Other prizes went to Hany Abu-Assad's "Omar," Alain Guiraudie's "Stranger by the Lake," Diego Quemada-Diez's "La Jaula de Oro" and Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station." In a letter to Cannes' Thierry Fremaux and Gilles Jacob, Vinterberg wrote, "One »
- Steve Pond
Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Campaign Closes With $3.1 Million
The campaign raised the funds from 46,520 fans with pledges from $10 for T-shirts and production notes to two $10,000 pledges –one for the slate used on the film signed by the cast and the other for being a cast member with Braff promising to put the donor in a scene with a spoken line.
“We’d like to shoot in August in La, so if you would like a walk on role to complement your credit, you’ll need to be available then,” Braff explained. “You will provide your own travel and accommodation.”
- Dave McNary
Mariska Hargitay Inks New Deal to Return to 'Law & Order: SVU'
It's official: Detective Olivia Benson will be back. Mariska Hargitay has closed a new deal with studio Universal Television to return to NBC's long-running procedural Law & Order: SVU, the actress announced Saturday. "Happy weekend. It's official. Season 15--i'LL Be Back!" she announced via Twitter page. NBC renewed Law & Order: Svu in late April in anticipation that Hargitay would return. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2013-14 Wednesday's season 14 finale left the door open for Hargitay's Benson, with the character last seen at home -- not expected to return to work for two days and being
- Lesley Goldberg
Ed Asner, 15 Others Sue SAG-AFTRA Over Unpaid Funds
The suit, filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles by the United Screen Actors Committee, alleges that SAG-aftra has improperly withheld funds and stonewalled requests for information about $110 million held in trust by the union. Those funds, the suit alleges, have been collected by the union through foreign collecting societies without authorization or knowledge of union members.
SAG-aftra had no immediate response to the suit, which was assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Manuel Real.
The 52-page action seeks a jury trial, damages and a court order that would prevent SAG-aftra from continuing to collect foreign levies and set up an indepedent body to handle those funds.
“With foreign royalties, injunctive relief is sought for issuance of »
- Dave McNary
‘The Great Gatsby’ Hits $100 Million in the U.S.
Not bad, old sport.
“Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has taken in an additional $64.4 million overseas for a worldwide cume of $164.4 million with major markets such as Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Japan yet to open.
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“We all congratulate Baz and his amazing cast and crew on the success of the film which will continue to enjoy the lucrative summer play time,” WB distribution prexy Dan Fellman said in a statement.
Sue Kroll, prexy of worldwide marketing added, “We had the benefit of a wonderful collaboration with this extraordinary director and his cast and team. The film Baz put together, with its modern yet timeless feel, including its surprising musical mix, gave »
- Stuart Oldham
Amanda Bynes Tweets Again, Accuses NYPD Officer of Sexual Harassment
Just two days after Amanda Bynes was arrested for allegedly throwing a bong out of her 36th-floor New York apartment window and smoking pot in the lobby of her building, the troubled actress has taken to Twitter again to deny the charges - and make some accusations of her own against a police officer who arrested her. "Don't believe the reports about me being arrested. It's all lies," she Tweeted Saturday afternoon. "I was sexually harassed by one of the cops the night before last which is who then arrested me. He lied and said I threw a bong out »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Amanda Bynes Tweets Post Arrest: "I Was Sexually Harassed By One of the Cops"
Amanda Bynes is tweeting mad. Following her arrest in New York City Thursday night, the Easy A actress hit Twitter Saturday to give her side of what supposedly went down, claiming that she was sexually harrassed by a police officer. "Don't believe the reports about me being arrested," Bynes wrote Saturday. "It's all lies. I was sexually harassed by one of the cops the night before last which is who then arrested me. He lied and said I threw a bong out the window when I opened the window for fresh air. Hilarious. He slapped my vagina. Sexual harassment. Big deal." "I then called the cops on him," she continued. "He handcuffed me, which I resisted, quite unlike any of »
Amanda Bynes Maintains That She Did Not Throw a Bong, Claims NYPD Sexually Harassed Her
On Friday, a bewigged Amanda Bynes appeared in Manhattan court, where she was charged with reckless endangerment, marijuana possession, and evidence-tampering for her Thursday night bong-throwing incident. After claiming that what she tossed out of her 47th Street apartment building window was, in fact, a vase, she was released without bail, and promptly took to Twitter, where she maintained her innocence (and expressed a desire to consult with Nikki Minaj's wig person): "I only smoke tobacco I don't drink or do drugs. I've never had a bong in my life! I need to get another nose job after seeing my mugshot!" Now, Bynes has tweeted that she was sexually harassed by an NYPD officer. After warning readers against believing "lies" about her arrest, she wrote, "I was sexually harassed by one of the cops the night before last which is who then arrested me. He lied and said I »
- Caroline Bankoff
Cannes: Oscar-Worthy Cotillard and Director Gray Talk Divisive 'The Immigrant'
Characteristic of a number of Cannes competition titles, "The Immigrant" has divided audiences, although its morning screening Friday did not receive the audible boos that greeted the credit roll of "Only God Forgives" the day before. A poll of random badge holders who saw the film suggests that it has won over more moviegoers than not. And Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, who Gray said was "just made to be a movie star," has received near universal praise for her role in the film as the young Polish émigré Ewa, even from "Immigrant" detractors. Harvey Weinstein will likely try to fetch Cotillard a second gold statue. To be sure, the part was a challenge. Cotillard had 20 script pages of Polish to learn -- and for her character to be believable, she had to pull it off without a discernible accent (her Slavic skills seemed to pass muster). "There aren't a lot of »
- Brian Brooks
'Fast & Furious 6' Revs Up Holiday Weekend Box Office, 'Before Midnight' Starts Strong
After months of grosses that often fell short of last year, Friday's results indicate a huge uptick in business just as the summer season revs into high gear. With three new films joining three May hits, the top 10 yesterday grossed around $84 million, nearly double the Friday of Memorial Day weekend last year ($44 million). 1. "Fast and Furious 6" (Universal) floored the second best opening day gross of 2013 (including Thursday late night shows) of $38 million, more impressive with no 3-D surcharges to pad its gross. The "Fast" series has been a goldmine for some time -- "Fast Five" in 2011 had a late April opening day figure (also including Thursday shows) of $34 million, although with far less competition among new and current films. 2. "Hangover Part III" (Warner Bros.) did $14.5 million, good enough for #2 for the day. The two day total though is down more than a third from the first Thursday/Friday of "Part »
- Tom Brueggemann
Brad Pitt 'Did Everything He Could' to Protect Angelina Jolie
Like other busy young families, the Jolie-Pitt clan has weekends of comforting domestic frenzy. On a recent balmy spring Saturday, Mom busied herself returning phone calls and correspondence while her young children got underfoot. Meanwhile Dad tried to stay on top of mounting work projects as the older kids enjoyed a raucous playdate with pals in the yard. That afternoon Brad, Angelina and their bright, beautiful and sometimes exasperating crew - plus one family dog - piled into a van for an outing. "Nothing seemed different," says a family source of the scene at the couple's compound in the Los »
- Alicia Dennis
WikiLeaks goes to war with Alex Gibney over 'We Steal Secrets'
When I saw Alex Gibney's new documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" at Sundance, I was bowled over. My instant reaction was mostly admiration for Gibney, who has become "a beast at his craft," as my first blush Tweet noted. The film, opening in limited release this weekend, is a towering study of one of the most enigmatic figures of our time, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and it will surely be seen as the definitive documentary of the organization, which trades in leaked classified information that has had an impact on everything from the Arab Spring to perceptions of »
- Kristopher Tapley
Cannes Interview: Mexican Director Amat Escalante Talks Violent Love Story 'Heli'
When it screened at Cannes last week, the Mexican film “Heli” raised eyebrows and some hackles for its unsparing evocation of Mexico’s drug-war violence, including torture. A compelling story of one simple family who, through no real fault of their own, stumble into a nightmare, “Heli” is director Amat Escalante’s third film at Cannes, and his first in competition. A native of Barcelona who spent several formative years in the L.A. area, and in Austin, Texas, Escalante (34) lives and shoots film in Guanajuato, Mexico. We sat down a couple of days after his film premiered, on the terrace of the Francesco Smalto store opposite the Palais, where absurdly fashionable people did absurdly fashionable things while the plain-dressed and-mannered Escalante sipped some tea and talked about his film. There have been a lot of negative responses at Cannes to the violence in “Heli,” and with one scene in »
- Tom Christie
Cannes Un Certain Regard Awards: 'Missing Picture,' 'Omar,' 'Stranger by the Lake,' 'Fruitvale Station'
The Cannes sidebar Un Certain Regard 2013 presented in competition 17 films from 15 different countries, six of which were first films. Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" opened the program out of competition. The jury led by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt") included actresses Zhang Ziyi (China) and Ludivine Sagnier (France) as well as Ilda Santiago, the Head of Festival do Rio, and Enrique Gonzalez Macho, the Spanish producer, distributor, exhibitor. Vinterberg's letter is below: “Dear Thierry, dear Gilles Jacob, dear Cannes Film Festival, Thank you for giving us the responsibility of choosing and celebrating films from a very powerful Certain Regard selection 2013. It is a great honor for us, and the selection has been outstanding in many ways. One of the finest achievements in filmmaking is to create unforgettable moments - moments that stay with us - as a collective memory - as a collective mirror of our existence. Clay figures, »
- Anne Thompson
Photos: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams on the Set of David O. Russell's American Hustle
If you smelled suspicious fumes near Central Park South on the morning of May 18, blame David O. Russell. That’s where the director was shooting American Hustle, his seventies-set thriller about the real-life Abscam congressional-corruption scandal, starring a flammably coiffed cast that includes Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner. “There was so much hairspray,” says photographer Mark Peterson, who braved the haze for New York. “After every take, stylists would descend with hair picks. But the hair wasn’t moving, not even in the wind. Jeremy Renner’s head looked like a bird had landed on it and had kids.”The mood on the set was celebratory, both because of the content of the scenes (“Christian Bale and Amy Adams danced down Park Avenue,” says Peterson. “It looked like they were doing a hustle”) and because it seemed to be the final day of the shoot; after “cut” was called, »
Aviva Drescher Signs on to 'Real Housewives of New York' (Again)
Aviva Drescher is back on for the sixth season of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City," a Bravo insider confirmed to TheWrap. The housewife, who held the production hostage along with her cast mates for bigger paychecks earlier this month, broke the news on Twitter. Hey @extratv ! U guys just aired that I am not signed on to #rhony season 6. 4r betr or worse signed on and filming! #masochist. Lolxoxo — Aviva Drescher (@AvivaDrescher) May 23, 2013 Masochist, indeed. After Drescher and the other housewives failed to get raises from the »
- Jethro Nededog
Joss Whedon Explains New ‘Avengers’ Characters On Fallon (Video)
After confirming that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver would be in “Avengers 2,” Joss Whedon gave some clarity to why he chose those characters to appear in the next pic on Friday nights Jimmy Fallon Show.
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Whedon was plugging his next movie , “Much Ado About Nothing,” and before getting into that film Fallon asked Whedon if he could give them any scoop on the next installment of “The Avengers.” While Whedon didn’t have much news to break he did say that the two characters skill set made them very unique to the Marvel universe. (See Video Below)
“I found their powers to be very visually interesting,” Whedon explains. “In the last film a lot of the characters had very ‘punchy powers’ where they were always punchy something and that got kind of boring after awhile.”
Whedon added that no one had been »
- Justin Kroll
Cannes: ‘The Missing Picture’ Wins Un Certain Regard Prize
Cannes — Cambodian Rithy Panh’s autobiographical doc feature “The Missing Picture,” a highly personal account of the horrors of childhood lived under the Pol Pot regime, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
“Picture” mixing recollections with the director’s quest for a photograph of human suffering during Panh’s childhood, which coincided with Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, the director Unable to locate a photo, he fills the void with naïf clay figures of people at the time.
The top Un Certain Regard plaudit reps further recognition for “Picture.” Well-reviewed, the Films Distribution sold title has broken out to multiple territory sales at Cannes, including deals with the U.K. (New Wave) and Japan (Astair). A U.S. deal is in advanced negotiations.
In all the Un Certain Regard jury extended five awards, including an Un Certain Regard Future »
- John Hopewell
Cannes: Lesbian Coming-of-Age Story 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Wins Fipresci Prize
"Blue is the Warmest Color," Abdellatif Kechiche's three-hour coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl in a lesbian relationship, was named the best film in the main competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival by the Fipresci International Federation of Film Critics. The film, titled "La Vie D'Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2" in French, received widespread attention for its lengthy, graphic sex scenes, but it also took many critics by surprise and became one of the best-reviewed films of the festival. The winner was chosen by a jury of nine international film »
- Steve Pond
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