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'Furious 8' Tops $1 Billion, 'Latin Lover' and 'Baahubali 2' Open Big & 'Guardians 2' Debuts

2 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While it's no small feat that The Fate of the Furious finished atop the box office for a third weekend in a row while crossing $1 billion worldwide, Pantelion's How to be a Latin Lover and Great India Films' Baahubali 2: The Conclusion are stealing some of the spotlight as the two films finished in second and third place at the domestic box office, despite the fact the two films played in just over 1,500 theaters combined. Additionally, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 got off to a healthy start overseas, one week ahead of its domestic debut. With an estimated $19.3 million, Fate of the Furious sees its domestic cume grow to $192.7 million, earning a third weekend atop the domestic box office. Of course, the bigger story is the film became Universal's fifth title to top $1 billion worldwide, joining the ranks of Jurassic World ($1.67 billion), Furious 7 ($1.52 billion), Minions ($1.16 billion) and Jurassic Park »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘The Godfather’ Reunion: Francis Ford Coppola, Cast on the Complicated Journey to Make Film History

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Corleone family and then some got back together Saturday night to recount the making of “The Godfather” during the Tribeca Film Festival’s closing night.

Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire took the stage to discuss the film’s complicated origin story during the panel hosted by Taylor Hackford.

Paramount bought “The Godfather,” Hackford intro-ed the talk, but they didn’t believe that mafia movies could work.

“I was attracted to it because I thought it was a foreign author, and an intellectual book about power,” Coppola recalled seeing the book before he had signed onto the film adaptation. But upon cracking the cover, he had some hesitations. “I was disappointed in the book when I first read it because it’s very long,” he said. “Much of »


- Seth Kelley

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Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island Tease Fyre Festival-Type Comedy

23 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island are capitalizing on the failure of the now-infamous Fyre Festival. Following Ja Rule and investor tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland’s ridiculed Bahamian concert series, the comedians announced on Twitter Friday that they are working on a movie with a strikingly similar scenario.

Fyre Festival was touted as a “luxury” music festival with scheduled performances from acts like Blink-182, Migos, Major Lazer, Pusha-t, and Disclosure. However, after headliners Blink-182 canceled last minute Thursday night, concert-goers quickly realized the Exumas event was a disorganized mess.

Disgruntled ticketholders shared images of the disarray on social media, prompting organizers to apologize. Ja Rule admitted to being “heartbroken” by the failed fair, which some disappointed music fans have even been calling a scam.

Rogen and The Lonely IslandAndy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone — jumped on the viral Twitter trend to announce their upcoming comedy.

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- JD Knapp

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Barbra Streisand: Sexism Cost Me Multiple Oscar Nominations

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barbra Streisand argued that sexism cost her Oscar nominations for “Yentl” and “The Prince of Tides” during a spirited public interview at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. But it wasn’t just men who balked at the idea of a woman calling the shots on a major motion picture.

“There were a lot of older people,” Streisand told her interlocutor Robert Rodriguez. “They don’t want to see a woman director.”

“I don’t know how many women wanted to see a woman director,” she added. »


- Brent Lang

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2017 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Audience Award Winners

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The jury prize winners from the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival were already announced earlier in the week, but now the final two audience awards have finally been given out as well.

For the narrative competition, the award went to the women’s rights period piece “The Divine Order” (“Die göttliche Ordnung”), written and directed by Petra Volpe out of Switzerland. Volpe also won this year’s Nora Ephron prize, while lead actress Marie Leuenberger won best actress in a narrative feature film.

As for the documentary competition, Greg Campbell’s “Hondros” was selected as the fan favorite. Campbell and Jenny Golden wrote the doc, which recounts the story of award-winning photographer Chris Hondros who was killed in Libya back in 2011.

“The Divine Order” and “Hondros” were announced during the 45th anniversary celebration of “The Godfather” at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, marking the official end of the festivities. »


- JD Knapp

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‘Reservoir Dogs’ Reunion: Quentin Tarantino Says Wes Craven Walked Out of His Mafioso Masterpiece

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The Godfather” isn’t the only classic whose cast and crew are reuniting at Tribeca this weekend. Last night also saw a 25th anniversary screening of “Reservoir Dogs,” with Quentin Tarantino appearing alongside Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth to discuss his classic debut.

Lynn Hirschberg moderated the discussion, beginning the proceedings by asking Tarantino about the film’s world premiere at Sundance. The writer/director called the event “kind of a disaster” because of technical difficulties: “At the height of it all, when everyone is pointing their guns at each other, the power went out. It was a fucking disaster.”

Well before “Reservoir Dogs” saw the light of day, Tarantino was confident that good things were on the horizon. He told the story of »


- Michael Nordine

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‘13 Reasons Why’: Canadian Schools Ban All Talk, Issue Warnings About Netflix Series

28 April 2017 4:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

13 Reasons Why” is causing controversy in Canada after some schools have started warning parents about the graphic nature of the young adult adaptation, despite the show’s positive messages regarding bullying and suicide prevention.

After debuting on the streaming service on March 31, executive producer Selena Gomez’s hit series has become the subject of dispute at multiple Canadian school systems in less than a month. According to the CBC, St. Vincent Elementary School in Edmonton, Alberta, sent an email to the parents of sixth graders letting them know their students were prohibited from even mentioning the show on school grounds.

“The discussion that is unfolding at school is troubling. This series is rated Mature and the theme is the suicide of a high school student. This show includes graphic violence (rape) and gore, profanity, alcohol/drugs/smoking, and frightening/intense scenes,” read the letter. “The purpose of this email is to provide you with this information. Please »


- JD Knapp

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Selena Gomez Responds to Critics of Her Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’: ‘It’s Not an Easy Subject’

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13 Reasons Why may be Selena Gomez’s passion project, but not everyone is pleased with the new Netflix teen drama. The series, which is based off of Jay Asher’s 2007 novel by the same name, follows the story of Hannah, a teen who committed suicide and the people she blames for her death.

Many have criticized the show as glorifying suicide at a time when mental health awareness is so prominent in society. In addition to fan reactions, star Paris Jackson called the series an “extremely triggering thing to watch,” and urged her followers not to watch it.

Gomez responded to those criticisms while speaking with the Associated Press this week. As an executive producer to the show, Gomez said that their goal was to reflect the dark, serious tone set by the book.

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‘Fate of the Furious’ Three-Peats With $19.5 Million, Crosses $1 Billion worldwide

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After three weekends in theaters, “The Fate of the Furious” has become the 30th film of all-time and the 2nd film of 2017 to gross $1 billion worldwide at the box office. F. Gary Gray’s entry into the “Fast & Furious” saga scored an estimated $19.4 million in its third frame, bringing its domestic total to $192 million and its worldwide total to $1.06 billion worldwide. While the film hasn’t performed nearly as strong domestically as “Furious 7” — “Fate of the Furious” failed to hit the $100 million in its opening — it has continued to enjoy incredible success »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Box Office: ‘Latin Lover’ Tops ‘The Circle,’ ‘Fate of the Furious’ Rides to Third Straight No. 1

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It has become a familiar story — “The Fate of the Furious” is, once again, the box office champ.

The massively popular eighth episode in the Fast and Furious franchise earned $19.4 million this weekend from 4,077 locations, placing it securely in first place during a sputtering weekend, anticipating the summer season. After winning the domestic box office for three straight weeks, the Universal movie’s U.S. total stands at $192.7 million. Not only that, “Fate’s” global total officially crossed the $1 billion mark, making it the 21st highest grossing movie of all time behind 2006’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Its total global sum stands at $1.06 billion.

But while “Fate’s” victory seemed inevitable, the rest of the weekend’s top five reaped intrigue. Pantelion’s “How to be a Latin Lover” slid into second over Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s not-so-distant future tech-thriller “The Circle.” Led by Mexican star Eugenio Derbez, »


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‘Fate of the Furious’ Crosses $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

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The eighth Fast and Furious movie is officially a billionaire.

After taking into account Saturday night’s grosses, Universal’s “Fate of the Furious” has achieved the $1 billion milestone. $867.6 million of the film’s earnings have come from the international box office, while domestically the high-octane actioner has made $192.7 million.

“Fate” shot out the gate to the largest global opening of all time with $542 million ($443.2 million international, and $98.8 million domestic). Directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan, the film’s insane stunts and diverse ensemble cast — including Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, ChrisLudacris’ Bridges, Scott Eastwood and Charlize Theron — has proven big box office success for the studio. In fact, of the four other movies from Universal to become billionaires, “Furious 7” sits in second place with $1.52 billion. »


- Seth Kelley

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Box Office: 'Fate of the Furious' Wins; 'How to Be a Latin Lover,' 'Baahubali' Beat 'The Circle'

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In an unexpected upset, How to Be a Latin Lover and Indian film Baahubali: The Connection — both beat Emma Watson's new high-tech thriller The Circle at the North American box office.

Overall, Universal's The Fate of the Furious stayed atop the chart in its third weekend with $19.4 million from 4,077 theaters for a domestic total of $192.7 million. Globally, the eighth outing in the action series gunned past the $1 billion after clearing a massive $867.6 million offshore, including a record-breaking $361 million in China.

How to Be a Latin Lover followed with $12 »


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See Will Ferrell's George W. Bush Visit Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Will Ferrell's George W. Bush served as one of the special guests at Samantha Bee and Full Frontal's "Not the White House Correspondents Dinner" special Saturday night in Washington, D.C.

"How do you like me now, huh?" "Bush" asked the room as he stamped out a cigarette with his shoe. "The prodigal son has returned. I don't know what that means but it's positive."

"Bush" then commented on his own "strained, contentious" relationship with the press.

"You guys would always sneak up on me with 'gotcha' questions »


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‘Close-Knit’ Wins Top Prize at Udine Far East Fest

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Rome — Japanese director Ogigami Naoko’s tender drama “Close-Knit” in which a transgender woman becomes a mother figure to a young girl won the Audience Award, the top prize, at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, which is Europe’s biggest showcase of genre and mainstream Asian cinema.

South Korean director Choi Kook-hee’s offbeat bowling thriller “Split” came in second in the audience vote at the nine-day fest which wrapped its 19th edition April 29.

Prior to scooping top Udine honors “Close Knit” had premiered in February in the Panorama section of Berlin fest where Variety critic Guy Lodge praised the pic as a “sweet-souled celebration of alternative family structures,” noting that it “further demonstrates the growing prominence and broader acceptance of transgender narratives in the arthouse.” “Knit” also scooped Udine’s Black Dragon Award decided by special pass holders.

“Split,” in which a washed-up former bowling champ »


- Nick Vivarelli

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China Box Office: 'Fate of the Furious' Overtakes 'Furious 7' to Become Biggest Hollywood Film Ever

9 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Universal's The Fate of the Furious is now Hollywood's top-grossing film ever in China.

On Saturday, the latest installment in the locally beloved action franchise clocked in at 2.44 billion yuan (about $350 million) at the Chinese box office, overtaking its predecessor Furious 7, which earned an historic 2.42 billion yuan in 2015. 

After its opening on April 14, Fast 8, directed by F. Gary Grey and starring franchise mainstays Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, smashed China's all-time opening-weekend records for an international film with a huge debut of $190 million. 

Midway through its third weekend in North America, Fate »


- Patrick Brzeski

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The Elephant in the Dining Room: Washington’s Media Elite Celebrate, Awkwardly, Without the President They Helped Create

10 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nearly every minute of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was laced with desperation. Saturday night at the Washington Hilton, the journalists that comprise the White House Correspondents’ Association gathered to celebrate their industry — or more accurately, to defend it.

President Donald Trump, who is alternately both combative with and ingratiating to the press, became the first president in 36 years to not attend the annual dinner. (The last was President Ronald Reagan, who was recovering from a bullet wound sustained weeks earlier. He still called in to crack a joke or two.) Trump has the habit of calling the mainstream media “fake news,” “failing,” or the “enemy” of the American people — and at the same time, has proven to be incredibly sensitive to, and swayed by, press coverage of himself and his closest advisors.

Trump’s boycott of the night read as another example of his typical childish impetuosity — especially given that the jokes made about him by »


- Sonia Saraiya

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Box-Office Milestone: 'Fate of the Furious' Crosses $1B Globally

12 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Universal and director F. Gary Gay's The Fate of the Furious has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office in yet another victory for the enduring series.

Fate of the Furious is in rarefied air, becoming the fourth title in the history of the 105-year-old studio to achieve the milestone in its original run after Jurassic World ($1.67 billion), Furious 7 ($1.52 billion) and Illumination’s Minions ($1.16 billion). Jurassic Park also crossed $1 billion in its re-release.

Through Sunday, the eighth outing in the Fast and Furious series has earned $192.7 million domestically and a massive $867.6 »


- Pamela McClintock

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Hasan Minhaj Delivers Best Correspondents’ Dinner Speech Since Colbert Insulted George Bush to His Face (Commentary)

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With his speech tonight at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Hasan Minhaj provided better “The Daily Show” marketing than anything Comedy Central has done since Jon Stewart left the show. He also turned in the best Whcd speech since fellow “Daily Show” alum Stephen Colbert in 2006. But where Colbert’s masterpiece performance came from insulting George W. Bush, a sitting president, to his face – and in the process making it Ok for the rest of the media to admit maybe Bush wasn’t a very good president — Minhaj’s performance tonight shined for what amounts to the opposite reason. Though. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Hasan Minhaj’s Best Zingers at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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Hasan Minhaj went all out at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, aka the Nerd Prom, Saturday night, roasting Trump, his administration and all the journalists who showed up with no hesitation. It was a half hour of non-stop zingers shot in all directions, pulling no punches. Below you’ll find a pile of Minhaj’s best zingers from the evening, arranged int he order in which he said them. “Welcome to the series finale of the White House Correspondents Dinner. My name is Hasan Minhaj or as I’ll be known in a few weeks, 830287.” Also Read: White House Correspondents' Dinner: Press Integrity and. »


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Samantha Bee’s ‘Not the Whcd’ Should Be An Annual Tradition If Trump Continues to Boycott the Real One

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Hours before “nerd prom” kicked off at the White House Correspondents Dinner in D.C. — minus the president — Samantha Bee and her “Full Frontal” cohorts took the stage at Dar Constitution Hall for TBS’ “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.” The alt-tv special was more than twice the length of a regular “Full Frontal” episode, letting Bee’s typical ruthless comedy and satire loose with both barrels.

If viewers tuned in hoping for an hour of bashing President Trump, they were in for some disappointment. Not that there weren’t some excellent barbs made at Potus’ expense, but the night was more about celebrating the often-maligned journalists who continue to try to do their jobs in the face of adversity.

“You (journalists) basically get paid to stand in a cage while a geriatric orangutan and his pet mob scream at you. It’s like a reverse zoo. But you carry on. You »


- Andrea Reiher

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