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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer: Bellas Reunite to Compete Against Real Musicians (Video)
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
‘The Big Sick’ and ‘The Beguiled’ Set Records at Indie Box Office
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
‘Wonder Woman’ breaks ‘Mamma Mia!’ record as top-grossing live-action film by female director
Patty Jenkins‘ “Wonder Woman” just surpassed Phyllida Lloyd‘s “Mamma Mia!” to become the highest grossing movie directed by a woman. That tune-filled 2008 picture established Meryl Streep as an international box office draw with total takings of just under $610 million. “Wonder Woman,” which features Gal Gadot as the title character, has made just over […] »
- Paul Sheehan
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’
“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
Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing”
“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.”
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
‘Blade Runner’ Turns 35: The Unloved Film That Became a Classic
June 25 is the 35th anniversary of the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed “Blade Runner,” one of the all-time science-fiction classics. The long-planned sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Ryan Gosling, opens in October; earlier this year, director Denis Villeneuve told Variety’s “Playback” podcast that he felt a lot of pressure working on “the most risky project” of his life, because the original is so iconic.
But if it makes him feel better, the earlier film was not a big hit with audiences or critics when it opened. In the 21st century, that seems incredible — how could people not flip out? But “Blade Runner” was so radical that it took several years for its impact to sink in. Even the filmmakers had misgivings: there have been multiple re-edits over the years, trying to hit movie perfection.
Rotten Tomatoes says it was “misunderstood when it first hit theaters.” In the original review, Variety reflected a lot of the mixed reaction, saying »
- Tim Gray
3 Reasons Why ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Folded at the Domestic Box Office
By almost any measure, $69 million is a heck of a lot of money.
Not so for “Transformers: The Last Knight,” which is tracking to make that much in North America during its five-day opening frame. The problem isn’t just that it’s up against a $217 million production budget, although that’s part of it. With China powering an estimated $196.2 million international opening, Paramount and Hasbro are leaning on the film’s global appeal to justify its place in the series.
But the bigger red flag for “Transformers” No. 5 lies in the franchise’s history of opening at around $100 million domestically for the past three installments. This raises a lot of questions, all centering around who or what is to blame for “The Last Knight’s” lower numbers. Here are three reasons why the movie may have underperformed.
1. Franchise Fatigue Strikes Again
It’s a different verse of the same song. This »
- Seth Kelley
Society of Composers & Lyricists hosts panel discussion with composers of ‘Goliath,’ ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ and ‘Patriot’
The Society of Composers & Lyricists hosted a panel discussion Wednesday night with composers Dominic Lewis (“The Man in the High Castle”), Alex Wurman (“Patriot”), and Jason Derlatka and Jon Ehrlich (“Goliath”). Gold Derby moderated the event at the Landmark Regent Theater in Westwood that was organized by Amazon and Impact 24 PR. Lewis worked under legendary composers John Powell, Hans […] »
- Zach Laws
'Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer': Film Review | Provincetown 2017
We're accustomed to thinking of great ballet stars as dazzling soloists. But Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer, an intimate study of longtime American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes, made over a period of seven years by co-directors David Barba and James Pellerito, spends as much time highlighting its subject's extraordinary aptitude for partnering. That undersung virtue is seconded here by a string of ballerinas including Misty Copeland, Polina Semionova and Diana Vishneva, who attest to the rare combination of technique, sensitivity and connection that makes Gomes such a generous and freeing other half in a pas de deux.
- David Rooney
Phil Donahue on Donald Trump: ‘He’s Elvis!’ (Video)
Phil Donahue has never been known to be much of a conservative, politically speaking. But on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” he bestows President Trump a rather “yuge” compliment – likening him to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. The TV icon told CNN’s Brian Stelter that if “The Phil Donahue Show” was still on the air, he’d be first in line to interview Trump. “It’s counter-intuitive not to ,” Donahue said. “As you know, the coin of our realm is the size of our audience. If we don’t draw a crowd, next week we will be parking cars. »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Submits Contestants to New Drug Policy (Report)
As “Bachelor in Paradise” resumes production after an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations, the show has implemented a new drug policy that in which contestants have their bags searched for drugs they are not prescribed. According to a production email obtained by TMZ, all over-the-counter and prescription medications must be turned in to the show’s medical staff prior to filming, and any drugs, illegal or otherwise, that are not turned in will be confiscated. Also Read: 'Bachelor in Paradise' Contestant Corinne Olympios Speaks Out: 'I Am a Victim' TMZ reports that the new drug policy is not »
- Jeremy Fuster
Inside the Minion-Filled 'Despicable Me 3' Premiere With Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig
The trio of Bob, Stuart and Kevin hammed it up on the carpet as they danced and later posed for pictures with fans. (Fun fact: given how hot it was the day of the premiere there were two sets of life-size minions on hand to »
- Brian Porreca
Prince Harry Was Once So Disillusioned by the Royal Family That He ‘Wanted Out’ for Good
But our resident Woke Prince decided to stay. »
- Devon Ivie
‘Big Brother’ Season 19 first impressions: Will any of the 8 Female houseguests be the next winner?
Now that we know the identities of the “Big Brother” Season 19 houseguests, do you think any of the eight women has what it takes to become the next winner? Below I break down my own first impressions of the ladies based on their official cast bios on the CBS site and their pre-game video […] »
'Pitch Perfect 3' Trailer Reunites Barden Bellas for "Farewell Tour"
The first trailer of Pitch Perfect 3 has arrived, bringing together Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Elizabeth Banks, and Hailee Steinfeld for the "farewell tour" of the a capella trilogy.
The third film finds the Barden Bellas have gone their separate ways after graduation and are struggling with their careers. After the women reunite at a bar, they decide to enter a Uso competition in Europe where they're up against more than just a capella groups but as Kendrick notes in the film, "bands that actually have instruments" including a rock group fronted by Ruby Rose.
- Arlene Washington
China Powers ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ to $196.2 Million Opening at International Box Office
The latest “Transformers” movie is seeing the lowest domestic opening in franchise history, but overseas numbers tell a different story.
“Transformers: The Last Knight” from Paramount and Hasbro is projected to earn $196.2 million by Sunday from 41 international markets. That, combined with the domestic take of $69.1 million, would put the film’s global opening at $265.3 million.
China is responsible for the bulk of the movie’s earnings. From 7,200 locations, “The Last Knight” should earn $123.4 million this weekend in the Middle Kingdom — the largest opening for a “Transformers” movie.
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The next largest territory is Korea, where the movie should gross $13 million from 1,721 locations. Russia should post $8.9 million in earnings from 1,251 spots. Next, in the U.K., “The Last Knight” should pull $5.7 million from 576 locations. To round out the top five, Germany should report $4.7 million in earnings from 611 theaters.
“The Last Knight” is having the biggest Imax opening in “Transformers »
- Seth Kelley
Bachelor in Paradise Has Instituted a New Drug Policy
Check your bags at the door. »
- Jenni Miller
The Unbearable Rightness of Daniel Day-Lewis Retiring (Even if He Doesn’t Keep to It)
When Daniel Day-Lewis, the greatest screen actor of his generation, announced this week that he would be retiring from acting, I had the same initial thought that, I assume, most everyone else did. After a few befuddled seconds of “Why?” I prayed that his announcement wasn’t the euphemism for a health crisis. Once I decided that it probably wasn’t (this is, after all, the actor who took an open-ended sabbatical to build furniture), a conviction began to settle over me. While I had no clear idea why an artist as passionate and celebrated as Daniel Day-Lewis would want to cut his ties to acting (I was going to add “when he’s at the top of his game,” though when has Daniel Day-Lewis not been at the top of his game?), every bone in my body told me that he’d be back. At some point. In some eccentric Daniel Day-Lewis fashion. He »
- Owen Gleiberman
‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer Teases End of Trilogy (Watch)
The first trailer for “Pitch Perfect 3” has been released, offering possible plot points for the final film in the a cappella trilogy.
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, and the rest of the now-graduated Barden Bellas will face off against Ruby Rose in the musical movie. Trish Sie is directing based off a script by Kay Cannon.
The trailer shows the singers struggling to succeed in their post-college careers. Luckily, Anna Camp returns in her original “Pitch Perfect” capacity with a plan to perform again in Europe. The twist? Their apparent competition comes complete with actual musical instruments.
- JD Knapp
Spider-Man: Homecoming Is Diverse, and Its Producer Explained Why in Just Nine Words
The latest Marvel flick has a teen cast made up almost entirely of nonwhite actors. »
- Abraham Riesman
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