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‘The Souvenir’ Gifted Best Weekend Average; ‘Trial By Fire’ is Burned: Specialty Box Office

‘The Souvenir’ Gifted Best Weekend Average; ‘Trial By Fire’ is Burned: Specialty Box Office
The specialty box office is still in the doldrums as summer approaches, save for some breakouts. Showing some zest this weekend was Sundance’s The Souvenir from filmmaker Joanna Hogg, taking the weekend’s highest per theater average at $21,463. The A24 title starring newcomer Honor Swinton Byrne as well as her real-life mother Tilda Swinton (who plays her mother in the feature) and Tom Burke grossed $85,851 in four theaters.

“The film played to younger and older audiences in both markets this weekend with critics championing Honor Swinton Byrne’s heartbreaking and star-making performance in an expertly crafted romantic drama as one of the best of the year,” touted A24 Sunday.

How the film continues in the box office remains to be seen, but there’s already a sequel on the docket. “It’s a sign of confidence from investors in the project,” said The Souvenir producer Luke Schiller earlier this week.
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening

‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening
This weekend was a big one at the box office for Lionsgate, as “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” gave the studio its biggest opening weekend since the “Hunger Games” series ended back in November 2015. The latest chapter in the story of the vengeful assassin has earned an opening of $57 million from 3,850 screens, nearly double the $30 million opening earned by “John Wick: Chapter 2” in 2017.

At a time when many studios are acquiring recognizable franchises for four-quadrant appeal, “John Wick” was developed entirely in-house at Lionsgate with writer/creator Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski, growing from a cult favorite in 2014 to a potent R-rated summer action title. Critics and audiences have praised the film’s signature fight sequences, giving “Chapter 3” an 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- on CinemaScore.

As for “Avengers: Endgame,” which saw its time atop the box office charts come to an end this weekend, falling to No.
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‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.

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‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.
Polygram Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s film and television division, along with Capitol Music Group, Motown Records and Fulwell 73 announced today that “Hitville: The Making of Motown” has been acquired by Showtime for release in North America with plans for a fall premiere, and Altitude for theatrical release in the UK and Ireland. The feature-length documentary chronicles the enormous success and enduring cultural impact of Motown Records, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this September. Endeavor Content brokered both deals and represents the project worldwide.

Directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, “Hitville: The Making of Motown” focuses on the period beginning with the birth of the company in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The story of Motown is told through interviews with the label’s visionary founder, Berry Gordy, and many of its superstar artists and creative figures, as well as
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Local-language investor Library Pictures International launches in Cannes

Library Pictures International backed by initial consortium that includes Kkr, Sun Distribution, RSVP.

A consortium of investors led by investment firm Atwater Capital and Kkr’s Germany-based media company has launched a financing entity to invest in local-language production slates.

Library Pictures International has signed multi-year slate financing deals with several international producers and distributors, which besides Kkr include RSVP Productions in India, and Sun Distribution in Latin America and Spain.

The venture will look for opportunities to invest in further markets where local content claims significant market share. A line in the press release issued on Monday (20) by CAA
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Tarantino Demands Your Silence, Asks Cannes Audience to Not Give Away ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Spoilers

Tarantino Demands Your Silence, Asks Cannes Audience to Not Give Away ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Spoilers
In the grand tradition of cinematic masters the Russo Brothers, Quentin Tarantino has released a letter urging critics not to give away any Once Upon a Time in Hollywood spoilers. Tarantino’s latest is set to premiere at Cannes, and while the filmmaker has never had any public qualms with the concept of spoilers before, it looks […]

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Kit Harington Feared ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Would Be Accused of Sexism, and He Was Right

Kit Harington Feared ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Would Be Accused of Sexism, and He Was Right
[Editor’s note: The following post contained spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8.]

Game of Thrones” often came under fire over its eight-season run for its depiction of women (no more so than after Sansa’s controversial rape in Season 5), but the show reached a new low during its final season as Daenerys went full “Mad Queen” in what felt like seconds, Brienne was left crying over Jaime, Missandei was executed, and more. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kit Harington revealed he was worried about the final season causing backlash over the series being sexist. Harington feared the show’s final two episodes would come under scrutiny for killing off two of the show’s most important female characters: Daenerys and Cersei.

“One of my worries with this is we have Cersei and Dany, two leading women, who fall,” Harington said. “The justification is: Just because they’re women, why should they be the goodies? They’re the most interesting characters in the show.
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Céline Sciamma’s ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’ Is A Searing Love Story [Cannes Review]

In portraiture, representing someone’s likeness is more than an act of looking — it’s an act of learning another person. From the curves of her ear cartilage to the contours of her hands at rest, to paint a subject is to commit her to memory, even down to the smallest mannerisms. As Greta Gerwig asserted in “Lady Bird,” another film with a central female gaze, love is fundamentally an act of paying attention.

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Former Element execs launch new Irish distribution company (exclusive)

Break Out Pictures launches with four upcoming titles slated for Irish release.

A new Irish distribution company has been launched by former Element Pictures execs Nell Roddy and Robert McCann Finn.

Break Out Pictures launches with four upcoming titles slated for Irish release. As well as distribution, Break Out will focus on event cinema. Roddy and Finn most recently headed up publicity and sales respectively for Element.

This summer the company will release Hugh O’Conor’s coming-of-age drama Metal Heart, starring Jordanne Jones, Leah McNamara and Moe Dunford.

Three further titles are slated for an autumn release, including Ian Fitzgibbon’s pitch-black comedy,
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‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer Teases An Entirely Different Show

‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer Teases An Entirely Different Show
Westworld will never give us what we expect, but the trailer for season 3 manages to be even more baffling and tantalizing than ever before. HBO released the Westworld season 3 trailer during the highly anticipated Game of Thrones finale last night, but you’d have difficulty immediately recognizing it as a trailer for Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan’s […]

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Emilia Clarke Tells All About Daenerys’ Fate and What She Would Change About ‘Thrones’ Season 8

Emilia Clarke Tells All About Daenerys’ Fate and What She Would Change About ‘Thrones’ Season 8
[Editors’ note: The following post contains spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” series finale, “The Iron Throne.”]

As many fans expected following Daenerys Targaryen’s dark turn in the series’ penultimate episode, “Game of Thrones” ended with the once beloved dragon queen murdered at the hands of her former lover and nephew, Jon Snow. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the finale, Emilia Clarke said she had no idea Dany’s transformation into the Mad Queen was in store for her character. Clarke read the Season 8 scripts and was left speechless.

“What, what, what, What!?” Clarke said about how she reacted to Dany’s death. “Because it comes out of fucking nowhere. I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming. I cried. And I went for a walk. I walked out of the house and took my keys and phone and walked back with blisters on my feet. I didn’t come back for five hours. I’m like,
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Film London's Production Finance Market partners with Lff and Cannes pitching lab

Pfm has teamed with the Breaking Through The Lens pitching lab.

The 13th edition of Film London’s Production Finance Market (Pfm) has started new partnerships with the BFI London Film Festival and the Breaking Through The Lens pitching lab, as applications open for the 2019 Pfm (October 7-8 2019).

The market has partnered with Lff’s Buyers and Sellers industry programme to create a more accessible cross-over for those attending both markets. Film London and Lff will also co-select projects from the market to showcase as ‘Ones to Watch’. Lff 2019 runs from October 2-13, 2019.

The new partnershp with the annual Breaking
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Votd: Darth Vader Tears Through Hoth Rebel Base in Animated ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Reimagining

Votd: Darth Vader Tears Through Hoth Rebel Base in Animated ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Reimagining
Do you remember when we told you about the animated Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures animated shorts last fall? As part of the Star Wars Kids channel on YouTube, these animated shorts recreate scenes from the Star Wars movies with some added details and moments that make them a little more exciting for kids who […]

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Cannes: Screen Media Buys ‘Liam Gallagher: As It Was’ (Exclusive)

Screen Media has acquired North American rights to Charlie Lightening and Gavin Fitzgerald’s feature documentary “Liam Gallagher: As It Was.” The film follows the former Oasis frontman as he finds himself on the periphery of the rock ‘n’ roll world after years spent at the white hot center of the music world. Screen Media will release the film in the fall and will time it with the debut Gallagher’s upcoming second solo album.

Liam Gallagher: As It Was” premiered at the Cannes Market this week. Lightening, who previously directed the video for Gallagher’s video “Chinatown,” and his co-director Fitzgerald were granted behind-the-scenes access as Gallagher mounted a comeback. For years, Oasis topped the charts with catchy songs such as “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” but Gallagher also dominated headlines with his loutish behavior and feuds with his brother and bandmate Noel. He was able to recapture some
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Madrid Region Booms as an International Production Hub

Madrid is booming as never before in its 125-year film history; arguably, no other European site is currently transforming so quickly into a global production hub.

A 20-minute drive north of the Spanish capital, a large white-concrete hanger has been built beside the Madrid-Burgos motorway, at the entrance to Tres Cantos, a well-heeled satellite village and industrial estate. Welcome to Netflix’s Madrid Production Hub, its first in Europe, which opened April 4.

Five minutes away from that are the offices of Movistar +, the pay TV unit of Telefonica, Europe’s second largest telecom, which has produced and released 20 original series since September 2017.

A quarter of an hour towards the city, in the Fuencarral district, the Mediapro Studio opened its doors last month, announcing it had 34 drama series in phases of production this year.

A hundred yards down the road are the offices of Mediterráneo, the new content production-distribution center of Mediaset España,
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‘The Lighthouse’ Ignites Cannes, Along With Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe Oscar Talk

‘The Lighthouse’ Ignites Cannes, Along With Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe Oscar Talk
It’s no surprise that psycho-thriller “The Lighthouse,” Robert Eggers’ dazzling follow-up to art-horror smash “The Witch,” should play well for Americans at Cannes. But it also played well on Sunday for two sets of turnaway international crowds who had to line up hours early to get into the Directors’ Fortnight entry, which could win a prize.

Rob Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go toe-to-toe in Eggers’ claustrophobic, Herman Melville-inspired two-hander, shot with black-and-white 35mm film and in Academy ratio. Filmed in stormy weather in Nova Scotia, the Quinzaine entry should yield another arthouse hit for A24. Their eventual date will reveal something about the distributor’s awards plans.

The Lighthouse” is something of a hybrid, which may be why it wound up in the Quinzaine, which is a strong Cannes platform for edgy indie fare like “The Florida Project,” among many other films, as opposed to the main Competition.
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Cannes: Stuart Ford’s Agc Takes World Sales on Emirati Comedy ‘Rashid and Rajab’

Stuart Ford’s Agc International sales arm has taken global distribution rights outside the Middle East to Dubai-set concept comedy “Rashid and Rajab” which will be hitting movie theaters in the region starting in June.

The deal between the film’s production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Agc, which have a close rapport, was signed in Cannes, they said in a statement.

Shot on location in Dubai, “Rashid and Rajab” revolves around a freak body switch between a wealthy Emirati executive and an Egyptian fast-food deliveryman. As a result, the pair gain a different perspective into each other’s lives, according to promotional materials.

The family-friendly pic is directed by Emirati director Mohammed Saeed Harib, known for creating Emirati animated children’s TV series “Freej.” It’s produced for Image Nation by Emirati filmmakers Ali Mostafa (“Fom A to B”) and Majid Alansari (“Zinzana”) in tandem with multi-hyphenate Rami Yasin’s Breakout Films.
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The Morning Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ Rocks, Creating the Dothraki Language, Dragon Power Levels & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ Rocks, Creating the Dothraki Language, Dragon Power Levels & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, watch as Game Of Thrones co-creator Dan Weiss […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Leaves Plastic Water Bottle In Major Tyrion Scene

HBO’s wildly successful “Game of Thrones” came to an end during its May 19 series finale, “The Iron Throne,” and the episode went viral not just for answering who ends up on the Iron Throne but also for including a plastic water bottle that was mistakingly left on set and filmed into a major scene. The bottle appeared 46 minutes and 19 seconds into the episode during the scene in which Tyrion is walking into a tribunal overseen by the surviving leaders of Westeros. As the camera pans across the leaders, a plastic water bottle can be spotted right behind Samwell Tarly’s left leg (see the photo above).

The plastic water bottle gaffe arrived just several episodes after the final season’s fourth episode, “The Last of the Starks,” went viral for including a plastic coffee cup placed on a table in front of Daenerys. While many initially believed the cup
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Quentin Tarantino in 'Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood' spoiler plea

Quentin Tarantino in 'Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood' spoiler plea
”I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way.”

Quentin Tarantino has written an open letter urging those in Cannes not to reveal spoilers about Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, which premieres at the festival tomrorow (May 21).

In a signed note posted on social media with the hashtag #NoSpoilersInHollywood, he said: “I love Cinema. You love Cinema. It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time. I’m thrilled to be here in Cannes to share “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood” with the festival audience.
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Quentin Tarantino Writes Open Letter Asking Cannes Not to Reveal ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Spoilers

Quentin Tarantino Writes Open Letter Asking Cannes Not to Reveal ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Spoilers
Quentin Tarantino is taking a page from the Russo brothers’ playbook by posting an open letter warning against spoilers for his new movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, is world premiering May 21 in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The film’s debut arrives just over two months before Sony Pictures is opening the title in theaters nationwide. Tarantino published an open letter on the film’s official social media pages asking Cannes audience members not to spoil the movie in advance.

“I love cinema. You love cinema. It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time,” Tarantino wrote. “I’m thrilled to be here in Cannes to share ‘Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood’ with the festival audience. The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids
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