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How ‘SNL’ Said Goodbye to Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, and Kyle Mooney

How ‘SNL’ Said Goodbye to Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, and Kyle Mooney
Survive, from New York: “Saturday Night Live” will continue on without four prominent departing cast members, but most of them got a chance to offer up a few final laughs before the show completed its 47th season.

Word that Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson planned to leave the venerable late-night series after Saturday’s broadcast leaked out late in the week. That made appearances by the actors all the more emotional during NBC’s broadcast of SNL’s season finale. McKinnon made one more run as Ms. Rafferty, the down-and-out woman who is abducted (and probed) by aliens,
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Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey 2’ Starts Strong With 16 Million as ‘Doctor Strange’ Reigns Supreme Again

Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey 2’ Starts Strong With 16 Million as ‘Doctor Strange’ Reigns Supreme Again
The Crawley family still has the royal touch at the box office. “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” a sequel to the big-screen continuation of the beloved British television show, captured 16 million from 3,815 North American theaters in its domestic debut. Though down slightly from initial projections, those returns mark an encouraging start at a time when older audiences have been selective about going to the movies.

There had been understandable concern about the second “Downton Abbey” in terms of commercial prospects, and not because long-time fans of the series had tired of devouring the onscreen palace intrigue and class-system drama. Other than “House of Gucci” and James Bond sequel “No Time to Die,” many pandemic-era films catering to adults (such as Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” remake” and the Will Smith sports drama “King Richard”) struggled to sell tickets despite positive reviews. So it’s no small feat that nearly
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Netflix Swoops In With 50 Million Purchase of Emily Blunt, David Yates Film ‘Pain Hustlers’

Netflix Swoops In With 50 Million Purchase of Emily Blunt, David Yates Film ‘Pain Hustlers’
Netflix is wrapping up a deal for “Pain Hustlers,” a conspiracy film from David Yates that is set to star Emily Blunt.

The pact, which is for global rights to the package, is said to be in the 50 million range, according to a knowledgable insider. The sale is the biggest one so far out of Cannes, where dealmaking has been slow going. Netflix has been enduring some headaches of its own — a drop in subscribers triggered a stock sell-off, which led to layoffs and mounting skepticism about the streamer.

Pain Hustlers” boasts a script by “The True American” writer Wells Tower, and the film is produced by Lawrence Grey through his Grey Matter Productions banner and Wychwood Pictures.

The movie’s official logline reads: “Dreaming of a better life for her and her young daughter, Liza Drake (Blunt), a high-school dropout, lands a job with a failing pharmaceutical start-up in
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‘Law Abiding Citizen’ Sequel in the Works From Village Roadshow and Rivulet Films

‘Law Abiding Citizen’ Sequel in the Works From Village Roadshow and Rivulet Films
A sequel is in the works to F. Gary Gray’s 2009 action thriller “Law Abiding Citizen,” which starred Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx.

No cast has been set for “Law Abiding Citizen 2,” but Butler will return as a producer on the film along with his partner Alan Siegel for G-Base, and the film’s original producer Lucas Foster and screenwriter Kurt Wimmer will also be reprising their creative roles on the sequel.

Village Roadshow Pictures and financier and producer Rivulet Films are working on the sequel, with Rivulet’s Rob Paris and Mike Witherill serving as producers. Foster will produce for his Warp Films banner. And Village Roadshow Pictures’ Tristen Tuckfield and Jillian Apfelbaum will executive produce.

The plot for the sequel is being kept under wraps.

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Released in 2009, “Law Abiding Citizen” centered on assistant
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‘Twisted Metal’ Peacock Series Casts Neve Campbell

‘Twisted Metal’ Peacock Series Casts Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell has joined the “Twisted Metal” series adaptation at Peacock.

Campbell joins previously announced cast members Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz, and Thomas Haden Church in the series version of the Playstation video game franchise.

In the half-hour action comedy show, a motor-mouthed outsider (Mackie) is offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief (Beatriz), he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck.
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Lupita Nyong’o Exits ‘Lady in the Lake’ Series at Apple (Exclusive)

Lupita Nyong’o Exits ‘Lady in the Lake’ Series at Apple (Exclusive)
Lupita Nyong’o has exited the “Lady in the Lake” series adaptation at Apple from Endeavor Content, Variety has learned exclusively.

The show was first announced in March 2021. “Lady in the Lake” is currently in production and the hunt is now on for a new actress to take over her role. Natalie Portman remains attached to the series as co-lead and executive producer.

This is the second time in the past two years that Nyong’o has dropped out of a prominent TV role. Variety reported in 2020 that she was forced to exit an adaptation of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel
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‘Barry’ Stars Anthony Carrigan and Michael Irby on Playing the Cutest Gay Mobster Couple on TV

‘Barry’ Stars Anthony Carrigan and Michael Irby on Playing the Cutest Gay Mobster Couple on TV
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t watched “crazytimeshitshow,” the fifth episode of “Barry” Season 3, now streaming on HBO Max.

In a season that has seen many of its characters at their darkest, “Barry” has given fans a light in the form of NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan) and Cristobal’s (Michael Irby) relationship. Introduced in the first season of Alec Berg and Bill Hader’s crime comedy as members of the warring Chechen and Bolivian mafias, the two easygoing and cheerful mob bosses have had many moments of camaraderie with each other, as their friendly demeanors mesh together like chocolate and peanut butter.
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‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’ Review: Ethan Coen’s First Solo Outing Spotlights Lewis’s Timelessly Wild Rock ‘n’ Roll Joy

‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’ Review: Ethan Coen’s First Solo Outing Spotlights Lewis’s Timelessly Wild Rock ‘n’ Roll Joy
When a documentary gets made, as an off-ramp passion project, by a noted filmmaker who normally directs fiction films, there’s a special curiosity and excitement to seeing the angle — and the kind of craft — he’s going to bring to it. “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind” is the first movie directed by Ethan Coen all by himself. Ethan, of course, has always stood a bit in the shadow of his older brother Joel. So though it’s “just” a music documentary, this is Ethan’s chance to strut his solo stuff. And he does, in a very Ethan Coen way: clever, modest, borderline invisible, but with a kick that sneaks up on you.

Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind” is only 73 minutes long, and it tells the story of the great wild man of rock ‘n’ roll using almost nothing but old TV footage — performances that stretch back
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‘Corsage’ With Vicky Krieps Acquired by IFC Films Out of Cannes

‘Corsage’ With Vicky Krieps Acquired by IFC Films Out of Cannes
IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to “Corsage,” a costume drama starring “Phantom Thread” actress Vicky Krieps, that premiered at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard competition this week, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

Marie Kreutzer directed the film that is a story about the Empress Elisabeth of Austria known by the name “Sissi” from the 19th century. The film has earned rave reviews out of Cannes and is arguably one of the best reviewed films of the festival thus far.

In TheWrap’s review, Nicholas Barber wrote that “Corsage” stylistically resembles the dreamy Kristen Stewart film “Spencer.”

“Whenever the film seems to be settling into an atmospheric but conventionally good-looking period piece, Kreutzer throws in an amusing and jarring reminder of the modern world, as if Elisabeth were breaking out of her allotted role by time-traveling, momentarily, to the present day,” Barber wrote.

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‘Holy Spider’ Film Review: Disturbing Serial-Killer Drama Goes to Extremes to Show Violence Against Women

‘Holy Spider’ Film Review:  Disturbing Serial-Killer Drama Goes to Extremes to Show Violence Against Women
The Cannes Film Festival’s iconic red carpet played host to a rare form of protest on Sunday, as a feminist collective unleashed smoke bombs and unrolled a list of murdered women just before the world premiere of Ali Abbasi’s serial-killer drama “Holy Spider.” And if the demonstration’s cause was only too just, its context was all too uncommon, since these protesters were seemingly there to support, not oppose, Abbasi’s violent and disturbing film.

To follow up his Un Certain Regard-winning “Border,” the Iran-born Denmark-based director has burrowed into a chilling bit of true-crime from his native country, reimagining the 2001 case of a religious fanatic who slaughtered 16 young women and using that premise to explore systemic misogyny writ large. He does so by turning the murder thriller upside down, telling a story where the killer’s identify is never in doubt and his intentions are always crystal clear,
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‘Forever Young’ Film Review: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Semi-Autobiographical Tale Is Painfully Familiar

‘Forever Young’ Film Review: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Semi-Autobiographical Tale Is Painfully Familiar
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s “Forever Young” is a fictionalised account of her time at Les Amandiers, a prestigious acting school in Nanterre on the outskirts of Paris. As well as drawing on her own memories of student-dom in the mid-1980s, she and her co-writers, Noémie Nvovsky and Agnes De Sacy, interviewed other people who studied alongside her, and so their tragedy-tinged comedy drama, which is in Competition at Cannes, should have all the unruly specificity of real life.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t. It’s always watchable, and it has a distinctively grainy, intimate look, but the vague, generic characters and incidents are the kind of thing you might scribble on the back of an envelope without having done any research at all. If you’ve ever seen a film about performing arts students – the sort of people who are going to live forever and who are going to learn
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Female Filmmakers in Cannes Speak of Freedom and Its Price

Female Filmmakers in Cannes Speak of Freedom and Its Price
No, the abortion question has not come up in Cannes, at least not so far. But if the festival has brought more female directors than ever before to ground zero for international film, it is no surprise how many of them speak in their work of the quest for freedom — a woman’s right to exist and to choose a personal destiny.

The question is, of course, urgent. Abortion rights is on all of our minds in the United States, but it’s not the only threat that women face. On Sunday, a group of female activists held up smoke bombs ahead of the screening of “Holy Spider,” a thriller by Iranian-born director Ali Abassi about a faith-driven serial killer of women in a society that has spilled from patriarchy into outright misogyny. The women from the group called “Les Colleuses” held a banner displaying the names of 129 women who
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‘Downton 2’ Fails To Top ‘Doctor Strange 2’ In Weekend Battle of The Sequels

‘Downton 2’ Fails To Top ‘Doctor Strange 2’ In Weekend Battle of The Sequels
Even the strange sight of the lock-jawed Crawley clan frolicking on the French Riviera proved to be no match for the three-week-old Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness over the weekend as Downton Abbey: A New Era failed to unseat Marvel’s latest hand-over-fist blockbuster from the top spot in the battle of fan-service sequels. Landing slightly below expectations, Downton 2 debuted in the runner-up spot with a so-so 16 million while Benedict Cumberbatch’s superhero follow-up held onto first place for the third straight frame with a 31.6 million haul. Meanwhile, A24’s psychological horror film, Men, baffled audiences and bowed quietly in fifth place.

Proving that the third weekend can still be the charm, Disney’s Doctor Strange 2 continued to dominate multiplexes, grossing 31.6 million in North America—a dip of -48.8 from the previous session. The latest installment in the MCU scored a 6,969 per-screen average in 4,534 theaters, bringing its three-week domestic box-office total to 342.1 million.
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‘November’ Review: Slick French Thriller Is Less a Call to Remember Than an Appeal to Relax

‘November’ Review: Slick French Thriller Is Less a Call to Remember Than an Appeal to Relax
It took the French police just five days to track down the men responsible for the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks on Paris. In the meantime, the country was put on high alert: President François Hollande declared war on Daesh (Isis), and police were given carte blanche to bring the terrorists to justice. For those five days in November — the same period dramatized in French director Cedric Jimenez’s ticking-clock thriller “November” — the terrorists seemed to have achieved their purpose.

On Nov. 13, the terrorists attacked the Stade de France, where Hollande was attending a match; they opened fire on innocent Parisians eating at street cafés in the 10th arrondissement; and they turned a concert at the Bataclan theater into a death trap, killing 90 in that venue alone. France was traumatized. I know because I was there, ordered to stay indoors, afraid that this might be just the beginning. Like nearly everyone I spoke to,
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Korea Box Office: ‘The Roundup’ Blasts to 21 Million Opening Weekend

Korea Box Office: ‘The Roundup’ Blasts to 21 Million Opening Weekend
Locally-produced action franchise movie “The Roundup” blasted its way into the record books and elevated Korean box office to levels not seen for more than two years.

The film enjoyed record levels of pre-sales, significant teaser activity the previous weekend and opened officially on Wednesday.

Over the weekend proper it rounded up 21.1 million from 2,500 screens nationwide, according to Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

Its five-day cumulative (including the previews) is an astonishing 29.1 million, which makes it the second biggest film of the year, behind only “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and by far the highest grossing Korean film of the year to date.

Those figures were earned from 2.5 million spectators between Friday and Sunday, and 3.5 million in five days. They represented 86 of the aggregate nationwide weekend box office, far ahead of second-placed “Doctor Strange.”

In premium venues, “The Roundup” earned 700,000 from 17 Imax screens,
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Eminem Makes a Cameo in Pete Davidson’s Final ‘SNL’ Rap Parody ‘Forgot About Lorne’

Eminem Makes a Cameo in Pete Davidson’s Final ‘SNL’ Rap Parody ‘Forgot About Lorne’
After eight seasons of “Saturday Night Live,” Pete Davidson got his commemorative farewell from Eminem, who made a surprise cameo in a parody of his and Dr. Dre’s 1999 hit “Forgot About Dre.”

For the season 47 finale of “Saturday Night Live” on May 21, Eminem made an appearance as part of a cut-for-time musical sketch in tribute to “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels.

In the skit, Davidson raps about the legendary producer’s accomplishments, crediting him for promoting the careers of prominent comedians such as John Belushi, David Spade, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell.

The sketch starts with host Natasha Lyonne approaching
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‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’ Film Review: Ethan Coen Shakes the House With Rock Doc

‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’ Film Review: Ethan Coen Shakes the House With Rock Doc
Last year, Joel Coen went solo in a way, directing a compelling version of Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” without the collaboration of his brother and usual co-director Ethan. And Ethan Coen now takes his own turn in the solo spotlight with a Southern wild man who might as well be rockabilly’s answer to a tragic Shakespearean figure, Jerry Lee Lewis.

But don’t expect soliloquies or soul searching from the upcoming A24 release “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind,” although it does show off a hefty bit of rock ‘n’ roll style black magic in the way the protean piano player, strutting peacock and tortured Christian nicknamed The Killer helped create the blueprint for rock music and took the art of performance to crazy extremes.

And that performance is what Coen focuses on in his documentary, a tidy 73-minute romp through Lewis’ career that manages to fit
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British Cinema Owner, Distributor Romaine Hart Remembered for Pioneering Efforts

British Cinema Owner, Distributor Romaine Hart Remembered for Pioneering Efforts
In a British cinema scene increasingly dominated by multiplexes, Islington’s Screen on the Green remains something of a landmark. It may no longer be the independent it once was — having been bought 14 years ago by the boutique Everyman chain — but the North London stalwart still stands out, its quirky half-moon facade, red neon signage and pun-heavy marquee beckoning audiences into its single, intimate auditorium.

The programming these days mixes artsy discernment with commercial necessity: this week’s bill, for example, balances “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness,” with an offbeat short film screening and album launch on the weekend. That balance of inclusivity and eccentricity has kept it a go-to venue for London film lovers, and is very much the legacy of its former owner, British exhibition and distribution legend Romaine Hart, who passed away last December at the age of 88.

In
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Scandinavia Cannes Docs Showcase Touts Both New and Established Talent

Scandinavia Cannes Docs Showcase Touts Both New and Established Talent
Scandinavia is bringing talent old and new to the Cannes Film Market’s Cannes Docs sidebar this year, with a showcase of five feature length films-in-the-making pitched as part of the Scandinavian Showcase on Saturday.

“Children of the Lowest Heaven”

From Denmark, internationally acclaimed writer-director Birgitte Stærmose Mortensen, who has been working on mini-series for HBO, Starz and Netflix for the past five years, presented “Children of the Lowest Heaven” (“Ønskeliv”), a hybrid doc set in Kosovo.

Inspired by her short “Out of Love” (2009), about a group of children living in poverty in post-war Pristina, it picks up where she left off with the characters, who are now young adults, still fighting to survive in one of Europe’s poorest nations.

It’s about the long-term effects of war, and what it means to live a life in poverty. Poverty is not a moment but a lifelong state of being:
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The 5 Best New Netflix Shows to Watch in May 2022

The 5 Best New Netflix Shows to Watch in May 2022
Looking for a new Netflix show to watch? You’ve come to the right place. May sees the return of some of the streaming service’s biggest shows, as well as the debut of some brand new binge-worthy series that just may become Netflix staples in the not too distant future. Peruse our picks for the best new shows to watch on Netflix in May 2022 below.

The PentaverateMike Myers in “Pentaverate” (Netflix)

This one’s goofy, but if you’re into Mike Myers’ brand of humor, you may find much to love in “The Pentaverate.” The “Austin Powers” star created and stars in this brand new series as eight different characters, telling the story of a secret society of five men who have been working behind the scenes to influence world events for the greater good since the Black Plague. The supporting cast includes Keegan-Michael Key, Debi Mazar and Jennifer Saunders,
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