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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Hits $22 Million Internationally

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has blasted to $22.3 million at 29 international markets, a week ahead of its U.S. launch.

Australia is leading the way with $6.2 million, followed by France with $2.7 million and Italy with $2 million.

Germany generated a $1.5 million opening day on Thursday, the second-highest debut day of 2017 behind only “The Fate of the Furious.” Brazil opened with $1.2 million — nearly double the launch of 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which also bowed on a Thursday.

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Taiwan opened with $600,000 and a 62% market share. Netherlands launched with $500,000, the highest opening day of 2017 to date and the second-highest Marvel debut day ever, behind only “Captain America: Civil War.”

The sequel is ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “Thor: The Dark World” at the same point in their international runs.

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Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ in the Works as TV Series From Paramount, Anonymous Content

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Lestat is coming to television. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 of Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books for adaptation, the companies announced Friday. “It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV, in a statement. “The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary. »


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India Box Office: Will 'Baahubali 2' Set Records?

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India is bracing for what could be a historic weekend at the box office when Baahubali: The Conclusion opens wide this Friday.

Living up to its name, the first installment of Baahubali (which means "the one with strong arms"), is estimated to have reached a muscular $100 million worldwide when it was released in 2015. While India does not report box-office numbers, Baahubali: The Beginning brought in about $77 million in the country, according to estimates, and is considered among the top three grossers of all time.

In North America, the first film had "a monster opening," New »


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‘How to Be a Latin Lover’ Edges Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’ at Thursday Box Office

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The romantic comedy “How to Be a Latin Lover” topped the Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle” on Thursday night.

“Latin Lover” grossed $450,000 at 925 U.S. locations, while “Circle” took in $430,000.

Both new movies are expected to trail “The Fate of the Furious” this weekend, which should land in the $15 million to $20 million range during Friday-Sunday. The eighth film in Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” franchise has topped $171 million domestically in its first 13 days.

The Circle,” from STX and EuropaCorp, opens at 3,163 venues, and is projected to reel in between $10 million and $15 million. The movie, which premiered on Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival, has a relatively thrifty $18 million budget.

The Circle” is set in the near-future and stars Hanks as the founder of a Silicon Valley social media company, with »


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James Gunn Says a Fourth ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Would Follow a Different Group

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Before “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has even hit theaters, a third movie in the franchise was announced with the same lead characters. But if a fourth installment winds up getting made, director James Gunn said it would be completely different than the prior three movies. “I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple,” Gunn told the Toronto Sun. “I think that there could be a ‘Guardians Vol. 4,’ but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… Basically the story of this group ends with »


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'La La Land' Director Plots New Musical TV Show 'The Eddy'

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La La Land director Damien Chazelle will direct a new musical TV series called The Eddy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama will center around a club in modern-day Paris, its owner, the house band and "the volatile city that surrounds them."

British screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne will write The Eddy. Thorne is known for co-writing the This Is England spin-off series with Shane Meadows and creating the supernatural BBC show The Fades. He's also written for the hit teen drama Skins and the original British version of »


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‘Masters of the Universe’ Gets Release Date, Starts Search for Director

27 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Charlie’s Angels” and “Terminator: Salvation” director McG will not direct Sony’s upcoming adaptation of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” TheWrap has learned.

McG has left the project after circling around it since early last year. Longtime DC Films writer David S. Goyer (“Batman v. Superman,” The “Dark Knight” Trilogy) is still attached to pen the script.

Sony has begun the search to replace McG in the director’s chair and has set “Masters of the Universe” to be released on December 18, 2019. It’s a release slot. »


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Cannes Film Festival Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup

27 April 2017 10:44 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival has added seven more films to its lineup, including Roman Polanski‘s “D’après une histoire vraie,” Cannes organizers announced on Monday.

Other additions include films by Ruben Ostlund, Santiago Mitre and Barbet Schroeder.

The new additions:

Main Competition: “The Square” by Ruben Ostlund

Out of Competition: “D’après une histoire vraie” by Roman Polanski

Un Certain Regard: “La Cordillera” by Santiago Mitre “Walking Past the Future” by Li Ruijun

Special Screenings: “Le Vénérable W.” by Barbet Schroeder “Carré 35” by Éric Caravaca

Children’s Screening: “Zombillénium” by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord

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Mandy Moore Fends Off Sharks in ’47 Meters Down’ Trailer (Video)

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Mandy Moore is going deep. The “This Is Us” star accidentally gets dropped to the bottom of a shark-infested ocean along with “The Vampire Diaries” alum Claire Holt in the new trailer for the upcoming thriller “47 Meters Down.” Moore stars in the film as Lisa, who is ready for adventure in Mexico with her sister Kate (Holt) following a bad break-up. Kate suggests they go shark diving with some locals to catch a face-to-face look at great white sharks. Also Read: Mandy Moore Teases 'A Walk to Remember' Reunion: 'We're Working on It!' “I don’t even know how to dive, »


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Yeah, Baby! ‘Austin Powers’ Shagged Its Way to Theaters 20 Years Ago

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When “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” opened May 2, 1997, Variety described it as an “odd mix of sophisticated and lowbrow humor” but was enthused about the Mike Myers-Jay Roach collaboration. The film had cost less than $20 million so it was profitable with a modest $67 million worldwide. There was no deal in place for a sequel, but New Line execs noticed the comedy was a huge hit in home video and on cable. When the studio greenlit a sequel, many rival execs were surprised: They were still defining success solely by domestic box office.

Boosted by massive marketing tie-ins, 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” saw a spectacular domestic opening weekend of $55 million and completed its global run with $312 million. “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002) scored $296 million worldwide. After many years, rumors persist that a fourth edition is imminent. As Powers himself would say, “Yeah, baby!”

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‘Justice League’ Star Ray Fisher Signs With CAA

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Rising star Ray Fisher has signed with Creative Artists Agency.

Fisher is best known for his role as Victor Stone/Cyborg in the DC cinematic universe. He made his feature film debut in Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” last year and will reprise that role in the upcoming “Justice League,” which hits theaters on Nov. 17. The ensemble cast includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, and Jesse Eisenberg.

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Fishers will also star as the superhero in a standalone “Cyborg” movie from Warner Bros. and DC. The project was announced by the studio in 2014, but has not yet moved into pre-production or been dated.

Fisher, a native of New Jersey, gained notice after receiving strong reviews for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the Off-Broadway production of “Fetch Clay, Make Man »


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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Adds ‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Vets to Cast

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CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” has added five additional actors to its upcoming debut season. Among the new cast members are Shazad Latif of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” and Rekha Sharma of Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica.”

The new cast additions are:

Shazad Latif (“Penny Dreadful”): Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation. Rekha Sharma (“Battlestar Galactica,” “The 100″): Commander Landry, the security officer of the Starship Discovery. Kenneth Mitchell (“Jericho,” “The Astronaut Wives Club”): Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. Clare McConnell (“Dim the Fluorescents”): Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire. Damon Runyan (“Suits,” “Supernatural,” “Gangland Undercover”): Ujilli, a leader in the Klingon Empire.

The new actors join a cast that includes “The Walking Dead” actress Sonequa Martin-Green, who will star as the lead lieutenant commander, plus James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek, Anthony Rapp as a space fungus expert, and »


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How ‘There’s… Johnny’ Series’ Cast and Creators Treated Johnny Carson’s Legacy With Reverence

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Tribeca audiences were transported back to the 1970s on Thursday night when Seeso’s “There’s… Johnny!” had its premiere screening.

Audiences got to see episodes one and four of the series about Andy, a young man from Nebraska, and Joy, a talent coordinator on the show, as

they work behind the scenes on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.”

After the screening, stars Tony Danza, Ian Nelson and Jane Levy, creators Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon, and executive producer David Gordon Green spoke about bringing the seven episode series to life 17 years after it was conjured up by Reiser and Simon. The show, which is set in Los Angeles in 1972 and 1973, will premiere later this year.

Here are nine things we learned from the conversation about the series that, according to Simon, is not “That ’70s Show” with wacky Johnny

Carson clips.

1. Johnny Carson is played by Johnny Carson. Reiser »


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‘Justice League’ Actor Ray Fisher Signs With CAA

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Ray Fisher has signed with CAA, the agency announced Friday. Fisher is best known for his role as Victor Stone aka “Cyborg” in the DC Cinematic Universe. Cyborg had a brief cameo in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and Fisher’s character will next be seen in “Justice League.” The character is half-man, half-machine, and his borg-like abilities include super strength and a genius-level intellect. The actor posted a photo of himself on Instagram looking jacked at the gym, captioning the photo, “Half-Man, Half-Machine… #Borglife #JusticeLeague.” Also Read: 'Cyborg' Actor Ray Fisher Is Ripped in New ' »


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‘Vampire Chronicles’ Series in Development at Paramount TV, Anonymous Content

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Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 books from Anne Rice’s best-selling series “The Vampire Chronicles,” Variety has learned.

Christopher Rice, Anne’s son and four-time New York Times Bestselling author in his own right, will write the series and serve as executive producer alongside his mother, as well as Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin.

“It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured,” said Amy Powell, president of Paramount TV. “The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with ’90s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences. The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary or otherwise. We are thrilled to collaborate with Anne, Christopher, and the team at Anonymous Content on this epic series.”

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'Justice League' Star Ray Fisher Signs With CAA

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Justice League star Ray Fisher has signed with CAA.

The actor, who will play Cyborg in Warner Bros.DC Comics team-up, left his former representation, ICM Partners and Brookside Artist Management, in January.

Fisher, who earned raves as Muhammad Ali in a 2013 off Broadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man, was cast as Cyborg in April 2014 and made his debut in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

He'll next be seen in Justice League, which also stars Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller, and hits theaters in November. He's »


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Film Review: ‘Animals’

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If you can’t trust the talking cat — or perhaps the question should be if you can — whom do you trust? Such are brain-frying quandaries viewers may face deep into the darkness of “Animals,” a deliciously unhinged, blood-laced adult fairy tale from Swiss-Polish writer-director Greg Zglinski. Setting out with real-world levels of macabre nastiness as it wittily probes the marital faultlines between a bourgeois Viennese couple attempting a restorative Alpine getaway, the film takes a smooth, almost imperceptible left turn into Lynchian realms of illogic that will leave adventurous audiences both rapt and dazed, dreamily uncertain of where exactly they lost the plot. Unraveling this cat’s-cradle isn’t half as important or pleasurable as getting entangled in it to begin with; Zglinski’s espresso-dark humor and icy formal precision may nod to a host of expert cinematic mind-gamers, from Polanski to von Trier, at different intervals, but “Animals” gleefully »


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‘Fate of the Furious’ Pirated 2.1 Million Times in First Week After Theatrical Debut

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Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” is burning rubber on piracy networks, after the car-racing actioner crashed through box-office records since its theatrical premiere two weeks ago.

The pirated copies currently in circulation on file-sharing networks are all illegal camcords shot in cinemas, apparently originating from India, according to piracy-analytics firm Tecxipio.

“Fate of the Furious,” which bowed April 14 in the U.S., was illegally shared 2.1 million times worldwide in the following seven days, Tecxipio data shows. That makes it the most-pirated film for that week — however, the movie was well off the pace of its immediate predecessor, “Furious 7,” which was pirated by 4.74 million users over a comparable seven-day span in April 2015. Another data point: Universal’s “Jurassic World” had 3.1 million illegal shares in the first seven days after hitting pirate nets.

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Emma Watson Has an Idea for a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Sequel

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Emma Watson is all of us. She loved the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” so much that she already has ideas for a potential sequel. “I would love to do a sequel!” the actress told Access Hollywood at the premiere of her new movie, “The Circle.” “I always thought that Belle would become a teacher and she would run the library in the castle and open it up to the village.” “Beauty and the Beast” starred Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. Also Read: 'Beauty and the. »


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Tony Award Nominations Predictions: Hello, Bette Midler and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

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So few shows, so many nominations. The Tony Awards are so different from the Oscars and the Emmys, where it’s just an honor to be nominated. With the Tonys, it’s shameful not to be nominated, because in many categories that puts you in the minority. To explain what I mean, let’s begin with the possible nominees for best revival of a musical. In the 2016-17 Broadway season, one of the five musical revivals that opened will not be nominated. I think that loser slot is a close contest between “Cats” and “Miss Saigon,” since “Falsettos,” “Hello, Dolly! »

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