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TV Upfront Market, After A Slow Start, May Be Helped By Stable Economy

The old adage about a rising tide lifting all boats seems to be especially relevant to the major television networks as they swing into the home stretch of this year’s upfront ad sales season. Early indications suggest that ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC will collectively either meet or beat analyst expectations to sign […]

‘God’s Own Country’ Director Francis Lee On ‘Pretty Woman,’ Brexit And This ‘Super Exciting’ Era Of Queer Cinema

It had been hot and bright all the days prior, with the sun blazing down from the clear blue skies over Cluj, during my visit to the Transilvania Film Festival in Romania. But the day of my interview with Francis Lee, director of the heartswellingly lovely “God’s Own Country,” which opened the Edinburgh Film Festival this […]

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Has Lowest Opening Day for the Series; Mark Wahlberg Thinks Bay Might Return

Michael Bay‘s Transformers: The Last Knight had the lowest grossing opening day for any film in the 10-year-old franchise. The massive sequel, which has received terrible reviews but a fine Cinemascore, is still on track to make $65 million over the next five days. According to box-office analysts, it’ll fall short of expectations. Meanwhile, the film’s star, Mark […]

Legendary Bay Theatre To Be Revived By Cinepolis USA & Real Estate Developer Rick Caruso In Palisades Village

The classic Pacific Palisades Bay Theatre is coming back. Designed in 1948 with a marquee by S. Charles Lee, the Bay Theatre closed in 1978 and soon was converted into a hardware store. However, Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso announced today that exhibitor Cinépolis USA will be bringing the Bay Theatre back as […]

‘Wonder Woman’ To Conquer ‘Mamma Mia!’ As Top-Grossing Live Action Title By Female Director

Warner Bros. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman for Warner Bros/DC has crossed the $600M threshold worldwide and soon will become the highest-grossing live-action movie by a female director, taking over Universal’s 2008 musical Mamma Mia! That movie directed by Phyllida Lloyd grossed $609.8M at worldwide B.O. This weekend, Wonder Woman will click past the $300M mark. The movie through 20 days […]

Olivier Assayas Says Cannes Pulled ‘Carlos’ From Competition Because Of “Political Pressure”

The spring at Cannes, that battle between streaming and theatrical erupted, and became one of the central talking points on the Croisette. Netflix, who brought “The Meyerowitz Stories” and “Okja” to the festival, became the target of French distributors, angered at how the company skirts laws in the country regarding theatrical releases and streaming, by […]

Black Panther Confirmed to Include Nightshade

Marvel villain Nightshade will be making her way to Black Panther, teasing an MCU future full of werewolves. At this point, Marvel’s upcoming adaptation of superhero Black Panther is looking to be an ensemble to rival an Avengers film. Already hotly anticipated before the cast was announced, the new film is packed full of acting heavy-hitters who […]

‘Star Trek: Discovery’: First Look at Jason Isaacs’ Captain Lorca

The captain is on deck. Actor Jason Isaacs (who played Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) was conspicuously absent from the first trailer of the new CBS All Access show Star Trek: Discovery that debuted last month (check out our detailed breakdown here), but now the first photo of his Discovery character, Captain Gabriel Lorca, has […]

New Leadership Coming To WGA West: President Howard Rodman Won’t Seek Re-Election

The WGA West will have a new president and vice president come September. Howard Rodman, the guild’s president, is not seeking re-election as the guild’s election season gets underway, and he’s likely to be succeeded by David Goodman, currently the guild’s vice president. Rodman has served one two-year term as president and was eligible under […]

Kevin Costner & Woody Harrelson Team Up For Former Robert Redford/Paul Newman Project ‘Highwaymen’

When Paul Newman passed away in 2008, Robert Redford had been working on “A Walk In The Woods” (which he’d later make with Nick Nolte) as a potential project to make with his longtime friend. Another vehicle the duo had kicked the tires on was crime pic, “Highwaymen,” and it’s been percolating in development for […]