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May 25

Disney's 'Tomorrowland' tops box office on debut weekend

This photo Disney shows Britt Robertson as Casey, in a scene from Disney's "Tomorrowland" (image courtesy Disney / AP)

by Relaxnews

Sci-fi adventure-drama "Tomorrowland" starring George Clooney went straight to the top of the North American box office on its debut weekend, estimates showed Sunday.

The Disney movie, which has had mixed reviews, was projected to pull in $40.7 million over the Memorial Day long weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Directed by Brad Bird, the film tells the story of former boy genius Frank (Clooney) and the precocious Casey (Britt Robertson) in their danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of a mysterious place known only as "Tomorrowland."

The movie relegated musical comedy sequel "Pitch Perfect 2" into second place in the box office standings, expected to rake in $38 million over four days to Monday in the United States and Canada.

Starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, it follows the fortunes of the Barden Bellas singing team as they chase international success after being banned from the competitive circuit.

Third was the reboot of Australian director George Miller's "Mad Max" franchise, with $30 million.

Continue Reading at: CTV

May 24

See Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in the New Black Mass Trailer

by Christopher Rosen / EW

Black Mass doesn't arrive in theaters for four months, but Warner Bros. has already released a second trailer for the Johnny Depp crime drama. This one's just as good as the first, featuring images of savage mob violence cut together with Rick Ross' blistering "The Devil is a Lie."

"I need you to listen very carefully to what I'm saying, because there are lessons and again and again throughout your whole life. You got to learn from these things, right?" Depp as notorious criminal Whitey Bulger tells his 6-year-old son at the trailer's onset. "It's not what you do. It's when and where you do it, and who you do it to or with. If nobody sees it, it didn't happen."

Directed by Scott Cooper and starring Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon and Corey Stoll, Black Mass is out on Sept. 18.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Time

May 23

Cannes hails bloody, stylish 'Macbeth,' starring Fassbender and Cotillard

Actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'Macbeth,' at the Cannes international film festival (image courtesy AP)

by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

Cannes hailed the premiere of the Australian director's interpretation of the Shakespeare tragedy, the final film to screen in competition at the festival, which concludes Sunday. The film, among the most eagerly awaited at Cannes, is a grimly visceral adaptation of "Macbeth," shot partly in Scotland, striking in the bleak beauty of its earthy violence.

To play the Scottish warrior, Fassbender gravitated to the idea that Macbeth suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He credited Kurzel for making the connection to contemporary warfare.

"That changed everything for me," Fassbender told reporters Saturday. "We know from soldiers today coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan that describe post-traumatic stress disorder and the fact that they have these hallucinations. They can be walking down the street here, the Croisette, and the next thing, it's Basra."

Cotillard drew the loudest raves for her Lady Macbeth. Hers is a tender version of the character, not the manipulative monster often depicted.

"There's a lot of love between these two characters," said Cotillard. "They're just too damaged to be able to turn toward something more luminous."

Continue Reading at: CTV

May 22

Holy heartstrings, check out the trailer for 'Batkid Begins'

By Lisa Respers France

Get your tissues ready.

Warner Bros. has released the trailer for "Batkid Begins," which threatens to make you feel all of the feels.

The documentary tells the story of Miles Scott, who was a 5-year-old leukemia patient in November 2013 when the city of San Francisco helped the Make-A-Wish Foundation make his dream come true: He was a superhero for a day. Thanks to social media, the story resonated around the world and even got President Obama involved as Miles fought bad guys and saved "Gotham."

Batkid throws out first pitch

The trailer includes his father explaining why Miles so strongly identified with Batman.

"One of his doctors told us that with this disease, they just become, like, a fighter," the elder Scott said. "They fight for life. I think he sees the good vs. evil battle in superheroes."

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: CNN

May 22

Toronto film festival to offer $25K prize to international filmmakers

By Cassandra Szklarski

Foreign-language films are often overshadowed at the star-studded Toronto International Film Festival, but a new competitive program will try rectify that, says festival boss Piers Handling.

The long-running film showcase is setting up a new sidebar called Platform, which will highlight high-quality international cinema and give the next generation of filmmakers a chance to increase their global profile.

A three-person international jury will award a $25,000 prize to the best of the bunch.

"Platform is a real serious attempt on our part to elevate some of the most important international auteurs, people who are probably in mid-career who made two, three films, are well-known perhaps amongst the festival circuit in Europe, Latin America, Asia but haven't quite arrived in North America in the same way," Handling said Thursday when reached by phone at the Cannes Film Festival.

The juried program will be comprised of up to 12 films by international filmmakers.

Continue Reading at: The Vancouver Sun

May 20

First trailer for The Scorch Trials - sequel to The Maze Runner

Following on from the frantic escape at the end of The Maze Runner, the surviving kids will have a new deadly challenge to face in the Scorch...

2014s The Maze Runner, based on the book by James Dashner, was a moderate box office success but never seemed to capture the over the top attention of flicks like The Hunger Games despite being perfecty decent. Still $340 million is nothing to sniff at, so here's you're sequel.

Based on the second book in the series, The Scorch Trials follows the young ones as they head out into the world after the events of the first film but naturally things aren't at all what they seem. This trailer looks pretty spoilery, but then the target audience is almost certainly teens who have already read the book.

Check out the trailer:

Continue Reading at: Irish Examiner

May 18

'Pitch Perfect 2' beats 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to top of US box office

Pitch Perfect 2 has comfortably beaten Mad Max: Fury Road to the top of the US box office (image courtesy Universal)

After being released on Friday (May 15), the musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson raked in an impressive $70.3m (44.7m) over its opening weekend. Its three-day total exceeds the $65 million (41 million) that the original Pitch Perfect film earned in the US during its entire 2012 cinema run. Nick Carpou of distributors Universal called Pitch Perfect 2's opening weekend "pretty amazing", adding that: "People loved the first movie and it resonated well beyond that $65 million that the first film did."

Mad Max: Fury Road, which revives director George Miller's dystopian action franchise after a three-decade hiatus, opened in second place with takings of $44.4m (28.3 million). The R-rated blockbuster starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron has a hefty $190 million (120 million) budget to recoup, but Dan Fellman of distributors Warner Bros. said that he remains confident the film will prove an ongoing box office draw in the US, the world's most lucrative movie market.


Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron finished in third place in the US this weekend, adding another $38.8 million (24.8 million) to its total US box office takings. Joss Whedon's sci-fi blockbuster has now raked in over $1.14 billion (730 million) at cinemas worldwide, placing it eighth on the all-time list. Whedon's original 2012 Avengers film sits at third on the all-time list with takings of $1.52 billion (970 million).

Continue Reading at: NME

May 17

Naomi Watts, Matthew McConaughey film booed at Cannes

Naomi Watts and Matthew McConaughey's film "The Sea of Trees" was booed at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (image courtesy Yves Herman)

On paper, it looked enticing: a high-stakes drama of love and loss by Gus Van Sant starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Australian Naomi Watts and mostly set in Japan.

But The Sea of Trees, premiering Saturday in competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, has landed with a thud at its press previews, garnering the first big boos of this year's edition.

The picture, also featuring Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, drew unintended laughs and derisive whistles from the Cannes crowd, never shy about audibly expressing its views.

Critics later called it "long-winded", "sticky and gooey" and culturally patronising.

But Watts and McConaughey, sporting a bushy beard in Cannes, later brushed off reporters' questions about the devastating critical reception.

"Anyone has as much right to boo as to they do to ovate," McConaughey drawled.

He said he had been drawn to a character torn between earthly and supernatural concerns.

"I love logic, I love science. I believe that we are damn well expected to have our hands on the wheel, we are the architects of our own life," he said.

Watts, who suffered crushing reviews two years ago in Diana, defended her choice to appear in The Sea of Trees.

She called the movie "a beautiful love story that was painful and tragic".

Continue Reading at: Sydney Morning Herald

May 15

'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Mad Max' Soaring to $50 Million Openings at Box Office

Anna Kendrick (left) and Hailee Steinfeld in a scene from 'Pitch Perfect 2' (image courtesy Universal)

by Dave McNary

Universal's singing sequel "Pitch Perfect 2" is in a hot race with "Mad Max: Fury Road" at the U.S. weekend box office, with both films eyeing strong launches of $50 million - enough to dethrone the mighty "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Early Friday estimates, based on matinee numbers, showed the Anna Kendrick-Rebel Wilson musical connecting solidly with audiences at 3,427 locations with around $20 million to $22 million Friday. Should those numbers hold, "Pitch Perfect 2" would finish in the $48 million to $52 million range.

Warner Bros.' "Fury Road" is close behind with $20 million on Friday. The R-rated actioner, starring Tom Hardy, is expected to land in the $50 million range.

Co-starring Charlize Theron, "Mad Max" is screening at 3,702 locations.

After winning back-to-back weekends domestically, Disney-Marvel's "Ultron" is locked in third place with an impressive $35 million to $38 million for the frame.

Continue Reading at: Variety

May 13

Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a more socially minded tone

Catherine Deneuve and Emmanuelle Bercot pose for photographers during a photo call for the film La Tete Haute (Standing Tall), at the Cannes Film Festival (image courtesy AP)

by Jake Coyle, AP

The Cannes Film Festival unrolled its red carpet with a socially minded French drama, striking a more serious tone than the high dose of glamour the festival often opens with.

"Standing Tall," about a juvenile delinquent co-starring Catherine Deneuve, screened Wednesday ahead of its evening premiere as the festival got underway beneath sunny French Riviera skies.

Directed by the French actress-filmmaker Emmanuelle Bercot, "Standing Tall" is only the second film directed by a woman to open Cannes, where the dearth of female filmmakers has sometimes been noted.

Joel and Ethan Coen are presiding over the jury that will decide Cannes' prestigious Palme d'Or this year. They were set to introduce their jury, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Sienna Miller, later in the day.

Continue Reading at: CTV

May 11

Avengers: Age of Ultron still ruling US box office

Captain America and Thor, played by Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron (image courtesy Marvel / Disney / AP)

Avengers: Age of Ultron has topped the US and Canada box office for a second weekend, taking $77m (50m) - more than five times the earnings of its closest rival, action comedy Hot Pursuit.

The poorly-reviewed buddy movie, which stars Reese Witherspoon and Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, made $13.3m (8.6m) to take second place.

The Avengers sequel has now taken $313m (203m) in just 10 days in the US.

It is the joint second fastest film to pass $300m, tying with The Dark Knight.

The first film in the Avengers series, which features Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow, reached that mark in just nine days in 2012.

Continue Reading at: BBC

May 10

Miller goes 'Mad' once more with 'Fury Road'

by Brian Truitt

When it comes to vehicular chaos and warfare, George Miller was fast and furious before anyone.

The Australian writer/director returns to a nuttier version of the dystopian wasteland he dreamed up in the late 1970s with the new action film Mad Max: Fury Road (in theaters Friday).

Miller was 34 when a young Mel Gibson starred as highway cop Max Rockatansky in the original Mad Max in 1979, and then reprised the role in 1981's The Road Warrior and 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The filmmaker moved on to other projects that revved up his career including 1995's Babe and 2006's Happy Feet but 12 years ago, on a flight back to Sydney from Los Angeles, he got the idea for a trip down Fury Road.

Tom Hardy is the new Max, an antihero who's thrown into a two-hour epic chase across desert and through sandstorms to help get a group of women to safety and away from a powerful warlord (Hugh Keays-Byrne).

"Mel's Max was 30 years ago and he's a different person to some degree and I'm a different person to some degree," Miller, 70, says. "And I've spent so long with Tom that it's now Tom in my head as Max."

Check out this featurette on the movie:

Continue Reading at: USA Today

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