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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Dawns With $196M Overseas; $265M Global – International Box Office
Update, writethru: Launching in 41 offshore markets, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight opened to $196.2M at the international box office. That's a big number and is towards the higher end of the pre-weekend range. But it’s also a swing from where we saw this coming in yesterday — partially the result of an unexpected 31% drop in China from Saturday to Sunday. The debut Fss cume there is $123.4M (63% of the full offshore bow). Factoring in domestic, the global… »
Silicon Valley: Here's How T.J. Miller Was Written Off
Warning: Spoilers for the Silicon Valley season finale follow. Read at your own risk!
Halfway through the current season of Silicon Valley, HBO announced that T.J. Miller was leaving the show. The actor, who has starred as Erlich Bachman since Season 1, revealed that he made the decision to allow »
- Sadie Gennis
Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Migos, Remy Ma Among Bet Awards Winners
Kendrick Lamar was named Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Chance The Rapper took home Best New Artist and Remy Ma nabbed Best Female Hip-Hop Artist from such nominees as Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott. Those were just a few of the honors handed out at the Bet Awards in Los Angeles on June 25.
Other winners included Beyonce, for the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award, Bruno Mars for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, and Migos for Best Group. New Edition received a special Bet Lifetime Achievement Award, and before taking the stage for a medley that included the songs “Mr. Telephone Man,” “Can You Stand The Rain,” and “If It Isn’t Love,” the boy band trailblazers from Boston were treated to performances of their biggest hits by the cast members of Bet’s New Edition miniseries, among them: “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now.”
- Variety Staff
'Transformers 5' Opens with Franchise Low as 'Wonder Woman' Surpasses 'Batman v Superman' Domestically
Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight took the #1 spot this weekend as expected, but that opening was the lowest the franchise has seen thus far by a rather significant margin as a lot of attention will now turn toward the film's international run. Meanwhile, WB's Wonder Woman is still tearing up the box office as it has now become the highest grossing release within the DC Extended Universe and it is showing little sign of stopping. Only one of the previous four Transformers features opened on a Wednesday and that was 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third feature in the now five-film franchise, and it debuted with $162.6 million over its first five days in release, $97.8 million of that from the three-day weekend. By contrast, Transformers: The Last Knight brought in a mere $69.1 million over its first five days in release, an estimated $45.3 million of which over the three-day weekend. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
‘The Big Sick’ and ‘The Beguiled’ Set Records at Indie Box Office
This past January, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon wowed Sundance audiences with their romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” and at Cannes, Sofia Coppola made history by becoming the first woman to win the festival’s Best Director prize for her remake of “The Beguiled.” Now, both films have finally arrived in theaters with Los Angeles/New York limited releases this weekend, and the results have been stellar. “The Big Sick” grossed an estimated $435,000 from five screens, giving it the best per screen average of the year so far with $87,000 per screen. “The Beguiled,” also performed very well with $240,545 from four screens. »
- Jeremy Fuster
‘Girlboss’ Canceled After One Season at Netflix
Sophia Amoruso, whose life was the inspiration for the series, shared the news in a series of Instagram stories on Saturday.
“So that Netflix series about my life got canceled,” she wrote. “While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a dick. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.”
The series was based on Amoruso’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name. It »
- Joe Otterson
‘Wonder Woman’ breaks ‘Mamma Mia!’ record as top-grossing live-action film by female director
Patty Jenkins‘ “Wonder Woman” just surpassed Phyllida Lloyd‘s “Mamma Mia!” to become the highest grossing movie directed by a woman. That tune-filled 2008 picture established Meryl Streep as an international box office draw with total takings of just under $610 million. “Wonder Woman,” which features Gal Gadot as the title character, has made just over […] »
- Paul Sheehan
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t have any trouble getting a date to the big dance: Early reactions hit the internet on Friday evening, and many in the superhero film press are deeply enmeshed in its charming web. “#SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It’s gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run,” tweeted Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell after a New York City media screening. #SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It's gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run. — Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 24, 2017 Film critic Mike Ryan from Uproxx. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing”
“I’m not afraid to say, ‘I don’t know,’” says Leslie Hope, director of TV and docs, in a trailer for “Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct.” “I’m also not afraid to say, ‘This is what I want…Can you please make it the way I want? Because, by the way, I’m the director.’” Hope is one of the characters featured in Cady McClain’s upcoming documentary, which turns the camera on female filmmakers and interviews them about their career experiences, their goals, and the roadblocks they have encountered as women in the film industry.
The full feature doc version of “Seeing Is Believing” made its world premiere at the Soho Film Festival on June 19 and took home the Audience Award. McClain’s project, which was partially a crowdfunding effort, has been presented in many forms. In addition to the feature documentary version, the subjects’ commentary has been developed as a limited series and as individual interviews. McClain and her team are also writing a book from their conversations with directors like Hope (“Murdoch Mysteries”), Deborah Riley Draper (“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”), Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Marianna Palka (“Bitch”), Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”), and Meera Menon (“Equity”).
“I am really excited about the audience reaction to this piece and thrilled that we just won the Audience Award at the Soho Film Festival. Viewers of the piece always tell me that they are inspired after watching it, which to me is a major win,” McClain told us. “The statistics and stories of how women are silenced are too many, and it makes me really happy to give something to them that will help them feel there is a way forward, and that there is hope.”
Check out the “Seeing Is Believing” website for a full list of the women interviewed for the project as well as “some good guys” who are vocally supportive of their female colleagues. You can watch the trailer below.
Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
‘Blade Runner’ Turns 35: The Unloved Film That Became a Classic
June 25 is the 35th anniversary of the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed “Blade Runner,” one of the all-time science-fiction classics. The long-planned sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Ryan Gosling, opens in October; earlier this year, director Denis Villeneuve told Variety’s “Playback” podcast that he felt a lot of pressure working on “the most risky project” of his life, because the original is so iconic.
But if it makes him feel better, the earlier film was not a big hit with audiences or critics when it opened. In the 21st century, that seems incredible — how could people not flip out? But “Blade Runner” was so radical that it took several years for its impact to sink in. Even the filmmakers had misgivings: there have been multiple re-edits over the years, trying to hit movie perfection.
Rotten Tomatoes says it was “misunderstood when it first hit theaters.” In the original review, Variety reflected a lot of the mixed reaction, saying »
- Tim Gray
Drg Names New CEO, Fox Takes New Role
Former BBC Worldwide executive Halliwell has been at Mtg-owned Drg since 2013 and will now run the business as Fox focuses on working up Atrium, Drg’s fledgling premium Ott drama business, which is being established with former Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer.
It is currently recruiting member companies who will finance high-end drama and take rights for their region, with Drg handling sales outside of the territories covered by the Atrium companies.
“Richard is very entrepreneurial and commercial, he gets things done and succeeds in managing everyday issues while constantly driving the business forward with new ideas,” Fox said of Halliwell’s appointment. “Drg is in very safe hands with him at the helm and I am delighted that we have been able to recognize his significant achievements and contributions with »
- Stewart Clarke
Shanghai Film Festival Awards: 'Pedicab' Wins Best Film, 'Loving Vincent' Takes Animation Honor
The Philippine film Pedicab, directed by Paolo Villaluna, won the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival's Golden Goblet Award for best feature film on Sunday.
Palme d'Or-winning Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu presided over the jury that selected the competition winners at the leading Chinese cinema event this year.
"For the humanism and universality of the story, for the simplicity of the style and realization – for the non-conformism with which it represented our desire to believe that there is a sense in this universe, the award for the best film goes to Pedicab, from the Philippines," Mungiu said as he called »
- Patrick Brzeski
‘Twin Peaks': We Think We Just Saw the Birth of Bob
Major spoilers for episode 8 of “Twin Peaks: The Return.” Besides being one long, Lynchian visual experiment, this week’s episode of the “Twin Peaks” revival also may have just given us the origin of just about everything — specifically Bob. And it starts with a nuclear bomb. A large, black and white photo of a mushroom cloud has been prominently featured in Gordon Cole’s office since the start of the season, but in episode 8, it came to life. A title card shows us that the explosion took place on July 16, 1945 at 5:29 a.m. History buffs will recognize this date. »
- Carli Velocci
‘Veep’ Season 6 finale recap: Selina Meyer abandons one glass ceiling to shatter another in ‘Groundbreaking’
After a season spent exploring the many ways Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) tried to stay relevant during the first months of her post-Presidency, “Veep” capped off its sixth term with a finale resplendent with revealing flashbacks, devastating setbacks, and one huge stride forward. Below, let’s take a look at the Top 5 moments from “Veep” […] »
- David Buchanan
New Edition Performs With Adorable Baby New Edition at Bet Awards
- Halle Kiefer
TheWrap Wins Entertainment Photo of the Year at Los Angeles Press Club Journalism Awards
TheWrap won Best Entertainment Photo of the year and placed in four other categories Sunday at the L.A. Press Club’s 59th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards. TheWrap’s Ada Guerin won Best Entertainment Photo for a picture of jazz dancer Travis Wall and placed second in Best Portrait for her photos of Iggy Pop, sharing the wins with Emma MacIntyre and Elisabeth Caren, respectively. TheWrap’s founder and editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman and senior film reporter Matt Donnelly scored second place in the entertainment news online category for their March 2016 report on the leadership vacuum faced by Sony. Also Read: Sony Entertainment 'Leadership Vacuum, »
- Tim Molloy
Veep Season Finale Recap: Off to the Races
Prediction: Jonah will be elected president before this show ends. »
- Jessica Goldstein
Bet Awards 2017: Bobby Brown Is Still Extra and Twitter Is Here For It
By now, most of us are aware that New Edition’s Bobby Brown is nothing less than extra, and Sunday’s 2017 Bet Awards showed us that some things will never change — and we’re Ok with that. The Bet Network bestowed the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to the R&B group New Edition, but not before the group enlisted the cast from the 2017 biopic to perform a tribute which went really well up until Bobby Brown (the real one) decided to Bobby Brown (verb) Bobby Brown (Woody McClain). Also Read: Issa No From Twitter on Trey Songz's Bet Awards Performance McClain was walking through. »
- Rasha Ali
Chance The Rapper Calls Out Police Brutality, Chicago Public Schools in Bet Humanitarian Award Speech
Michelle Obama praised the Chicago rapper in a video intro to the award. »
- Halle Kiefer
Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners
This year, some 500 filmmakers from 60 countries braved record temperatures to attend the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 20-26), the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America. Psisf hosted 338 fiction and documentary shorts, 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.
And more than 4,200 of the festival submissions were available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view online. Check out the complete lineup here.
Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, and Bifa as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the festival gives its competition filmmakers a chance to secure $20,000 in cash prizes in 21 categories. The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner gets the use of a camera package valued at $60,000. Only the first-place winners in five categories are eligible to vie for an Academy Award nomination. Over 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have »
- Anne Thompson
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