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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Netflix Assassin Thriller ‘Kate’ (Exclusive)

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Netflix Assassin Thriller ‘Kate’ (Exclusive)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is set to star in the Netflix actioner “Kate,” sources tell Variety.

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is helming from a script by Umair Aleem.

The story revolves around a female assassin, who, after being poisoned and given less than 24 hours to live, must go on a manhunt through the streets of Tokyo to take vengeance on her murderer before she dies.

The film will likely begin production this year.

The movie will be produced by Bryan Unkeless — who most recently worked with Winstead on the Harley Quinn spinoff, “Birds of Prey” — “Hobbs & Shaw” and “Deadpool 2” producer Kelly McCormick, and Patrick Newall. “Hobbs & Shaw” director David Leitch is exec producing with Scott Morgan.

Netflix landed the project in 2017 after winning an aggressive bidding war for the highly coveted property.

Winstead has gotten more and more comfortable with action-heavy roles after starring in “10 Cloverfield Lane,
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Boyz n the Hood Director John Singleton Is in a Coma After Suffering a 'Major Stroke'

Boyz n the Hood Director John Singleton Is in a Coma After Suffering a 'Major Stroke'
Director John Singleton is in a coma after he recently suffered a stroke.

Singleton’s mother, Shelia Ward, filed an application to establish a temporary conservatorship for his estate on Thursday.

In court documents, obtained by People, Ward wrote Singleton suffered a “major stroke” on April 17. “He is currently hospitalized in a coma and is unable to provide for his personal needs,” Ward said.

Ward said Singleton was involved in “several business projects and was prepared to sign a lucrative settlement agreement” at the end of the month, according to the documents.

The conservatorship would be established to prevent a “substantial financial loss.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaches $169 Million Globally After Record-Breaking Opening Day

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaches $169 Million Globally After Record-Breaking Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” was the number one film in every international market it opened in on Wednesday, earning $169 million globally in its first day in release overseas.

TheWrap reported Wednesday that the Marvel superhero film had a record midnight screening opening in China and earned $107.5 million on its opening night, the highest ever for a Hollywood film in the region. And “Avengers: Endgame” posted similarly record-breaking figures in 25 markets in all.

“Endgame” had the highest industry opening day in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Greece and Egypt. It fell to number 3 in Singapore, Austria, Iceland and Germany, number two in Italy and was just the highest ever MCU title in France.

“Endgame” opens Thursday in the U.K., but the $169 million total did not include any midnight screening numbers from the U.K.
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Bond 25 Team Reveals Cast, Plot Details, But No Title

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Bond 25 Team Reveals Cast, Plot Details, But No Title
James Bond’s next adventure will go untitled for a little longer.

In a promotional video tied to the start of production on the upcoming 007 sequel, the filmmakers behind the movie unveiled the cast, confirmed that Oscar-winner Rami Malek will be the villain, but stopped short of sharing a moniker for the spy thriller. It will continue under its working title of Bond 25. The film’s producers and star Daniel Craig did hint at certain plot details even if many of the castings they confirmed had been widely reported.

“We’ve got quite a ride in store for Mr. Bond,” promised producer Barbara Broccoli. She also left a few breadcrumbs about what that ride might entail, telling viewers that the film will start with Bond out of active service and on holiday.

“He’s enjoying himself in Jamaica,” said Broccoli, who added that the production has built an “extraordinary
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Demian Bichir Announces Death of Wife Stefanie Sherk at Age 37

Demian Bichir Announces Death of Wife Stefanie Sherk at Age 37
Canadian actress and model Stefanie Sherk has passed away at the age of 37.

Sherk's husband, actor Demian Bichir, shared the heartbreaking news in a message to his followers on Instagram. Along with a photo of Sherk, Bichir wrote, "Dear friends, On behalf of the Sherk and the Bichir Nájera families, it is with inconceivable pain that I announce that on April 20, 2019, our dearest Stefanie Sherk, my beloved and loving wife, passed away peacefully."

"It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don't know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain," his message continued. "Stefanie's beautiful, angelical and talented presence will be immensely...
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Push IMAX to Record Box Office in 2019, CEO Richard Gelfond Says

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Push IMAX to Record Box Office in 2019, CEO Richard Gelfond Says
IMAX Corp. reported earnings for the 2019 first quarter that were down compared to last year, but the company has high expectations for the box office thanks to “Avengers: Endgame.”

The premium format exhibitor reported adjusted earnings of 18 cents per share for the quarter, down from the 21 cents per-share earnings the company reported during the same three-month period a year ago. Imax’s third-quarter earnings fell in line with Wall Street’s expectations for 18 cents per share, according to estimates gathered by Yahoo Finance.

Revenue for the quarter hit $80.2 million, which was down compared with the $85.0 million IMAX reported last year. The company’s reported revenue was also shy of Wall Street’s expectations for $81.2 million for the quarter.

IMAX said that gross box office from IMAX Dmr films was $256.3 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to $246.9 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Also Read: IMAX Annual Grosses Reach $1 Billion
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‘Death Stranding’ is a ‘Playground of Possibilities,’ Will Make You Cry

‘Death Stranding’ is a ‘Playground of Possibilities,’ Will Make You Cry
The Thursday evening conversation between game-making auteur Hideo Kojima and “Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus about highly-anticipated PlayStation 4 game “Death Stranding” was filled with interesting anecdotes, but little in the way of hard fact.

Instead, Kojima made a promise of sorts to the audience and seemingly fans everywhere waiting for more news on the game.

“Maybe in a month or so, maybe.”

While the hour-long talk Tribeca Games talk moderated by Geoff Keighley didn’t feature many new facts, it was riddled with clues, hints, and a bit of philosophy about the game and what making it felt like and playing it will feel like.
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‘Death Stranding’ is a ‘Playground of Possibilities,’ Will Make You Cry

‘Death Stranding’ is a ‘Playground of Possibilities,’ Will Make You Cry
The Thursday evening conversation between game-making auteur Hideo Kojima and “Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus about highly-anticipated PlayStation 4 game “Death Stranding” was filled with interesting anecdotes, but little in the way of hard fact.

Instead, Kojima made a promise of sorts to the audience and seemingly fans everywhere waiting for more news on the game.

“Maybe in a month or so, maybe.”

While the hour-long talk Tribeca Games talk moderated by Geoff Keighley didn’t feature many new facts, it was riddled with clues, hints, and a bit of philosophy about the game and what making it felt like and playing it will feel like.

Kojima said early on that when he designs a game he does everything in his head initially.

“But it’s kind of like I’m daydreaming,” he said. “I’m kind of brushing in the details as I make it, adding layers and layers to fill out an idea.
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Hear Bj The Chicago Kid’s Soulful Single ‘Time Today’

Bj The Chicago Kid has dropped the first single from his upcoming sophomore album 1123. The track, produced by Dre Harris and J Mo, is a groove-driven song with a retro R&B vibe. He told Billboard of the new song, “This is the song that you play when you finally have time, the song you play as you imagine having the time and the song you send to that loved one to prepare for that time. This song simply lets that person know that they’re never forgotten about.”

The singer’s debut album,
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Charles Bradley’s Posthumous Song ‘Lonely as You Are’ Is a Devastating Masterclass

Charles Bradley’s Posthumous Song ‘Lonely as You Are’ Is a Devastating Masterclass
The late soul singer Charles Bradley was deep into chemotherapy when he entered a home recording studio in Queens, New York. In the fall of 2016, he’d been diagnosed with stomach cancer, forcing him to cancel a North American tour in support of his third album, Changes. Weak, but resilient, Bradley entered the recording booth and began to record the vocals for a new song, “Lonely As You Are,” on the spot.

The resulting track is a heart-rending ballad that deftly mixes Bradley’s powerhouse vocals with country-tinged soul groove.
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Watch: Trailer for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Entry ‘Song Without a Name’ (Exclusive)

Madrid — Peru’s La Vida Misma and Paris-based sales agent Luxbox have dropped the first trailer and poster of Melina Leon’s “Canción sin nombre” (“Song Without a Name”), selected this week for the Cannes Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight.

Written by Leon and Michael J. White, “Song Without a Name” sums up some of ambitions and focus of the section under first-time artistic director Paolo Moretti: A first feature, a movie with a strong auteurist voice, and elements of genre in its slow-boiling thriller thrust and dashes of film noir.

“Song Without a Name” is lead produced by La Vida Misma, in co-production with Spain’s Mgc, Peru’s La Mula Producciones and Switzerland’s Bord Cadre, co-producers of “Monos” and “Divine Love,” well received at this year’s Sundance festival, and 2018 Directors’ Fortnight standout “Birds of Passage.”

Sophie Dulac Distribution, the French distributor of Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship
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Watch Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd Recreate ‘You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)’

Watch Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd Recreate ‘You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)’
This week in things you didn’t know you desperately needed: Paul Rudd joined Jimmy Fallon in shot-for-shot remake of Dead or Alive’s 1985 music video for classic hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).” The result is nearly identical, including dead-on costumes, hair and eye patches.

In the clip, Rudd, who appeared on The Tonight Show to promote the release of Avengers: Endgame, takes on the role of lead singer Pete Burns. The video is complete with soft focus lighting and a disco ball that reappears throughout the shots.
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Watch Idris Elba Cameo in Stormzy’s Video for ‘Vossi Bop’

Stormzy is back with a fast-talking, politically-tinged new single, “Vossi Bop,” and an accompanying music video. The video, directed by Henry Scholfield and choreographed by Shay Latukolan, takes the rapper around his hometown of London, opening with alone Stormzy in the middle of an empty Westminster Bridge, the London Eye and Big Ben visible behind him. He’s joined by a group of young dancers as he appears in front of the Bank of England and takes a shot at Boris Johnson, rapping, “I can never die/I’m Chuck Norris
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Funny or Die Duo Sets Christian Film Industry Satire 'Faith Based' (Exclusive)

Funny or Die Duo Sets Christian Film Industry Satire 'Faith Based' (Exclusive)
The faith-based film industry is getting the comedy treatment thanks to director Vincent Masciale and writer Luke Barnett.

The two – who worked regularly with Funny or Die before launching their own Lone Star production company – are teaming on Faith Based. Described as a satire of the Christian film industry, the movie will see Barnett and Tanner Thomason (another Funny or Die regular) play two idiot friends who realize that all faith-based films make "buckets of cash" and then set out on a mission to make one such movie of their own.

Lone Suspect will produce with Giles ...
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Director Erin Lee Carr Talks HBO Gymnastics Scandal Doc: It's a Story of Redemption

Director Erin Lee Carr Talks HBO Gymnastics Scandal Doc: It's a Story of Redemption
Much of Erin Lee Carr’s documentary work has focused on true crime, including Mommy Dead and Dearest and I Love You, Now Die, about a Massachusetts woman convicted of manslaughter for sending a series of text messages encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself.

Her newest film, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal – which bows May 3 on HBO – is a different kind of true-crime documentary. It may often be referred to as a scandal, but the courts will soon decide if the complicity on the part of officials at the USA Gymnastics, the governing body ...
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‘Aladdin,’ ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,’ ‘Shaft’ Set for China Debuts

Disney’s new live-action “Aladdin” will release in China on May 24, day-and-date with North America, giving the studio a run of three films in Chinese theaters as many months.

Two other Hollywood titles will also hit the big screen in the Middle Kingdom in the coming months: “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” on May 10 and the Samuel L. Jackson-starring action comedy “Shaft” on June 14, both also day-and-date with the U.S.

Jackson is quite popular in China, and starred in last month’s “Captain Marvel,” which made $154 million in the country. “Pikachu” stars the voice of Ryan Reynolds, familiar to Marvel-mad Chinese audiences as the superhero Deadpool, whose PG-13 rated film “Once Upon a Deadpool” got a surprise China release in January and made $42.5 million.

Aladdin” is the 12th live-action remake based on a beloved animated Disney classic. It is directed by Guy Ritchie, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and
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Film Review: ‘Patrimonio’

Though it never really went away on much of the globe, a sort of creeping feudalism is making such a striking comeback — with the ever-more-fabulously-rich squeezing the poor of every dime and resource — that Lisa F. Jackson and Sarah Teale’s documentary “Patrimonio” feels like a frightening portent. Will such crude appropriations of land and water to benefit the privileged, while depriving others of their most basic needs, become an increasingly typical future scenario?

Receiving a modest DVD and on-demand berth a year after premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, “Patrimonio” charts the struggle of a fishing village’s residents in Baja Mexico to maintain simple ocean access, among other things, as a humongous multinational development moves in. This particular David-vs-Goliath fight has a happy ending (at least so far). But what remains frightening is the ease with which the better-funded, better-connected combatants simply ride roughshod over every official legal
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Fan Bingbing Starts to Re-Emerge Months After Tax Scandal

Half a year after she was found guilty of tax fraud and disappeared from the public eye, Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing has begun to signal her comeback, attending a gala event and launching her own beauty product on social media this week.

The 37-year-old actress unexpectedly hit the red carpet in Beijing on Monday at a ninth-anniversary event for streaming giant iQiyi, though she arrived late and didn’t answer media questions. “iQiyi hosted a closed-door event of entertainment professionals, unrelated to any specific projects,” the company told Variety in response to a query about Fan’s attendance.

Industry watchers saw her presence as an attempt to assess public reception of her re-emergence months after she issued a groveling public apology and was ordered to pay more than $100 million in penalties and back taxes. Reactions on social media to her re-appearance suggest that Fan could face a tough road back to public favor.
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Film Review: ‘I Trapped the Devil’

Film Review: ‘I Trapped the Devil’
I Trapped the Devil” sounds like the title of a sermon or gospel song, but it’s a very literal-minded statement coming from the mouth of a leading character in writer-director Josh Lobo’s debut feature. This being a horror film, there’s a chance he’s even literally correct, rather than simply mad. A mixed-bag frightfest, IFC’s limited theatrical release doesn’t ultimately provide quite enough reward for a slow buildup. But it proves Lobo an able helmer (if one who could probably use a co-writer next time), eking decent atmospherics and good performances within a potentially claustrophobic premise.

In a framing device, two policemen break into a seemingly empty house where something is intangibly amiss. As they’re just about to find out what that is, the film jumps back several hours earlier, when others are arriving at the same house. Matt (Aj Bowen) and wife Karen
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘American Factory’

When the last truck rolled off the assembly line of the General Motors factory outside Dayton, Ohio, filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert were there to film it, documenting the end of a certain American dream, along with the unemployment of more than 2,000 people — down from 6,000 in more prosperous times. That was December 2008, and the resulting 40-minute short, HBO’s Oscar-nominated “The Last Truck,” served as a kind of elegy to “late capitalism” that couldn’t possibly have foreseen the next chapter of the story, which would become their feature-length follow-up, “American Factory,” snapped up by Netflix shortly after its Sundance premiere.

In “American Factory,” the co-directors have a very different story to tell about the fate of the Gm plant, which was reborn via an unlikely savior: In 2014, Chinese investor Cao Dewang bought the building and reopened it as Fuyao Glass America, manufacturer of windshields and auto glass. The
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