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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Crosses $500 Million Milestone at Domestic Box Office

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“Beauty and the Beast” just waltzed past a major box office milestone. The live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 fairy tale crossed $500 million at the domestic box office after Saturday earnings were totaled, making it the eighth movie ever to do so. “Beauty and the Beast” has been a box office darling — and one… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Hooks No. 1, ‘Baywatch’ Belly Flops

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Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is sailing into first place at the domestic box office this weekend, but the story the numbers dictate is not one of swashbuckling heroics. Johnny Depp’s fifth outing as Jack Sparrow is looking at a three-day total of $62.2 million from 4,276 locations, and a four-day holiday… Read more »

‘Fate of the Furious’ Crosses $1 Billion Milestone at International Box Office

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“Fate of the Furious” is a billionaire overseas. The eighth installment of Universal’s Fast and Furious franchise crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office on Sunday, becoming only the sixth film in history to do so. This weekend the movie earned $3.3 million from 41 territories, pushing it past the $1 billion mark…. Read more »

9 Thoughts on Cannes 2017

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The Cannes Film Festival played host to some good movies this year (there is never a year when it doesn’t), yet throughout the 12-day event, there has been a pervasive feeling, shared by critics and distributors and publicists and audiences alike, that the festival’s been having a soft year, that the magic was tamped down…. Read more »

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Intruder’

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With excellent Critics’ Week opener “Sicilian Ghost Story” and now Leonardo di Constanzo’s Directors’ Fortnight title “The Intruder,” the Cannes 2017 sidebars have launched a mini-trend of Italian movies that, in very different ways, go some distance toward redressing the imbalance in cinema’s treatment of mafia stories. These are not epic Greek tragedies of dynastic power and greed, but… Read more »

Musicians React to Gregg Allman’s Death: ‘Words Are Impossible’

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Southern rock icon Gregg Allman died at age 69 on Saturday, leaving the music world without one of its central pioneers. The singer-songwriter was integral to the shaping of modern music, so naturally, many musicians are currently mourning his passing. The Allman Brothers Band confirmed the news they had lost a member on Twitter, saying,… Read more »

JFK’s ‘Lost Inaugural Gala’: How Sinatra Created Showbiz’s Biggest Political Night (Listen)

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The centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birth is on Monday, and to mark the occasion, PBS stations are presenting “JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala.” The program is a one-hour documentary about the parade of showbiz A-listers who threw a big bash for the then-incoming President on Jan. 19, 1961. There had been previous star-filled inaugural… Read more »

Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dies at 69

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Gregg Allman, whose hard-jamming, bluesy sextet the Allman Brothers Band was the pioneering unit in the Southern rock explosion of the ‘70s, died Saturday due to complications from liver cancer, his longtime manager, Michael Lehman, confirmed to Variety. He was 69. As recently as April 24, reports surfaced claiming Allman was in hospice, although Lehman denied… Read more »