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PopPolitics: ‘War Machine’ Director on the Futility of Another Troop Surge in Afghanistan (Listen)

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David Michod, the director of the new Netflix movie “War Machine,” debuting this weekend, said that his initial reaction to reports that President Trump’s advisers are calling for more troops in Afghanistan was one of “bewilderment.” “I can’t pretend to be surprised,” he tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “We are now in the 16th year… Read more »

China Box Office: ‘Pirates’ Sails Off With $66 Million Opening

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Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” enjoyed one of the widest releases in Chinese history and opened with a $66 million three-day weekend opening. The film played 115,000 screenings on Friday, expanding to over 130,000 on Saturday, and then 115,000 on Sunday. According to data from local provider Ent Group, “Pirates”… Read more »

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sails Toward $300 Million Opening Weekend Worldwide

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Disney’s latest crack at the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise appears to be a global hit. The fifth installment, subtitled “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is sailing to $270.6 million at the international box office. That, combined with the $77 million it’s expected to pull in over the four-day holiday domestically, should easily put the… Read more »

Cannes Awards: Controversial Swedish Satire ‘The Square’ Wins Palme d’Or

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CANNES — The 70th anniversary Cannes Film Festival has wrapped, culminating with an unconventional awards ceremony in which Pedro Almodóvar and his jury bestowed a couple unexpected bonus prizes, including a tie for screenplay and a special award to Nicole Kidman, who appeared in four projects in this year’s official selection, including competition titles “The… Read more »

‘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 »