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Fox Joins Tencent in Chinese Web Movie Production Slate

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Youth Tencent, part of China’s giant Tencent games and social media group, has amassed an impressive group of producers and investors for the first edition of its online movie production initiative. Twentieth Century Fox offshoot, Fox International Productions along with Sina Entertainment and iQIYI are among the partners on the 10-film Flying Wings (aka Bi… Read more »

‘The Leftovers’ Recap: Kevin Can Wait

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Do not read unless you’ve seen “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother),” the seventh episode of the third and final season of HBO’s “The Leftovers.” For my own amusement, I sometimes imagine describing individual episodes of “The Leftovers” to people who’ve never seen the show. Let’s try it with… Read more »

Foo Fighters Warm Up For BottleRock Festival With Secret Napa Show

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The Foo Fighters are set to take the stage at BottleRock in Napa Valley tonight, where they’ll close out the three-day festival, but before their headlining performance, the band warmed up Friday night (May 26) with an unannounced, invite-only gig at the nearby Blue Note jazz club. Some 150 very lucky fans got to watch a two-hour… Read more »

Bruce Springsteen Joins Steven Van Zandt Onstage for Saturday Night Surprise

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Bruce Springsteen kicked the Memorial Day weekend into high gear with a surprise appearance in New Jersey, joining Steven Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul Saturday night (May 27) at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Springsteen stood undetected watching the show in the aisle as Van Zandt performed selections from his just… Read more »

Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and a Crazed Daniel Craig Team Up in ‘Logan Lucky’ Trailer (Watch)

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Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen with a gaggle of wacky characters in the first trailer for “Logan Lucky.” That includes Channing Tatum who is reuniting with the director after working with him on “Haywire,” “Side Effects,” and “Magic Mike.” The movie following sibling Jimmy, (Tatum) Mellie (Riley Keough), and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver)… Read more »

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 »