TheWrapTheWrap https://www.thewrap.com Covering Hollywood Mon, 21 May 2018 02:48:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Billboard Music Awards 2018: Complete Winners List (Updating) https://www.thewrap.com/billboard-music-awards-2018-complete-winners-list-updating/ https://www.thewrap.com/billboard-music-awards-2018-complete-winners-list-updating/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 02:29:20 +0000 Rosemary Rossi https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901576 Kendrick Lamar dominated in the early stages of Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, picking up five awards, including top rap artist.

Imagine Dragons and Bruno Mars each earned four awards, along with Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee for their mega-hit with Justin Bieber, “Despacito.”

Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners.

The awards are based on the chart period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

Kelly Clarkson hosted this year’s show, which was produced by dick clark productions. Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers.

Below is the complete list of winners:

Top Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid — WINNER**
Kodak Black

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Camila Cabello — WINNER**
Cardi B
Drake
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist:
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Halsey
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift — WINNER**

Top Duo/Group:
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons — WINNER**
Migos
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake — WINNER**
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran — WINNER**

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Kendrick Lamar — WINNER**
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran — WINNER**

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran — WINNER**

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
BTS — WINNER**
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
U2 — WINNER**

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
Khalid
Bruno Mars — WINNER**
SZA
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
Khalid
Bruno Mars — WINNER**
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:
Beyonce
Rihanna
SZA — WINNER**

Top R&B Tour:
Bruno Mars — WINNER**
Lionel Richie
The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar — WINNER**
Lil Uzi Vert
Migos
Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar — WINNER**
Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
Bhad Bhabie
Cardi B — WINNER**
Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour:
J. Cole
JAY-Z — WINNER**
Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton — WINNER**

Top Country Male Artist:
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton — WINNER**

Top Country Female Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris — WINNER**

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:
Florida Georgia Line — WINNER**
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan — WINNER**
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Rock Artist:
Imagine Dragons — WINNER**
Linkin Park
Portugal. The Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
U2 — WINNER**

Top Latin Artist:
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi
Ozuna — WINNER**
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers — WINNER**
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
ODESZA

Top Christian Artist:
Elevation Worship
Hillsong UNITED
Hillsong Worship
MercyMe — WINNER**
Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Travis Greene
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
Tasha Cobbs Leonard — WINNER**
Tamela Mann

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. – WINNER**
Post Malone, Stoney
Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide)
Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Selling Album:
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, reputation – WINNER**

Top Soundtrack:
Black Panther
The Fate of the Furious: The Album
The Greatest Showman
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Moana -- WINNER**

Top R&B Album:
Khalid, American Teen
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic — WINNER**
SZA, CTRL
The Weeknd, Starboy
XXXTentacion, 17

Top Rap Album:
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. — WINNER**
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Migos, Culture
Post Malone, Stoney

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s For You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 — WINNER**
Brett Young, Brett Young

Top Rock Album:
Imagine Dragons, Evolve — WINNER**
Linkin Park, One More Light
Panic! At The Disco, Death of a Bachelor
Portugal. The Man, Woodstock
U2, Songs of Experience

Top Latin Album:
Nicky Jam, Fenix
Christian Nodal, Me Deje Llevar
Ozuna, Odisea — WINNER**
Romeo Santos, Golden
Shakira, El Dorado

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Avicii, AVĨCI (01)
The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open — WINNER**
Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Kygo, Stargazing
ODESZA, A Moment Apart

Top Christian Album:
Elevation Worship, There Is A Cloud
Hillsong UNITED, Wonder
Hillsong Worship, Let There Be Light
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection — WINNER**
MercyMe, Lifer

Top Gospel Album:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way From Sunday
Travis Greene, Crossover: Live From Music City
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit — WINNER**
Marvin Sapp, Close

Top Hot 100 Song:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” — WINNER**
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape Of You”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.” — WINNER**
Lil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour LLIF3”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Post Malone ft. Quavo, “Congratulations”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” — WINNER**
Lil Pump, “Gucci Gang”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

Top Selling Song:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” — WINNER**
Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

Top Radio Song:
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Charlie Puth, “Attention”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You” — WINNER**

Top Collaboration:
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”

Top R&B Song:
Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” — WINNER**
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B, “Finesse”

Top Rap Song:
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar” — WINNER**

Top Country Song:
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Top Rock Song:
Imagine Dragons “Believer” — WINNER**
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy”
Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”

Top Latin Song:
J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce, “Mi Gente”
Becky G ft. Bad Bunny, “Mayores”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” — WINNER**
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Wisin ft. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This” — WINNER**
Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato, “No Promises”
Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie, “Rockabye”
Kygo & Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me”
Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay”

Top Christian Song:
Elevation Worship, “O Come To The Altar”
Hillsong Worship, “What A Beautiful Name” — WINNER**
Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”
MercyMe, “Even If”
Zach Williams, “Old Church Choir”

Top Gospel Song:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, “Trust In You”
Travis Greene, “You Waited”
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “You Deserve It” — WINNER**
Tamela Mann, “Change Me”
Charlie Wilson, “I’m Blessed”

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‘Westworld': Thandie Newton Tells Us Why Maeve’s Superpower Went Into Overdrive in Shogun World https://www.thewrap.com/maeve-superpower-westworld-shogun-world-thandie-newton/ https://www.thewrap.com/maeve-superpower-westworld-shogun-world-thandie-newton/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 02:00:52 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901342 (Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Akane No Mai.”)

Maeve (Thandie Newton), give it to us straight, are you a witch? After watching the ex-madam host turn an android Shogun army against itself on Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” — and hearing that one guy scream it — we just had to ask.

The way Newton explains Maeve’s ever-growing power is like this: “She’s really got control over other hosts in the way satellites can give us all information on our screens in our living rooms. It’s technology taken to its sort of obvious conclusion. And it’s not something she can do easily.”

Fans finally got their long-awaited dive into Shogun World with the episode “Akane No Mai,” which began with a robbery that’s almost a shot-for-shot remake of the Mariposa Saloon heist from Season 1 and ended with Geisha host Akane (guest star Rinko Kikuchi) and Maeve’s teams joining forces in a battle for their lives against the Shogun’s men.

Maeve was able to save herself and Akane from certain death at the last second by psychically forcing their would-be executioners to take themselves out instead. Though she soon had the entire army at its own throat, a mind manipulation stunt of this size is unprecedented for Maeve, whose “powers” also seem to come and go.

“All the times she’s used this skill, it’s a time of great trauma and fear and danger,” Newton said of Maeve’s power. “So I don’t think it’s something that she can just use easily and typically. It’s something that comes at times of high points of drama.

“And I love the fact that it’s erred in that respect. You know, it’s not like a superpower where she can shoot lasers from her eyes or something like that. It’s a superpower that comes out of difficulty in the same way we grow and learn out of difficulty. For me, it echoes that. Where it goes I really, really can’t say — but it’s pretty amazing.”

“Westworld” airs Sundays at 9/8 c on HBO.

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‘Westworld': Rinko Kikuchi Explains How Shogun World Episode Sidesteps Cultural Appropriation https://www.thewrap.com/shogun-world-cultural-appropriation-westworld-rinko-kikuchi-akane-thandie-newton/ https://www.thewrap.com/shogun-world-cultural-appropriation-westworld-rinko-kikuchi-akane-thandie-newton/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 02:00:34 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901147 (Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Akane No Mai.”)

“Westworld” fans finally saw Shogun World on Sunday’s episode, “Akane No Mai.” And while opinions are sure to differ about how historic Japanese customs and the Samurai way of life was worked into Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s hit HBO series, guest star Rinko Kikuchi told TheWrap she does not believe culture appropriation was an issue for Shogun World.

And the Japanese actress should know, as she practically ran the joint. Or, at least, its most popular Geisha house.

Tonight’s long-awaited dive into Delos Destinations’ Samurai-centric location came with a packed plot that began with a robbery that’s almost a shot-for-shot remake of the Mariposa Saloon heist from Season 1, and ended with Geisha host Akane (Kikuchi) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) joining forces in a large-scale fight for their lives against the Shogun’s android army.

Through all of that, the Oscar-nominee didn’t see anything that rubbed her the wrong way?

“Of course there were small things,” Kikuchi told TheWrap via interpreter Lena-Grace Suda during a phone interview. “For example, [Kikuchi] felt like, ‘You wouldn’t necessarily wear a wig in this way.’ But those are really just minor things. On the general scale, [Kikuchi] felt as though the creative team had a lot of respect toward Japan, actually. And making a Samurai set, even in Japan, is very difficult nowadays, because it just takes a lot of money. A very high budget. So [Kikuchi] actually feels very honored that she was able to play out a scene like this, such an elaborate scene in ‘Westworld.’ “

On the other hand, Kikuchi wonders if cultural appropriation in Shogun World even has to be part of the conversation because it’s not based on anything real.

“The fact that a lot of people even think of cultural appropriation, [Kikuchi] thinks that in and of itself is a really brilliant thing because the show gets people thinking and talking,” Suda said. “For example, there are other themes, like, ‘What’s really real and what’s not real in this world we live in?’ and the relationship that exists between humans and AI. So she thinks the fact that people think about topics like cultural appropriation is a testament to how good the show is.”

Newton told TheWrap that handling the cultural aspects carefully was of “great importance” to the showrunners.

“I think they really wanted to spend the time and effort getting it right, so they had experts come in, Japanese consultants. The actors, they flew in from Japan,” Newton said. “They were all so keen to make this slice of television as authentic as possible as a Kurosawa-esque homage. So great detail and attention was paid.”

“The lead players in ‘Westworld’ don’t come with ego, don’t come with that kind of baggage,” Newton added. “We’re all just desperate to make it as good as it can be in the relatively short space of time that we’ve got to do it. This one episode is just three weeks’ of work. That’s unheard of to get an hour’s work [on screen]. It looks beautiful. It doesn’t have the kind of budget say, ‘Game of Thrones’ has. And so much of what makes it as good as it is is the hard work and expertise of the crew and the cast.”

Newton adds that she doesn’t think the show was appropriating the culture so much as trying to shine a light on that culture.

“‘Westworld’ can do that because the whole point of that theme park is it’s harking back to times and entertainment that people have loved,” Newton said. “So, obviously, when you’re looking at Kurosawa and traditional Japan, it’s the fusion of traditional Japan and also Kurosawa that would be where ‘Westworld’ takes it’s inspiration. I think those two things combined. We did a really really good job, and I guess it’s up for the audience to decide.”

“Westworld” airs Sundays at 9/8 c on HBO.

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‘Westworld': Thandie Newton, Rinko Kikuchi on the ‘Fun’ of All That Shogun World Doppleganging https://www.thewrap.com/shogun-world-maeve-akane-westworld-thandie-newton-rinko-kikuchi/ https://www.thewrap.com/shogun-world-maeve-akane-westworld-thandie-newton-rinko-kikuchi/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 02:00:06 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1897582

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Akane No Mai.”)

Did Sunday’s “Westworld” feel a little too familiar to you? OK, so Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s hit HBO series may have cribbed a bit from itself for “Akane No Mai” — the fifth episode of Season 2 aka “the Shogun World one.” But the self-plagiarism was all in good fun, series regular Thandie Newton and guest star Rinko Kikuchi told TheWrap.

Tonight’s long-awaited dive into Delos Destinations’ Samurai-centric location delivered a plot that — thanks to the laziness of head story writer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) — was very similar to what we’ve seen in the titular theme park, beginning with a Geisha house robbery that’s almost a shot-for-shot remake of the Mariposa Saloon heist from Season 1.

Except this one focuses on a standoff between new host characters Akane (Kikuchi), the head Geisha, and Musashi (Hiroyuki Sanada), a former member of the Shogun’s army. They are the Japanese doppelgängers of our beloved Maeve (Newton) and Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), who watch this surreal copycat storyline play out before them after being taken prisoner in the fake foreign land.

“Yeah, that was so fun,” Newton laughed, as she told TheWrap of shooting the scene. “I didn’t really get to appreciate that ’til I saw it, because a lot of it has to do with Rodrigo — or rather Hiro, and those guys outside. But yeah, when I saw it, I just loved the similarity of shots and the slow-mo and how it harks back to what we did in Season 1. I just loved that laugh and the thrill of it.”

“I think that it really enhances, not only what we did in the first season … but just calling back to those moments is even richer now because of everything we know that it meant,” Newton added. “That this was just a program. That these characters were programmed. And to see that it’s happening in a completely different landscape, with a different language. Obviously, it’s just incredibly cool for our show to be doing that.”

(TheWrap cutting in here to add that the “incredibly cool” scene is set to a reimagined version of the Rolling Stone’s “Paint It, Black” by “Westworld” composer Ramin Djawadi — the same song the OG sequence is backed by in Season 1. However, this iteration was made using Japanese instruments like the shamisen, koto, various taiko drums and shakuhachi flutes — not a player piano.)

Japanese native and Oscar nominee Kikuchi told TheWrap in an interview through interpreter Lena-Grace Suda that acting out those shots meant even more to her as a fan of Season 1 and a fan of Newton.

“That scene really resonated with her also, because Maeve was a character that she really, really loved from the first season,” Suda told TheWrap on Kikuchi’s behalf. “It was really amazing to have her stand right in front of her. And throughout filming the whole sequence she felt like Maeve had an influence on her as a fan. And also as an actor — who, this is her career — she felt as though it was a great experience.”

“She feels honored to have been able to play Akane, who plays a counterpart, sharing the same spirit or identity [with Maeve],” Suda said. “And also, Rinko herself just recently became a mother so for her it was really easy for her to translate those experiences onto Akane, her character.”

Newton told TheWrap her part in preparing for the episode was to “really focus on traditional Japanese culture and the way a woman stands, and sits, and holds her body, and the language, and try to speak as fluent conversational Japanese as I could.”

“So I worked long and hard for weeks to make it seem like I had enough of a handle on the language that it would make me seem fluent,” Newton added. “And then me with that and Rinko with studying the character of Maeve in the first season we definitely met in the middle.”

See a clip of the original sequence from “Westworld” Season 1 above.

“Westworld” airs Sundays at 9/8 c on HBO.

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Mario Batali Faces Sexual Misconduct Investigation by NYPD https://www.thewrap.com/mario-batali-faces-sexual-misconduct-investigation-by-nypd/ https://www.thewrap.com/mario-batali-faces-sexual-misconduct-investigation-by-nypd/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 01:12:08 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901638 New York police have opened a criminal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations made against celebrity chef Mario Batali, “60 Minutes” reported Sunday.

The investigation was first reported on CBS’ newsmagazine show in a piece on Batali’s accusers. The story included interviews from four women who say Batali sexually assaulted them, including one anonymous woman who accused the chef of drugging and molesting her when she was unconscious.

The woman also says that she declined to file a police report after the incident — which she says happened while she worked for Batali in 2005 — despite requests from detectives to do so.

“They tried getting me to file a report. They tried, they tried,” she told “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper. “But I ― you know, a young actress, no resources, no money ― I couldn’t. I― I couldn’t do it.”

Allegations against Batali first came to light in December 2017, when Eater published an expose outlining accusations made by four women that include sexual assault. Batali has denied the allegations made in the “60 Minutes” story through an attorney, but admitted to “inappropriate behavior” following the Eater story last winter, after which he took an indefinite leave from his restaurants. Batali was also dismissed from the ABC daytime cooking show “The Chew” following the story, and his products were removed from Target grocery aisles nationwide.

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‘Our Lady of 121st Street’ Theater Review: Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Symphony of Rage Revisited https://www.thewrap.com/lady-121st-street-theater-review-stephen-adly-guirgis-symphony-rage-revisited/ https://www.thewrap.com/lady-121st-street-theater-review-stephen-adly-guirgis-symphony-rage-revisited/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 01:00:15 +0000 Thom Geier https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901160 In the opening moments of “Our Lady of 12st Street,” now in an explosive revival at Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre, playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis demonstrates a flare for firecracker dialogue that grabs our interest and underscores his beaten-down urban characters’ capacity for hair-trigger outbursts of anger and despair.

“What kinda f—in’ world is this?” shouts Victor (John Procaccino) beside the casket of Sister Rose, a beloved figure in the Harlem neighborhood where Guirgis’ 2003 drama is set. Victor delivers his epic rant of an opening monologue without pants — they have been stolen from him overnight, along with the corpse of the alcoholic nun who taught many of the play’s dozen or so characters.

Victor is not the only one to raise his voice in anger in “Our Lady of 121st Street,” which offers a kind of symphony of rage — much of it about the frustration borne of these well-drawn characters’ own shoddy life choices and the inevitable consequences.

The now-delayed funeral of Sister Rose provides an excuse for both a reunion of these troubled souls, as well as a reckoning with old demons.

Flip (Jimonn Cole) is a successful attorney in the Midwest who decides to recloset himself for his return to the hood  — and lashes out at his longtime boyfriend (Kevin Isola), an aspiring actor who thinks he is better at passing as straight than he is, in the cruelest possible way.

Marcia (Stephanie Kurtzuba), Sister Rose’s asthmatic niece, delivers an over-the-top anti-smoking screed that belies her otherwise buttoned-up demeanor.

Rooftop (Hill Harper), a deejay in Los Angeles who bumps into the ex-wife he wronged long ago (the hilariously take-no-guff Quincy Tyler Bernstine), launches into a long-winded confession to Father Lux (John Doman) — who has a troubled history connect all his own.

Even the sweet-natured Edwin (Erick Betancourt) finally loses it by ripping into his mentally challenged brother (Maki Borden) — he feels responsible for Pinky’s head injury but also frustrated by the personal toll that caring for him has had.

Phylicia Rashad keeps most of the scenes tethered to a kind of heightened reality, allowing her uniformly talented cast to dig into the juicier disses without letting them lapse into the stuff of acting exercises. “You have to marinate before you can grill,” Rooftop tells Father Lux to explain his stall tactics before unburdening his conscience.

While the episodic nature of the play never grows tedious, it also never manages to gather much in the way of narrative momentum. There has been too much grilling, and not nearly enough marinating — or of bringing the disparate elements into a compelling whole.

“Our Lady of 12st Street” emerges as less a symphony than a collection of soliloquies that play almost like jazz solos of the loudest, most discordant Miles Davis variety. But it’s no less vital or goosebump-raising as a result.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Secret Weapon: Ryan Reynolds and His 2-Year Social Media Campaign https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-is-back-but-thanks-to-ryan-reynolds-he-never-really-left/ https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-is-back-but-thanks-to-ryan-reynolds-he-never-really-left/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 23:52:26 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1897755 “Deadpool 2” scored $125 million in its opening weekend, a rarity fro an R-rated film.

The Fox sequel’s early success is in large part due to the two years-plus worth of promotion by the man behind the mask and layers of scar tissue prosthetics: Ryan Reynolds.

Following on the $786 million success of 2016’s raunchy send-up of superhero movies, “Deadpool 2” has posted an opening weekend higher than the starts for “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” or any of the films featuring those goody-two-shoes X-Men that Wade Wilson can’t stand.

Comic book movie fans are clearly excited to see Deadpool come back. But the truth is, he never really left. Reynolds, who shares a writing credit on the sequel, has kept him in the public consciousness on social media.

“There are some actors that have become so well-known in their superhero roles that it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing them,” said comScore analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man is an obvious example, but Ryan Reynolds has gone even further with the work he’s done on social media.”

In “Deadpool,” Reynolds won over audiences with his snarky, fourth-wall-shattering jokes that referenced other superhero films. In a moviegoing culture where superheroes are king, that quality earned the character perpetual relevance. Reynolds has taken advantage of that over the last two years by constantly firing out tweets about whatever big superhero movie had just come out, often with the same meta-humor his mutant alter-ego is known for.

That has allowed Reynolds to keep Deadpool constantly in the spotlight, giving fans just enough to look forward to the next time he’s back in cinemas… but not too much that it wears out its welcome.

And like the movies, Reynolds will tackle any pop culture topic or breaking movie news story. “Avengers: Infinity War” has the biggest box office opening of all-time? Here’s Reynolds tweeting out Deadpool’s rejection letter from Tony Stark:

Hugh Jackman’s finishing his career as Wolverine? Let’s make him Deadpool’s frenemy. The guy Fox picked to star alongside him as Cable is the same guy who plays Thanos? Let’s use that for a joke about Reynolds’ past as a ‘90s teen heartthrob.

Beyond the tweets, Reynolds has squeezed back into the flattering red uniform for things other than the sequel, and the results have been wildly unexpected. Before screenings of “Logan” last year, Fox treated fans to an extended teaser hyping “DP2,” as Wade Wilson tries to change into his outfit in a phone booth Superman-style and fails miserably.

Later, he filmed a sketch parodying “The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross.” And the Blu-Ray release of the first “Deadpool” made fun of erectile dysfunction commercials, noting that if watching “Deadpool” results in an erection lasting longer than six hours, “You’re welcome.”

The skits became so popular that even some suits from Fox got in on the fun. Movie theater owners who attended Fox’s presentation at CinemaCon last month were treated to a video of Deadpool in a Vegas hotel room that clearly was the setting for a wild party the previous night. He encourages them to screen his sequel in their theaters, and hopes they enjoy the convention while “cheating on your spouse on the company dime.”

Suddenly, from behind Deadpool rose Fox’s distribution chief Chris Aronson, looking seriously hung over and wearing Hugh Jackman’s outfit from “The Greatest Showman.” “Looks like Comcast really dodged the bullet,” joked Deadpool.

Merger jokes aside, Aronson told TheWrap that Reynolds has always been up for doing these promotional sketches, and that he was a blast to work with when working on the CinemaCon promo.

“We came up with the idea and pitched it to Ryan, and he was absolutely up for it,” Aronson said. “He’s always involved with all the jokes in these skits. He took the idea, and he sat down with writers and went to work with it. We’ve been so fortunate to have him here making this character such a blast to watch.”

That involvement in the character is what makes Reynolds so uniquely inextricable from Deadpool. Other actors from Downey to Jackman have put their indelible mark on the superheroes they have played. But the irreverent humor and charisma that has made Deadpool into such a huge draw comes directly from Reynolds, so much so that he shares screenplay credit for the sequel with the original film’s writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Like a comedian testing out new material on tour, Reynolds has kept Deadpool fresh through social media. He’s always armed with a joke about the latest blockbuster that feels like something either he or his character might say, to the point where the line between actor and character have become blurred. And if you’ve seen “Deadpool 2” this weekend, you know that line-blurring leads to hilarious results in the film’s post-credits scene, where Reynolds turns Deadpool’s acerbic wit, quite literally, on himself.

But we won’t spoil it for you. Thanos Wade Wilson demands our silence.

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'Deadpool 2' Director David Leitch on Overcoming Sequelitis, Franchise's Future

'Deadpool 2' Star Ryan Reynolds Shares His Oscar Speech One Day After Movie Opens

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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Red Carpet Arrivals https://www.thewrap.com/billboard-music-awards-2018-red-carpet-arrivals-updating-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/billboard-music-awards-2018-red-carpet-arrivals-updating-photos/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 23:13:48 +0000 Rosemary Rossi https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901474 https://www.thewrap.com/billboard-music-awards-2018-red-carpet-arrivals-updating-photos/feed/ 0 Janet Jackson, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Kesha

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Fall TV 2018: 13 Stars to Watch, From Jay Hernandez to Madeleine Mantock (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/fall-tv-2018-13-stars-to-watch-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/fall-tv-2018-13-stars-to-watch-photos/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 20:30:10 +0000 Ashley Boucher and Reid Nakamura https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1898012 Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery – “Charmed” (CW)

The CW’s “Charmed” reboot features three new faces as the Charmed Ones. Mantock previously starred in AMC’s “Into the Badlands” as Veil. Diaz has had roles in shows like “Room 104” and “The Breaks.” Jeffery has appeared on “Shades of Blue” and “The X-Files.” But starring as three witch sisters in “Charmed” — which The CW is hoping to be a successful drama with its Sunday night time slot after “Supergirl” — will put these ladies front and center.

Daniel Ezra – “All American” (CW)

Ezra has previously appeared on series like “The Missing” and “Prime Suspect 1973.” His character Spencer is the new face of Beverly High football — and Ezra is the new face of Greg Berlanti’s high school drama that gives us “Friday Night Lights” vibes. Are we looking at the next Michael B. Jordan?

Jack Gore – “The Kids Are Alright” (ABC)

You might recognize this young actor’s voice from the Blue Sky Studios animated movie “Ferdinand,” and now it’s time to recognize the face. Gore has also appeared in “Billions.”

Kimrie Lewis, Jake Choi – “Single Parents” (ABC)

Lewis and Choi play two of the single parents in ABC’s new sitcom along with Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett and Taran Killam. Lewis previously appeared on ABC’s “Scandal” as a reporter and Choi has had roles on “Hawaii Five-0” and “Lethal Weapon.”

Violett Beane – “God Friended Me” (CBS)

Beane has had roles in “The Flash” and “The Resident.” In “God Friended Me” she stars as journalist Cara Bloom, a girl who is suggested to Brandon Micheal Hall’s Miles Finer by “God.”

Nik Dodani – “Murphy Brown” (CBS)

The “Murphy Brown” revival has a new cast member: Nik Dodani, who plays Pat Patel, the director of technology and social media trying to bring the “olds” into the 21st century who can’t believe that Murphy still has a Razr. He previously appeared on “Atypical.”

Felix Mallard – “Happy Together” (CBS)

Mallard appeared previously on “Neighbours” and is making his US debut on CBS’ new comedy “Happy Together.” Mallard stars as a young celebrity trying to stay out of the limelight and he’s serving us some One Direction-style charisma.

Jay Hernandez – “Magnum P.I.” (CBS) 

Your new Thomas Magnum has arrived, and he’s a fast car-driving, kayaking, former Navy SEAL who also happens to be a total hunk. We’re thinking that Hernandez + action + Hawaii will equal TV stardom.

Sarayu Blue – “I Feel Bad” (NBC)

“I Feel Bad” is one of the shows we’re excited to see this fall, and Sarayu Blue is one of the reasons why. She plays a mom struggling with the pressure to come off as perfect, and her realness in the trailer already had us giggling. She previously appeared “No Tomorrow” and “Blockers.”

Melissa Roxburgh – “Manifest” (NBC)

Roxburgh plays Michaela Stone, one of the travelers who has been presumed dead for five and a half years. She narrates the trailer, so we’re sure that she’ll be an important part of the story. She’s previously appeared in “Valor” and “Supernatural.”

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The CW's "Charmed" reboot features three new faces as the Charmed Ones. Mantock previously starred in AMC's "Into the Badlands" as Veil. Diaz has had roles in shows like "Room 104" and "The Breaks." Jeffery has appeared on "Shades of Blue" and "The X-Files." But starring as three witch sisters in "Charmed" -- which The CW is hoping to be a successful drama with its Sunday night time slot after "Supergirl" -- will put these ladies front and center. 

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Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery - "Charmed" (CW)

The CW's "Charmed" reboot features three new faces as the Charmed Ones. Mantock previously starred in AMC's "Into the Badlands" as Veil. Diaz has had roles in shows like "Room 104" and "The Breaks." Jeffery has appeared on "Shades of Blue" and "The X-Files." But starring as three witch sisters in "Charmed" -- which The CW is hoping to be a successful drama with its Sunday night time slot after "Supergirl" -- will put these ladies front and center. 

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Daniel Ezra - "All American" (CW)

Ezra has previously appeared on series like "The Missing" and "Prime Suspect 1973." His character Spencer is the new face of Beverly High football -- and Ezra is the new face of Greg Berlanti's high school drama that gives us "Friday Night Lights" vibes. Are we looking at the next Michael B. Jordan?

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Daniel Ezra - "All American" (CW)

Ezra has previously appeared on series like "The Missing" and "Prime Suspect 1973." His character Spencer is the new face of Beverly High football -- and Ezra is the new face of Greg Berlanti's high school drama that gives us "Friday Night Lights" vibes. Are we looking at the next Michael B. Jordan?

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Jack Gore - "The Kids Are Alright" (ABC)

You might recognize this young actor's voice from the Blue Sky Studios animated movie "Ferdinand," and now it's time to recognize the face. Gore has also appeared in "Billions."  

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Jack Gore - "The Kids Are Alright" (ABC)

You might recognize this young actor's voice from the Blue Sky Studios animated movie "Ferdinand," and now it's time to recognize the face. Gore has also appeared in "Billions."  

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Kimrie Lewis, Jake Choi - "Single Parents" (ABC)

Lewis and Choi play two of the single parents in ABC's new sitcom along with Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett and Taran Killam. Lewis previously appeared on ABC's "Scandal" as a reporter and Choi has had roles on "Hawaii Five-0" and "Lethal Weapon." 

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Kimrie Lewis, Jake Choi - "Single Parents" (ABC)

Lewis and Choi play two of the single parents in ABC's new sitcom along with Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett and Taran Killam. Lewis previously appeared on ABC's "Scandal" as a reporter and Choi has had roles on "Hawaii Five-0" and "Lethal Weapon." 

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Violett Beane - "God Friended Me" (CBS)

Beane has had roles in "The Flash" and "The Resident." In "God Friended Me" she stars as journalist Cara Bloom, a girl who is suggested to Brandon Micheal Hall's Miles Finer by "God."

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Violett Beane - "God Friended Me" (CBS)

Beane has had roles in "The Flash" and "The Resident." In "God Friended Me" she stars as journalist Cara Bloom, a girl who is suggested to Brandon Micheal Hall's Miles Finer by "God."

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Nik Dodani - "Murphy Brown" (CBS)

The "Murphy Brown" revival has a new cast member: Nik Dodani, who plays Pat Patel, the director of technology and social media trying to bring the "olds" into the 21st century who can't believe that Murphy still has a Razr. He previously appeared on "Atypical."

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Nik Dodani - "Murphy Brown" (CBS)

The "Murphy Brown" revival has a new cast member: Nik Dodani, who plays Pat Patel, the director of technology and social media trying to bring the "olds" into the 21st century who can't believe that Murphy still has a Razr. He previously appeared on "Atypical."

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Felix Mallard - "Happy Together" (CBS)

Mallard appeared previously on "Neighbours" and is making his US debut on CBS' new comedy "Happy Together." Mallard stars as a young celebrity trying to stay out of the limelight and he's serving us some One Direction-style charisma. 

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Felix Mallard - "Happy Together" (CBS)

Mallard appeared previously on "Neighbours" and is making his US debut on CBS' new comedy "Happy Together." Mallard stars as a young celebrity trying to stay out of the limelight and he's serving us some One Direction-style charisma. 

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Jay Hernandez - "Magnum P.I." (CBS) 

Your new Thomas Magnum has arrived, and he's a fast car-driving, kayaking, former Navy SEAL who also happens to be a total hunk. We're thinking that Hernandez + action + Hawaii will equal TV stardom. 

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Jay Hernandez - "Magnum P.I." (CBS) 

Your new Thomas Magnum has arrived, and he's a fast car-driving, kayaking, former Navy SEAL who also happens to be a total hunk. We're thinking that Hernandez + action + Hawaii will equal TV stardom. 

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Sarayu Blue - "I Feel Bad" (NBC)

"I Feel Bad" is one of the shows we're excited to see this fall, and Sarayu Blue is one of the reasons why. She plays a mom struggling with the pressure to come off as perfect, and her realness in the trailer already had us giggling. She previously appeared "No Tomorrow" and "Blockers."

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Sarayu Blue - "I Feel Bad" (NBC)

"I Feel Bad" is one of the shows we're excited to see this fall, and Sarayu Blue is one of the reasons why. She plays a mom struggling with the pressure to come off as perfect, and her realness in the trailer already had us giggling. She previously appeared "No Tomorrow" and "Blockers."

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Melissa Roxburgh - "Manifest" (NBC)

Roxburgh plays Michaela Stone, one of the travelers who has been presumed dead for five-and-a-half years. She narrates the trailer, so we're sure that she'll be an important part of the story. She's previously appeared in "Valor" and "Supernatural." 

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Melissa Roxburgh - "Manifest" (NBC)

Roxburgh plays Michaela Stone, one of the travelers who has been presumed dead for five-and-a-half years. She narrates the trailer, so we're sure that she'll be an important part of the story. She's previously appeared in "Valor" and "Supernatural." 

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Royal Wedding: NBC Edges ABC to Win Viewer Crown https://www.thewrap.com/royal-wedding-nbc-edges-abc-win-viewer-crown/ https://www.thewrap.com/royal-wedding-nbc-edges-abc-win-viewer-crown/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 20:26:55 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901496 NBC narrowly claimed the crown after Nielsen ratings for the Royal Wedding were reported Sunday, with an average of 6.4 million viewers tuning in to see the “Today” live broadcast of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanging vows from Windsor.

ABC News came in a very close second with 6.3 million viewers, followed by CBS in third with 4.8 million viewers for the 6-9 a.m. ET slot. Fox News led the cable networks with 2 million viewers for the 6-10 a.m. slot, followed by CNN with 1.8 million and MSNBC with 1 million.

NBC also held the top spot with all key demos, averaging 2.3 million in the 25-54 demographic and 1.7 million in the 18-49 demo. That’s a 17 percent lead over ABC and 66 percent lead over CBS.

“Today” also had the top Friday broadcast for the wedding, averaging 4.25 million viewers for the lead-up special with 1.45 million in the 25-54 demo. “Today” brought the entire main team to England for the nuptials, with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb broadcasting from an on-location set overlooking Windsor Castle.

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The Cannes – Oscar Connection: How Strong Will It Be This Year? https://www.thewrap.com/the-cannes-oscar-connection-how-strong-will-it-be-this-year/ https://www.thewrap.com/the-cannes-oscar-connection-how-strong-will-it-be-this-year/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 18:58:48 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901035 We now know what Cate Blanchett’s jury thought of the films that screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival: “a very strong year,” she said at the jury’s festival-ending press conference. And we know what buyers thought of the festival lineup: not bad, judging by the deals.

But what will Oscar voters think?

That’s always a tricky question, because the connection between the world’s most prestigious film festival and the world’s most celebrated film award can fluctuate wildly. In 2011, for example, three of the films that screened at the festival — “The Artist,” “The Tree of Life” and “Midnight in Paris” — landed Best Picture nominations, with “The Artist” winning.

But the success rate hasn’t approached that since then, although 2016 had an impressive across-the-board showing: One Best Picture nominee (“Hell of High Water”), the Best Foreign Language Film winner (“The Salesman”), six other nominees in the Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Animated Feature categories and eight more films submitted by their home countries in the foreign language race.

Last year, though, was more typical: two foreign nominees (“The Square” and “Loveless”), one supporting actor nominee (Willem Dafoe for “The Florida Project”) and one documentary nominee (“Faces Places”), with no winners among them.

Realistically, this year’s crop of Cannes films will probably fare similarly once Oscar voters get a look at them. The only film that screened at the festival or one of its sidebars that has a significant chance of landing a Best Picture nomination is Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” which could well be in the conversation once U.S. audiences get a look at it later this summer.

Lee’s film, which mixes humor with incendiary anger and looks at the state of America today through a story set in the 1970s, is timely enough and strong enough to be a real player, though it will likely divide critics and audiences in America more than it did in Cannes.

Otherwise, Ron Howard’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” seems destined for below-the-line categories at best, while a surge of attention for Paul Dano’s understated “Wildlife,” which premiered at Sundance but also screened in Cannes’ Critics’ Week sidebar, could make it a dark-horse contender in the adapted screenplay category.

A few Cannes documentaries could also have a shot, foremost among them Kevin Macdonald’s “Whitney,” which drew headlines out of Cannes for its allegations that Whitney Houston was sexually abused as a child by a relative. Wim Wenders’ “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” will likely be in the conversation, and so might be “The State Against Mandela and the Others” and “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache.”

But really, the most fruitful connection between Cannes and the Oscars this year will likely come in the foreign language category. Only six of the 93 countries that submitted films to the Oscars last year chose Cannes entries, but we could easily see double that many submissions come from this year’s festival.

While the individual committees that select each country’s entry can be making their decisions on the basis of politics, cronyism and lots of other factors, a Cannes berth is a powerful sign that the film might have international interest.

Among the no-brainer selections: Lebanon’s “Capharnaum,” the Jury Prize winner and the film that received the longest and loudest ovation of the festival; Poland’s “Cold War” from director Pawel Pawlikowski, whose last film, “Ida,” won the foreign language Oscar; Belgium’s “Girl,” which won the Camera d’Or and the Un Certain Regard performance award; Colombia’s “Birds of Passage,” from a director (Ciro Guerra) whose last film was an Oscar nominee; and Turkey’s “The Wild Pear Tree,” whose director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, has been responsible for four previous Turkish submissions.

Kenya’s “Rafiki,” a same-sex romance that is the first Kenyan film ever accepted to the Oscars, would be an easy choice if it hadn’t been banned in its home country — though if the submitting committee is independent enough to choose it, the ban could give it a boost. First-time director A.B. Shawky’s “Yomeddine” seems likely to be the Egyptian entry, while the Cannes acting award that went to Samal Yesyamova should be enough to put “Ayka” at the top of Kazakhstan’s submission list.

The Icelandic film “Woman at War,” which was bought by Magnolia for the U.S., comes from Benedikt Erlingsson, whose brilliant “Of Horses and Men” was the country’s 2013 submission, though it may have been too weird for Oscar voters. Portugal’s soccer story “Diamantino” seems a logical choice, as does Hungary’s “One Day.”

Countries like France and Italy always have a plethora of choices, which holds true this year even if they don’t consider anything except Cannes movies. Italy, for example, could opt for Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” which won the festival’s best actor award and is from the director of the acclaimed “Gomorrah” (which Oscar voters didn’t go for); or Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro,” a fable that won the screenplay award and was widely thought to be a real Palme d’Or contender.

And France has a variety of possibilities, including Christophe Honore’s “Sorry Angel,” Stephane Brize’s “At War,” Vanessa Filho’s “Angel Face,” Gilles Lellouche’s audience-friendly “Sink or Swim,” Camille Vidal-Naquet’s “Sauvage” or even Gaspar Noe’s hallucinatory “Climax.”

But France could also opt for Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun,” a tough but mainstream war movie about an all-female unit fighting terrorists. It didn’t fare well with Cannes critics, but it could easily become a favorite of the Academy’s foreign language voters.

The biggest question marks might surround the Asian films. Japan, China and South Korea swing between submitting critical favorites and trying to second-guess Oscar voters by choosing less daring movies or big epics. So while China has strong candidates in Jia Zhang-Ke’s “Ash Is Purest White” or Bi Gan’s rapturously received “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” it’s anybody’s guess as to whether their selection committee will deem those films acceptable. Likewise with South Korea and Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” which was clearly the hit of the festival, and Japan with Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters,” which won the Palme d’Or.

The director of the last of those films has been down this road before. In an interview with TheWrap in 2014, Kore-eda admitted that he was disappointed when “Like Father, Like Son,” which won the Jury Prize in Cannes, was passed over in favor of “The Great Passage” when Japan made its 2013 Oscar submission.

“But honestly, given the track record of how that committee in Japan decides on their films, I was not surprised,” he said. “The committee isn’t particularly interested in the world’s criteria on these films.”

Oh, one more thing:

Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built”? Not a chance.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Asia Argento Condemns Harvey Weinstein During Cannes Awards: 'This Festival Was His Hunting Ground' (Video)

Is the Cannes Film Festival in Decline? Not to the French

Netflix Lands Cannes Award Winners 'Happy as Lazzaro' and 'Girl'

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‘First Reformed’ and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Anniversary Blast Off at Indie Box Office https://www.thewrap.com/first-reformed-2001-a-space-odyssey-anniversary-indie-box-office/ https://www.thewrap.com/first-reformed-2001-a-space-odyssey-anniversary-indie-box-office/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 18:27:30 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901105 Cinephiles in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago were in for a treat this weekend, as Warner Bros. brought back Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” for a limited engagement in 70mm. The re-release celebrating the epic sci-fi film’s 50th anniversary made an estimated $200,000 from four screens, leading all films this weekend with the highest per screen average of $50,000.

To oversee the mastering of the new 70mm prints, Warner Bros. brought in a filmmaker they’ve worked with for over a decade and who is a devoted fan of Kubrick: Christopher Nolan. The “Dunkirk” director led the project to create new copies of the film from Kubrick’s original negative, with no digital modifications made.

The re-release comes after a gala presentation of the film at the Cannes Film Festival and alongside a special edition of the film released on Blu-Ray.

As for new releases, the indie box office got a boost from A24’s “First Reformed,” the critically-acclaimed festival hit from “Taxi Driver” screenwriter Paul Schrader. Released on four screens this weekend with plans to expand into more major cities next weekend, the drama made $100,270 for a per screen average of $25,067.

Premiering at the Venice Film Festival and later screening at Toronto and SXSW, the film stars Ethan Hawke as Rev. Toller, the pastor of a megachurch-owned parish who slowly slides into despair after failing to save a severely depressed environmental activist from suicide.

Left to organize the man’s memorial service, Toller slowly begins to identify with the activist’s plight, with his only source of peace in his unraveling life being the man’s pregnant girlfriend, played by Amanda Seyfried. The film has been hailed as one of the best of both Hawke and Schrader’s careers, earning a sterling 97 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

On the documentary side, the Supreme Court beat the Vatican this weekend, as Magnolia Pictures/Participant Media’s “RBG” made $1.28 million in its third weekend, topping the opening of “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.” “RBG,” which focuses on the life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, expanded to 375 screens this weekend and now has a total of $3.88 million.

“A Man of His Word,” meanwhile, had more mixed results, opening to $480,000. While that’s the highest of all new limited releases this weekend, it also came out on 346 screens, giving it a tepid per screen average (PSA) of $1,387.

Also finding middling returns this weekend is Bleecker Street’s “On Chesil Beach,” an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s bestselling novel which stars Saoirse Ronan as a newlywed in 1960s England who struggles with the social expectation of intimacy after marriage. The film made $36,563 from four screens, earning a per screen average of $9,141.

Finally, among holdovers, Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) expanded “The Seagull” to 13 screens, earning $65,949 for a PSA of $5,073 and a running total of just under $181,000. SPC also saw Chloe Zhao’s neo-Western drama “The Rider” pass $1 million in its sixth weekend, earning $169,640 to bring its total to $1.11 million.

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‘Cheers’ Finale at 25: The 12 Best Moments from ‘One for the Road’ (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/cheers-finale-25th-anniversary-best-moments-from-one-for-the-road/ https://www.thewrap.com/cheers-finale-25th-anniversary-best-moments-from-one-for-the-road/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 18:00:43 +0000 Brian Welk https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1895605 “Cheers” isn’t one of the most successful sitcoms ever because it was the funniest or the most innovative. But despite departing and even dying cast members and a changing TV landscape, “Cheers” remained remarkably consistent for 11 seasons and a whopping 270 episodes. To paraphrase the “Cheers” finale “One for the Road,” “I like things you can count on.”

So when “Cheers” ended 25 years ago Sunday with a 98-minute special, 93.5 million Americans tuned in because this was one show you could always rely on. “Cheers” was always endearingly funny, it had one of the most compelling on-screen romances between Sam and Diane, and many episodes found a surprising sweet spot. “One for the Road” feels just the same. It’s an episode with a lot going on, and it might be one of its best. Here are some of its most memorable moments:

“One for the Road” is a finale of change and moving past the comforts of this bar. Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) is about to be engaged. Woody (Woody Harrelson) is running for public office. Cliff (John Ratzenberger) is up for a job at the post office. And Sam, coming to terms with his life throughout the whole season, has been pushed to swear off flings with women and find something stable. And the whole bar is thrown into a whirl when they’re watching an awards show on TV and see Diane (Shelley Long, returning to the show after leaving five seasons in), who Sam invites to visit the bar.

“After losing the only man I ever loved, lunch should hit the spot.” – Rebecca

Rebecca is a basket case in this episode, having come a long way from being the most mature person in the room when she first joined the show to replace Diane. After a hilarious sequence where she can’t bring herself to say yes to her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, blurting out rejections despite her better judgment, she says this choice line as she’s wallowing to Sam in despair.

“Oh just change it!” – Frasier

When Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier initially joined “Cheers” during its third season, he played the outsider to the group of guys. He eventually started gelling with everyone, but he and Woody were like oil and water, Frasier perpetually flustered and high-minded, and Woody a calm simpleton. When Woody asks Frasier to write his campaign speech, Frasier gets a little too clever for Woody. “In here you make change,” Frasier says referring to Woody’s work behind the bar. “There you make ‘a’ change. Oh, just change it!”

“When will you be leaving?” – Carla

After 11 seasons, you can forget that Carla (Rhea Perlman) and Diane started the show with a rivalry, with Carla always needling her and trying to get her out the door. Perlman delivers her line with the perfect blend of salty and sweet once she realizes Diane being back in the bar isn’t her hallucination.

“Maybe we’ll work together someday. Hammer out a treaty or something.” – Woody

Oh Woody, so hapless. Diane, astonished that Woody is actually becoming a politician, makes one of her slightly condescending jokes saying that she’s next in line for the throne. And Woody being Woody turns the tables on her with his gullible nature.

“Well you never hurt ME, did you?!?” – Frasier

It’s almost hard to remember that Frasier and Diane were once a thing, and that Frasier never forgot about it either, even if the rest of the cast did. Grammer looks wonderfully flustered and irritated with Diane’s flippant attitude that their whole relationship was basically just water under the bridge.

“I am a corporate attorney with the group Emerson…Lake and Palmer.” – Rebecca

“Cheers” saved one of its wackier situation moments for the finale, when Sam and Diane each try and convince the other they’re happily married so as to make the other jealous. Sam recruits a miserable Rebecca who has this gem of a cover story, while Diane has recruited a gay man to serve as her phony husband.

“I gave that man the best years of my life.” – Norm

Sam gets real during the second act of the “Cheers” finale, screaming at the bar that, “I should need more than this! You should need more than this.” It’s a cutting line and a great act break, but wouldn’t be perfect without Norm lightening the mood.

“I won’t pretend it’s a modern day Athens.” – Diane

Shelley Long didn’t miss a beat when she returned to the finale. Diane is as aloof and just a little pretentious as ever. And this line singing the praises of Los Angeles as they’re about to fly away together is just the tip off Sam and Diane need that maybe all is not right with this relationship. Even the pilot and flight attendant seem to know it. Another show would’ve forced these two back together in the end. “Cheers” was daring enough to make sure they didn’t.

“I shoot for Donald Trump and I end up with Ed Norton.” – Rebecca

Here’s a line that hasn’t aged well, for obvious reasons. Rebecca can’t believe the man she ended up with is a plumber, but takes it in stride anyway.

“My wife Vera. Remember her? That is her name, isn’t it?” – Norm

One of “Cheers'” longest running gags is that we never see Norm’s wife Vera. The finale offers a helpful reminder that they haven’t forgotten about her, even though Norm’s line seems to break the fourth wall ever so slightly with the realization that they almost did.

“I don’t think it matters what you love, so long as you love it totally, completely and without judgment.” – Norm

Before Sam closes up, Norm , wise soul as he is, delivers this beautiful line about the meaning of life. George Wendt gives a heavy-hearted performance that truly anchors the “Cheers” finale.

“Boy, I’ll tell you, I’m the luckiest son of a bitch on Earth.” – Sam

There’s no place like home. It’s understandable that Sam wants more out of life, but the beauty of “Cheers” was that it never had to veer far from the bar to be funny. Everything they needed was right here.

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https://www.thewrap.com/cheers-finale-25th-anniversary-best-moments-from-one-for-the-road/feed/ 0 While "Cheers" remains one of the most successful sitcoms, it wasn't the most groundbreaking or innovative. But despite departing and even dying cast members and a changing TV landscape, "Cheers" remained remarkably consistent for 11 seasons and a whopping 271 episodes. To quote a line from the "Cheers" finale "One for the Road," "I like things you can count on." So when "Cheers" ended on May 20, 1993, with a 98-minute special, 93.5 million Americans tuned in because this was one show you could always rely on. "Cheers" was always endearingly funny, it had one of the most compelling on-screen romances between Sam and Diane, and many episodes found a surprising sweet spot. "One for the Road" feels just the same. It's an episode with a lot going on, and it might be one of its best. Here are some of its most memorable moments:

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While "Cheers" remains one of the most successful sitcoms, it wasn't the most groundbreaking or innovative. But despite departing and even dying cast members and a changing TV landscape, "Cheers" remained remarkably consistent for 11 seasons and a whopping 271 episodes. To quote a line from the "Cheers" finale "One for the Road," "I like things you can count on." So when "Cheers" ended on May 20, 1993, with a 98-minute special, 93.5 million Americans tuned in because this was one show you could always rely on. "Cheers" was always endearingly funny, it had one of the most compelling on-screen romances between Sam and Diane, and many episodes found a surprising sweet spot. "One for the Road" feels just the same. It's an episode with a lot going on, and it might be one of its best. Here are some of its most memorable moments:

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"Yes, the Most Impressive Display of Female Flesh in the, uh, Tight Fitting Dress." - Cliff

"One for the Road" is a finale of change and moving past the comforts of this bar. Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) is about to be engaged. Woody (Woody Harrelson) is running for public office. Cliff (John Ratzenberger) is up for a job at the post office. And Sam, coming to terms with his life throughout the whole season, has been pushed to swear off flings with women and find something stable. And the whole bar is thrown into a whirl when they're watching an awards show on TV and see Diane accepting a prize (Shelley Long, returning to the show after leaving five seasons in), who Sam invites to visit the bar. But it still feels familiar with a cute cold open and Cliff's smarmy one-liners. 

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"Yes, the Most Impressive Display of Female Flesh in the, uh, Tight Fitting Dress." - Cliff

"One for the Road" is a finale of change and moving past the comforts of this bar. Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) is about to be engaged. Woody (Woody Harrelson) is running for public office. Cliff (John Ratzenberger) is up for a job at the post office. And Sam, coming to terms with his life throughout the whole season, has been pushed to swear off flings with women and find something stable. And the whole bar is thrown into a whirl when they're watching an awards show on TV and see Diane accepting a prize (Shelley Long, returning to the show after leaving five seasons in), who Sam invites to visit the bar. But it still feels familiar with a cute cold open and Cliff's smarmy one-liners. 

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"After losing the only man I ever loved, lunch should hit the spot." - Rebecca

Rebecca is a basket case in this episode, having come a long way from being the most mature person in the room when she first joined the show to replace Diane. After a hilarious sequence where she can't bring herself to say yes to her boyfriend's marriage proposal, blurting out rejections despite her better judgment, she says this choice line as she's wallowing to Sam in despair.

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"After losing the only man I ever loved, lunch should hit the spot." - Rebecca

Rebecca is a basket case in this episode, having come a long way from being the most mature person in the room when she first joined the show to replace Diane. After a hilarious sequence where she can't bring herself to say yes to her boyfriend's marriage proposal, blurting out rejections despite her better judgment, she says this choice line as she's wallowing to Sam in despair.

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"Oh just change it!" - Frasier

When Kelsey Grammer's Frasier initially joined "Cheers" during its third season, he played the outsider to the group of guys. He eventually started gelling with everyone, but he and Woody were like oil and water, with Frasier perpetually flustered and high-minded, and Woody a calm simpleton. When Woody asks Frasier to write his campaign speech, Frasier gets a little too clever for Woody. "In here you make change," Frasier says referring to Woody's work behind the bar. "There you make 'a' change. Oh, just change it!"

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"Oh just change it!" - Frasier

When Kelsey Grammer's Frasier initially joined "Cheers" during its third season, he played the outsider to the group of guys. He eventually started gelling with everyone, but he and Woody were like oil and water, with Frasier perpetually flustered and high-minded, and Woody a calm simpleton. When Woody asks Frasier to write his campaign speech, Frasier gets a little too clever for Woody. "In here you make change," Frasier says referring to Woody's work behind the bar. "There you make 'a' change. Oh, just change it!"

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"When will you be leaving?" - Carla

After 11 seasons, you can easily forget that Carla (Rhea Perlman) and Diane started the show with a rivalry, with Carla always needling her and trying to get her out the door. Perlman delivers her line with the perfect blend of salty and sweet once she realizes Diane being back in the bar isn't her hallucination.

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"When will you be leaving?" - Carla

After 11 seasons, you can easily forget that Carla (Rhea Perlman) and Diane started the show with a rivalry, with Carla always needling her and trying to get her out the door. Perlman delivers her line with the perfect blend of salty and sweet once she realizes Diane being back in the bar isn't her hallucination.

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"Maybe we'll work together someday. Hammer out a treaty or something." - Woody

Diane, astonished that Woody is actually becoming a politician, makes one of her slightly condescending jokes saying that she's next in line for the throne. And Woody, being his innocent, gullible self, turns the tables on her. He even reveals that people used to call him "Huckleberry." 

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"Maybe we'll work together someday. Hammer out a treaty or something." - Woody

Diane, astonished that Woody is actually becoming a politician, makes one of her slightly condescending jokes saying that she's next in line for the throne. And Woody, being his innocent, gullible self, turns the tables on her. He even reveals that people used to call him "Huckleberry." 

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"Well you never hurt ME, did you?!?" - Frasier

It's almost hard to remember that Frasier and Diane were once a thing, and that Frasier never forgot about it either, even if the rest of the cast did. Grammer looks wonderfully flustered and irritated with Diane's flippant attitude that their whole relationship was basically just water under the bridge.

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"Well you never hurt ME, did you?!?" - Frasier

It's almost hard to remember that Frasier and Diane were once a thing, and that Frasier never forgot about it either, even if the rest of the cast did. Grammer looks wonderfully flustered and irritated with Diane's flippant attitude that their whole relationship was basically just water under the bridge.

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"I am a corporate attorney with the group Emerson ... Lake and Palmer." - Rebecca

"Cheers" saved one of its wackier situation moments for the finale, when Sam and Diane each try and convince the other they're happily married so as to make the other jealous. Sam recruits a miserable Rebecca who has this gem of a cover story, while Diane has recruited a gay man to serve as her phony husband.

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"I am a corporate attorney with the group Emerson ... Lake and Palmer." - Rebecca

"Cheers" saved one of its wackier situation moments for the finale, when Sam and Diane each try and convince the other they're happily married so as to make the other jealous. Sam recruits a miserable Rebecca who has this gem of a cover story, while Diane has recruited a gay man to serve as her phony husband.

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"I gave that man the best years of my life." - Norm

Sam gets real during the second act of the "Cheers" finale, screaming at the bar that, "I should need more than this! You should need more than this." It's a cutting line and a great act break, but wouldn't be perfect without Norm lightening the mood.

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"I gave that man the best years of my life." - Norm

Sam gets real during the second act of the "Cheers" finale, screaming at the bar that, "I should need more than this! You should need more than this." It's a cutting line and a great act break, but wouldn't be perfect without Norm lightening the mood.

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"I won't pretend it's a modern day Athens." - Diane

Shelley Long didn't miss a beat when she returned to the finale. Diane is as aloof and just as snooty as ever. And this line singing the praises of Los Angeles as they're about to fly away together is just the tip off Sam and Diane need that maybe all is not right with this relationship. Even the pilot and flight attendant seem to know it. Another show would've forced these two back together in the end. "Cheers" was daring enough to make sure they didn't.

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"I won't pretend it's a modern day Athens." - Diane

Shelley Long didn't miss a beat when she returned to the finale. Diane is as aloof and just as snooty as ever. And this line singing the praises of Los Angeles as they're about to fly away together is just the tip off Sam and Diane need that maybe all is not right with this relationship. Even the pilot and flight attendant seem to know it. Another show would've forced these two back together in the end. "Cheers" was daring enough to make sure they didn't.

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"I shoot for Donald Trump and I end up with Ed Norton." - Rebecca

Here's a line that hasn't aged well, for obvious reasons. Rebecca can't believe the man she ended up with is a plumber, but takes it in stride anyway.

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"I shoot for Donald Trump and I end up with Ed Norton." - Rebecca

Here's a line that hasn't aged well, for obvious reasons. Rebecca can't believe the man she ended up with is a plumber, but takes it in stride anyway.

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"I don't think it matters what you love, so long as you love it totally, completely and without judgment." - Norm

Before Sam closes up, Norm, wise soul that he is, delivers this beautiful line about the meaning of life. George Wendt gives both a heavy-hearted and hilarious performance that truly anchors the "Cheers" finale. He even has a great line about his long-lost wife never glimpsed on the show. "My wife Vera. Remember her? That is her name, isn't it?"

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"I don't think it matters what you love, so long as you love it totally, completely and without judgment." - Norm

Before Sam closes up, Norm, wise soul that he is, delivers this beautiful line about the meaning of life. George Wendt gives both a heavy-hearted and hilarious performance that truly anchors the "Cheers" finale. He even has a great line about his long-lost wife never glimpsed on the show. "My wife Vera. Remember her? That is her name, isn't it?"

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"Boy, I'll tell you, I'm the luckiest son of a bitch on Earth." - Sam

There's no place like home. It's understandable that Sam wants more out of life, but the beauty of "Cheers" was that it never had to veer far from the bar to be funny. Everything they needed was right here.

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"Boy, I'll tell you, I'm the luckiest son of a bitch on Earth." - Sam

There's no place like home. It's understandable that Sam wants more out of life, but the beauty of "Cheers" was that it never had to veer far from the bar to be funny. Everything they needed was right here.

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‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ Gets Third Season on Amazon https://www.thewrap.com/marvelous-mrs-maisel-gets-third-season-amazon/ https://www.thewrap.com/marvelous-mrs-maisel-gets-third-season-amazon/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 17:26:54 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901132 There’s plenty more Midge Maisel on the way.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has been picked up by Amazon for a third season even before the critically-acclaimed dramedy’s second season has finished production, individuals with knowledge of the talks confirmed to TheWrap.

Following a housewife who goes into stand-up after her marriage crumbles, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has earned rave reviews, as well as a pair of Golden Globes for Best TV Series — Musical or Comedy and Best Actress for Rachel Brosnahan’s performance as the title character. The series was also honored with a Peabody Award last month.

Amazon released the show’s pilot last spring and later picked up the show for a two-season order, with Season 1 premiering last November. Production on Season 2 is already underway, with a release planned for later this year.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” also stars Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle, and was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. Sherman-Palladino is best known as the creator of “Gilmore Girls” and its subsequent miniseries revival, “A Year in the Life,” which was released on Netflix in 2016.

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Letter From Paris: With Democracy in Decline, What Will Replace It? https://www.thewrap.com/letter-paris-democracy-decline-marek-halter-trump-macron-cannes/ https://www.thewrap.com/letter-paris-democracy-decline-marek-halter-trump-macron-cannes/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 16:00:29 +0000 Sharon Waxman https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901084 On my way back from Cannes I stopped in Paris and went to meet my old friend Marek Halter — writer, political activist, militant for peace — and found that he had moved on from old paradigms.

“Democracy is over,” he declared, which alarmed me a little. We were sitting near his house at a restaurant on the Place des Vosges, a very beautiful, very old square in Paris, where Victor Hugo once lived. “It does not work for everyone… We are entering a different world. We can’t be too tied to our past. The past is the past.”

Halter was referring to the resurgence of virulent nationalism across Europe, and the abject failure to bring democracy to a place like Iraq, despite all the blood and money expended by the United States. He was referring to the dizzying changes brought by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, the strengthening of dictators around the world — the Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte and South Korea’s Kim Jong Un — and of course the chaotic mess that the Trump presidency represents. What does it mean that the most powerful democracy on earth could elect someone of Trump’s level of inexperience and opacity — and that he continues to govern?

Halter said this not in a pessimistic or even sad way, but more as an observation. And his saying so gave me pause, not because I agree with him, but because I’d never considered this before.

Now 82, Halter has lived through the titanic clashes of Communism and fascism, and seen the results. He fled Poland under the Nazis as a child with his family and went to Russia, where at one point he was chosen to present flowers to Joseph Stalin. But Communism — no.

After the war he returned to Poland, then ended up in Paris. He lived in Argentina and militated on behalf of those who disappeared under the military junta. He has been deeply involved in trying to bring peace to Arabs and Israelis, and for decades has spoken on behalf of preserving the memory of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Halter also remains on good terms with Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader funded a university project that Halter established two decades ago after the fall of communism, and Halter will join French President Emmanuel Macron at an economic summit in Saint Petersburg this week. He is part of the French intellectual class, and his ideas carry weight.

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“A human being is unable to live without hope,” Halter observed. And in the absence of a political ideology that inspires hope, religion is resurgent. (I pointed out to him that religion is not resurgent in the United States, where church-going remains in decline.) Technology, he said, does not offer hope, and it does not bode well for the future of democracy.

He seemed surprisingly unworried about this. I told Halter that I did not agree that democracy is an experiment that has run its course. It may be facing a difficult pass, but living in a free society is not something we outgrow. To me it is a system worth fighting for, one that requires investment in education to sustain and build it abroad, and vigilance to adapt to the sinister uses of technology at home.

The fact that Americans and Western Europeans has been fed fake news over the new tools of mass communication is not a reason to throw in the towel.

Halter said none of that mattered. History has moved on, and a new system — as yet undefined, needed to arise. “Today we have nothing to propose,” he said. “But we will find something. I believe in the genius of human beings.”

I ran this past a couple of journalist friends, and they were even less receptive than I was. That may be because France is in a good place for the first time in decades (despite crippling transit strikes that are nothing new in this town).

The just-turned-40-year-old Macron has brought an energy and optimism to France that is palpable. He created a political movement modeled on the template of a start-up — his party appeared virtually overnight. With the United States turning inward and England mired in Brexit, it has allowed France to take a leading global role.

In fact, Macron’s biggest misstep — according to the media class — was in failing to win concessions from Trump on issues like Iran or the environmental accord on his recent visit, while appearing to fall victim to Trump’s bromantic charm.

If the future is uncertain, this weekend Europe was on the whole a happy place. The sun shone down on Paris and London, and the world tuned in to watch Prince Harry marry his divorced, African-American former actress Meghan Markle.

Spike Lee won a big award in Cannes, as did a gentle movie about an impoverished Japanese family, “Shoplifters.”

The women in Cannes raised their voices, and Weinstein survivor Asia Argento declared from an official Cannes podium that the mogul who she has accused of raping her at this festival would never again darken its door.

While that doesn’t mean that democracy isn’t under assault, it does mean that unexpected moments of redemption do arise, moments of unity, of love, of common values.

And on a spring weekend in Europe, that does offer hope.

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Asia Argento Condemns Harvey Weinstein During Cannes Awards: 'This Festival Was His Hunting Ground' (Video)

Is the Cannes Film Festival in Decline? Not to the French

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‘Deadpool 2’ Dives Into Box Office With $125 Million Opening https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-dives-box-office-125-million-opening/ https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-dives-box-office-125-million-opening/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 14:59:45 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901094 The Avengers’ reign atop the box office has come to an end at the hands of the black sheep of the Marvel family, as 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool 2” takes over the top spot with an opening of $125 million.

That means that the Ryan Reynolds sequel will fall just short of the $132 million made by the first “Deadpool” two years ago, despite setting a new opening day record for R-rated films with $53 million. After that Friday result, industry estimates were projecting a 15 percent drop for Saturday, but the Saturday returns ended up being more than 20 percent down.

But Fox won’t cry over spilled milk — or perhaps in this antihero’s case, spilled blood — as “Deadpool 2” joins its predecessor as the only films released by the studio since 2011 to score openings above $100 million. With “DP2” making $301 million on 4,349 screens its opening weekend, it is the second-biggest launch and widest release in Fox’s history.

Even the X-Men — whom Deadpool loves to trash talk — haven’t reach that $100 million mark lately, as 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $90.8 million while last year’s “Logan” opened to $88 million. “Deadpool 2” also beat the openings of two recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($117 million) and “Thor: Ragnarok” ($122 million).

“Avengers: Infinity War,” meanwhile, didn’t let Deadpool’s arrival affect it too much with $28.7 million in its fourth weekend, to bring its domestic total to $595 million. Globally, “Avengers” now sits at $1.81 billion after making $113 million worldwide this weekend, including $53.7 million in its second weekend in China.

After scoring a near-record $200 million last weekend – and $300 million after 10 days — at the Chinese box office, “Avengers” now sits fourth among all Western releases. The film is expected to become the first summer release to gross $2 billion worldwide, possibly by the end of Memorial Day weekend.

In third place this weekend was Paramount’s “Book Club,” which opened to an estimated $12.5 million from 2,781 theaters. That’s slightly ahead of box office expectations, but more importantly, the film starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen won over audiences with an A- on CinemaScore despite a tepid critical response with 58 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

According to CinemaScore’s demographic breakdown, 50 percent of opening night crowds polled were women over the age of 50, and women overall made up 80 percent. A common expectation with older audiences is that they tend to see films they are interested in later in their theatrical run. Paramount will be banking on this strong approval from the boomer generation to trigger results for the weeks to come.

Completing the top five are last week’s releases, WB/New Line’s “Life of the Party” and Universal’s “Breaking In,” both of which took steep drops this weekend. The Melissa McCarthy-led “Life of the Party” fell 58 percent to a $7.5 million result this weekend, giving the $32 million film a 10-day total of $30 million. “Breaking In” starring Gabrielle Union fell 63 percent to $6.4 million, but has already made its money back with a $28 million 10-day total against a $6 million production budget.

Sitting outside the top five is Global Road’s “Show Dogs,” which failed to win Best in Show with just $6 million from 3,145 screens.

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‘SNL': Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding Video Exposes How Problematic the Royal Family Is (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/snl-royal-wedding-video-features-prince-william-twerking-with-prince-harry-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/snl-royal-wedding-video-features-prince-william-twerking-with-prince-harry-video/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 11:34:27 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901046

“SNL” went behind the closed doors of the reception of Saturday’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle, finding the members of the British royal family expressing, perhaps, their more problematic leanings, especially in the case of host Tina Fey’s Duchess of Devonshire.

“What’s up?! It’s your boy, Harry Windsor, aka Ron Sleazely,” said Prince Harry, played in the sketch by Mikey Day. “Official wedding video 2018. It’s 2 a.m. Royal reception still going strong. Meghan’s in the hallway, trying to stop some of her white relatives from getting in because they’re mental.”

Harry moved through the reception, interacting with guests along the way.

You can watch the video above.

“Sister-in-law, Kate Middleton,” he said to a stumbling Kate, played by Cecily Strong. “You look a little tipsy.”

“For the last six years I’ve been pregnant the whole time,” Strong’s Kate replied. “I’m going hard tonight.”

“I can tell,” Harry replied. “How much have you had to drink?”

“One glass of champagne! Whoo!” she told him.

Before long, Harry came across his brother, Prince William, played by Alex Moffat.

“Oh, hello, William,” Harry said. “Sorry to hear your hair couldn’t make it.”

With William toting his newborn baby in a sling across his chest, Harry convinced him to dance, twerking for the camera. The brothers were having a good time until they realized their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, played by Kate McKinnon, was watching.

Harry moved on to what he called “the cheap seats,” talking to friends of Meghan and relatives he didn’t recognize. After a few more interactions, he found a relative played by Tina Fey, the host of the Season 43 finale.

“I’m the Duchess of Devonshire,” Fey said, explaining in a thick accent who she was. “Your father’s uncle once removed married my mum, who is his cousin. I am both your aunt and your niece.”

“Love it,” Harry replied.

“Last I saw you, you were a wee boy,” Fey continued. “Just after a polo match — I was kicked in the face by a horse.”

“Oh, Aunty Creepy!” Harry exclaimed. “Dad used to say if we were bad we’d have to come live with you.”

“Right he was, because I’m a monster and a bit of a pedophile,” Fey told him.

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‘SNL': Tina Fey Returns as Sarah Palin to Sing Advice to Trump and Friends (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/snl-tina-fey-sarah-palin-sing-trump-officials/ https://www.thewrap.com/snl-tina-fey-sarah-palin-sing-trump-officials/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 11:18:04 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901042

Tina Fey brought back one of the audience’s favorite characters from her days on “SNL” – former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

During her turn as host of the Season 43 finale, Fey’s Palin turned up in the Oval Office, taking the opportunity to warn former and current figures in Donald Trump’s White House that fame can be fleeting.

“It’s me, the ghost of Sarah Palin,” Fey’s Palin said. “No, I’m just kidding, but you had to think about it, didn’t you? Here’s a refresher: I was the first female on a Republican presidential ticket, and now I get paid to tweet for Bass Pro Shop.”

Palin went on to warn the members of the Trump administration that political fame can be fleeting.

You can watch the entire sketch in the video embedded at the top of this post.

“Take it from me, politics is a wild ride,” she said. “One minute you’re on top and the next you’re gone in the blink of a Scaramucci. Well, I have a message for all the people in the Trump White House: Enjoy your moment. Who knows how long it’ll last?”

To get her point across, Fey’s Palin sang “What I Did for Love” from the musical “A Chorus Line.” But, in her version, “love” was replaced with “Trump.”

As Palin sang, she was joined by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played by Aidy Bryant. A moment later, Kellyanne Conway, played by Kate McKinnon, was lowered into the office on wires to join the number.

Leslie Jones returned as Omarosa Manigault, once again insisting that she left the White House of her own accord and was not fired. After that, “SNL” alum Fred Armisen showed up reprising his role as “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff. Palin noted that Wolff had disappeared quickly after the release of his book, to which he replied that he’d soon be back with a new book that would explain that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are actually the same person.

“Is that true?” an incredulous Palin asked.

“Yeah, sure,” Wolff returned.

Finally, Palin was joined by Rex Tillerson, played again by guest John Goodman. Unlike the others, Tillerson was glad for having lost his job at the White House.

“I started scathed and I came out unscathed!” Tillerson declared.

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‘SNL’ Weekend Update Host Michael Che: ‘I Like How Unfair and Mean-Spirited’ the Mueller Investigation Is (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/snl-weekend-update-host-michael-che-mueller-investigation-rachel-dolezal/ https://www.thewrap.com/snl-weekend-update-host-michael-che-mueller-investigation-rachel-dolezal/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 10:44:20 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1900997

Weekend Update on “SNL” had plenty of Donald Trump headlines for its season finale, even bringing up that earlier on Saturday the president tweeted about first lady Melania, misspelling her name “Melanie.”

The segment kicked off with Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost noting that Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into the Russian interference in 2016 elections.

Co-host Michael Che referenced Trump’s sarcastic tweet about the investigation, in which he called Mueller’s probe “the greatest witch hunt in American history,” then joked that, actually, the witch hunt is pretty great from his point of view.

You’ll find the transcript of the segment below, and you can watch it in the video embedded at that top of this post.

Jost: “Well, Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the start of Robert Mueller’s investigation, which is the first anniversary Trump actually remembered. Just ask his wife Melanie.”

Referencing the recent “Laurel/Yanny” meme, Jost talked about the way the Mueller investigation comes off to people who either dislike or support Trump.

Jost: “I think with the Russia investigation, ultimately, what you think depends on what you think of Trump. Some people hear ‘laurel’ while idiots hear ‘yanny.’ And that’s how it was with the Russia investigation. If you like Trump, this is what you hear: ‘It’s a witch hunt. There was no collusion.’ But if you don’t like Trump, this is what you hear: ‘I’m getting away with it, bitches.’ “

Che: “President Trump posted a sarcastic message on the anniversary of the Mueller probe, saying ‘Congratulations, America. We are now in the second year of the greatest witch hunt in American history.’ And you know what? It is pretty great. Personally, I like how unfair and mean-spirited it is. It’s not every day a black man can root for the feds, but I’m really enjoying this. I feel like I’m watching Rachel Dolezal get kicked out of a Starbucks. I’m for that.

“Rudy Giuliani claimed his legal team was told off the record of an informant in the Trump campaign, which is hilarious because he’s like a rapper who sings about the people he shot, gets locked up for it and says, ‘Yo, somebody’s snitching.’ “

Jost: “It was reported President Trump talked to Sean Hannity almost every night before bed. I never thought I would say this, but poor Sean Hannity. Can you imagine a worse voice to hear before you go to sleep? Just heavy breathing mixed with the crinkling of cheeseburger wrappers. And was that a flush? Also, Sean Hannity is a journalist. Imagine [if] Obama was calling Anderson Cooper every night before he went to bed. Anderson can. I just think Hannity loses a lot of integrity as a journalist if he ends his night saying, ‘No, Mr. President, you hang up.’ “

Che: “North Korea issued a statement condemning national security adviser John Bolton, saying they do not hide their feelings of repugnance toward him — which I get. Look at him. He looks like he still calls jazz jungle music.

“Trump promised protection for Kim Jong-Un if he makes a deal during their meetings but warned that if talks fall apart, he would decimate them. You know, real Nobel Peace Prize stuff. Reminds me of Martin Luther King’s speech: ‘Dream or nightmare, take your pick.’ “

Jost: “New footage was released of Bill Gates talking about a meeting with President Trump in which Trump asked him if HPV and HIV were the same thing, adding, ‘And which is the one that shows Property Brothers?’ And for real, Trump asked this of Bill Gates on two separate occasions. So you know homey got HPV.”

Che: “Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, or as they call a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Israel, a bris.”

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‘SNL': Baldwin’s Trump Celebrates the Anniversary of the Mueller Investigation with a ‘Sopranos’ Parody (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/snl-finale/ https://www.thewrap.com/snl-finale/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 03:52:47 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1900550

Alec Baldwin returned for the series finale of “SNL” as Donald Trump, parodying the finale of “The Sopranos” to celebrate the first year of the Russia investigation.

Baldwin’s Trump started the sketch by entering a restaurant in New Jersey to meet friends — Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani, Ben Stiller as his former lawyer Michael Cohen, and Mikey Day as Donald Trump Jr.

“So Rudy did you go on Fox News last night?” Trump asked as McKinnon’s Giuliani sat down.

“Like 20 times,” Giuliani answered. “Don’t worry I told them you were openly colluding with Russia, but then I said ‘So what!’ I even confessed to some crimes you didn’t do but then i said, what are you gonna do, arrest the president?”

Stiller’s Cohen entered next, still downtrodden for being pulled into the Robert Mueller investigation.

“So how was work today?” Giuliani asked him.

“Oh you know, really bad,” Stiller’s Cohen answered. “Mostly just preparing to go to jail and stuff. They said I might get 20 years if I don’t give you up.”

“Jail is fun. It’s like camp,” Trump responded.

“You can always come visit,” Cohen said.

“I would but, golf,” Baldwin’s Trump said.

Next, Mikey Day entered, reprising his long-running role as Donald Trump Jr. Trump started the conversation by asking him where Eric Trump was, since they always appear together in “SNL” sketches.

Day’s Trump Jr. said that he was parallel parking, and the sketch cut to find Alex Moffat as Eric, parallel parking a big wheel.

As the group continued their meeting, one last star walked into the restaurant: Robert Mueller, played again by Robert De Niro.

Trump slowly realized he was the only one of the group who realized the special prosecutor was in the restaurant, as the others continued to talk about their criminal dealings.

“Hey Dad, maybe tomorrow I’ll show you that Chinese deal we ‘didn’t talk about,’ ” Day’s Don Jr. said.

“Hey that’s great — is that Robert Mueller? Am I the only one who sees that guy?” Trump asked.

Trump and Mueller made eye contact as Giuliani and Cohen continued to say incriminating things.

“Hey, I think I figured out a loophole so they can’t legally subpoena you,” McKinnon’s Giuliani told him. “Have you heard of faking your own death?”

As Trump watched, De Niro’s Mueller stood up and pointedly walked by — and then made a “Meet the Parents” joke, making the “I’m watching you” gesture at Trump.

The sketch ended just like “The Sopranos” did: by cutting to a black screen.

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Trump Roasted for Misspelling First Lady’s Name in Tweet: ‘Who the F— Is Melanie?’ https://www.thewrap.com/trump-roasted-for-misspelling-melania-name-in-tweet-who-the-f-is-melanie/ https://www.thewrap.com/trump-roasted-for-misspelling-melania-name-in-tweet-who-the-f-is-melanie/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 02:58:40 +0000 Rosemary Rossi https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1900549 President Donald Trump tweeted a very sweet “welcome home” message regarding First Lady Melania Trump, who was hospitalized this past week with a kidney condition. Too bad he misspelled her name.

“Great to have our incredible First Lady back home in the White House. Melanie is feeling and doing really well. Thank you for all of your prayers and best wishes!” read the Saturday tweet.

Yes. You read that correctly. “Melanie.”

The post was deleted and replaced moments later with the typo corrected. “Melanie” was out and “Melania” was in.

While a few on Twitter attributed the faux pas to autocorrect gone rogue…

…and most wished the first lady a speedy recovery, others — including Howard Stern and Kathy Griffin — couldn’t help but poke fun at the president.

“Relaxing with the cats and my wife Bith,” wrote the shock jock, referring to his wife Beth.

While Griffin had an entirely different “Melanie” in mind.

The first lady underwent “an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition,” the White House said in a statement Monday. The procedure was successful and there were no complications, but the FLOTUS remained at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the duration of the week.

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‘Fahrenheit 451’ Film Review: Michael B. Jordan Remakes Ray Bradbury for the Age of Fake News https://www.thewrap.com/fahrenheit-451-film-review-michael-b-jordan-version-remakes-ray-bradbury-for-the-age-of-fake-news/ https://www.thewrap.com/fahrenheit-451-film-review-michael-b-jordan-version-remakes-ray-bradbury-for-the-age-of-fake-news/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 02:00:00 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1890889 Most people who see Ramin Bahrani’s “Fahrenheit 451,” which had a midnight screening at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday and comes to HBO on May 19, will probably think of it as a new adaptation of the classic science-fiction novel by Ray Bradbury, who posited a future in which books were outlawed and the job of a fireman was to burn them.

But in Cannes, there’s another strong association, because an earlier film based on Bradbury’s book was directed by legendary French director Francois Truffaut, whose only English-language film was a 1966 version starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie.

So Bahrani, the director of “99 Homes” and “Chop Shop,” comes to the Croisette having to measure up to two formidable artists — a task he approaches by doing his best to ignore Truffaut and give glancing service to Bradbury.

Bahrani’s “Fahrenheit 451” is more high-tech than Truffaut’s, of course, and far more violent. It jettisons big portions of Bradbury’s story to zero in on one relationship, and adds a shoot-‘em-out finale miles away in tone from the novelist’s more contemplative coda. (To be fair, that coda followed the nuking of a city, so the author hardly eschewed violence.)

It works, to a degree, though largely as a showcase for a battle between Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. The former plays Guy Montag, a gung-ho fireman primed for a promotion and seemingly eager to be the brash hero of every book-burning for the mindless masses who watch his exploits on 24-hour-a-day reality TV (or is it fake news?) projected on the side of the skyscrapers in the unnamed future metropolis.

Shannon is Captain Beatty, Montag’s boss, whose quintessential Shannonesque villainy is slightly undercut by the fact that he seems to have read a lot of the books he burns, and can eloquently explain that they contradict each other and would just confuse regular people.

Those people are kept in a state of perpetual vacuity by state news and by “The 9,” this film’s version of the internet, albeit an internet designed to dumb down everybody who uses it — which is to say, everybody.

In Bradbury’s book and Truffaut’s film, the misguided masses were epitomized by Montag’s wife, Millie, who’s been so techno-lobotomized that she can’t even remember her suicide attempt the morning after. Bahrani filmed Millie’s scenes, with actress Laura Harrier in the role, but they wound up on the cutting-room floor; in this “Fahrenheit 451,” the mindless masses are barely seen and Montag is a bachelor, all the better to hasten his showdown with Captain Beatty.

That showdown comes when Montag, spurred by a few conversations with a mysterious young woman who informs for Beatty but also has ties to the resistance, and shaken by an old woman who incinerates herself rather than watch her illicit library burn, begins to think that books just might be better for, you know, reading instead of burning.

He swipes a copy of Dostoyevsky’s “Notes From the Underground” (in Bradbury’s telling, it was the Bible) and starts having the kind of doubts we knew were inevitable from the moment Jordan strutted and grinned like the world’s most enthusiastic fireman in his early scenes.

Bahrani’s “Fahrenheit” has its topical touches, with clear nods to today’s anti-immigrant crusades in the way people are separated into “natives” and “eels” — i.e., good citizens who do what the government tells them and outsiders who don’t. But despite the timeliness, and the spectacle of all those gleaming high-rise towers serving as giant TV screens, the film sometimes seems as besotted with the shiny images as Montag initially is with the flames he unleashes.

Bradbury and Truffaut both had more humane, more human takes on the material, and maybe more love for the power of the words that Montag ends up trying to save rather than burn.

This version of the story turns into a chase of sorts, and places the real key to humanity’s future not in the memories of a colony of people who’ve memorized entire books, but the DNA of a bird who’s been programmed with all human knowledge. (The book people are here, but they’re expendable; it’s the bird who’s got to be saved at all costs.)

Jordan and Shannon, though, make suitably fierce competitors. And in an era where inconvenient truths are branded as fake, any take on Bradbury’s cautionary tale can’t help but be resonant, and worth seeing.

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Kentucky Derby Winner Justify Wins Preakness, Sets Up Triple Crown Run https://www.thewrap.com/kentucky-derby-winner-justify-wins-preakness-sets-up-triple-crown-run/ https://www.thewrap.com/kentucky-derby-winner-justify-wins-preakness-sets-up-triple-crown-run/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 23:34:48 +0000 Rosemary Rossi https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1900530 Heavy fog and a muddy track didn’t stop Justify from winning the 143rd Preakness Stakes on Saturday and putting the American thoroughbred just one win away from the Triple Crown.

Ridden by jockey Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert, Justify took the lead late in the race but held on for the narrow victory with a winning time of 1:55.93.

“Oh, man. It was a nail-biter,” Baffert told NBC after the race. “They put it to us. That [Good Magic] was a good horse, and it was like they had their own private match race. Somebody had to give, and I’m glad it wasn’t us. I’m so happy that we got it done. He’s just a great horse to handle all that pressure and keep on running.”

After besting eight horses at today’s race in front of an announced crowd of 134,487 at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, and the Kentucky Derby on May 5, Justify is next headed to the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York, on June 9, where he could become one of only two horses in 40 years to sweep the Triple Crown.

Justify has remained undefeated in four career starts, which has led to him being compared to another racing great, American Pharoah, who, in 2015, was the last to win all three race.

The 3-year-old colt is undefeated in five career starts.

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Terry Gilliam’s Epically Troubled ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote:’ A Brief History https://www.thewrap.com/terry-gilliams-epically-troubled-the-man-who-killed-don-quixote-a-brief-history/ https://www.thewrap.com/terry-gilliams-epically-troubled-the-man-who-killed-don-quixote-a-brief-history/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 22:00:19 +0000 Brian Welk https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1887306 Terry Gilliam has tried to make his film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” for two decades, and it finally screened on the closing night of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

It’s the quintessential production from hell, complete with on-set injuries, lost funding, natural disasters and outsize ambitions worthy of the hero of Cervantes’ classic novel. Even after it wrapped, a lawsuit threatened to derail the film from screening at Cannes, and Amazon Studios pulled out of a deal to distribute the film in the U.S.

So the irony isn’t lost on anyone that Gilliam’s quest to make a movie about Don Quixote has been nothing if not quixotic. Here’s a not-so-brief timeline of every step on the road to Gilliam getting his film made.

1997

Gilliam started thinking about an adaptation of Cervantes’ 1615 novel “Don Quixote” in the early ’90s, and in a 1997 interview with Neon Magazine, he revealed “Don Quixote” as one of the “10 movies they wouldn’t let me make.”

“The years I wasted on this one,” he lamented, hardly realizing how quaint that now sounds. He originally asked for $20 million in funding from Europe and found that still wasn’t enough for his vision.

Gilliam also revealed that the studio wanted Sean Connery for the title role, but the actor left the project to make “The Defective Detective” (another movie that never came to pass). The director was replaced by Fred Schepesi, with John Cleese and Robin Williams in the lead roles, though that version never panned out either. “That really hurts, that I let a project I’m convinced I’m the best director on the planet to do, slip by,” Gilliam said.

1998

After the U.K. premiere of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in 1998, Gilliam said that “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” would be his next film. He had secured a $32 million budget and planned to begin production in Spain in September 2000.

In this version, Quixote would be played by French actor Jean Rochefort, who had learned English for the role, with the director’s “Fear and Loathing” star Johnny Depp as the Sancho Panza figure.

The script he wrote with Tony Grisoni was about a 21st-century ad executive (Depp) who travels back in time to the 17th century and gets mistaken for Sancho Panza. The story also drew inspiration from Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” another of the 10 movies Gilliam said he hoped to adapt for the screen in that Neon interview.

IFC Films

September 2000

The production appeared cursed from day one. As documented in the 2002 documentary “Lost in La Mancha,” production began north of Madrid near a Spanish military base and fighter planes flying overhead drowned out the sound recording.

On the second day of shooting, a flood washed through the area, causing the crew to lose equipment and for the landscape to be changed so drastically that it affected continuity. And after feeling pain from riding a horse, Rochefort was then sent to a doctor in Paris and was found to have a back issue.

He would not return, and production was canceled altogether in November. Nicola Pecorini, the film’s director of photography, said in the documentary, “Never in 22 years of being in this business have I seen such a sum of bad luck.”

September 2005

Gilliam’s interest in “Don Quixote” perked up again in 2005, when “Tideland” producer Jeremy Thomas came on board the project and Gilliam hinted that he wanted Gerard Depardieu to play the lead role.

June 2009

Johnny Depp breathed new life into the project when he told Ain’t It Cool News that he loved Gilliam and was still on board — though he hedged about whether he would be available given his commitment to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.

“I’d hate to put him in a position — or ask to be in a position — where he’d have to wait for me. That would be wrong,” Depp said. “But also… I feel like we went there and tried something, and, whatever it was — the elements and all the things that got up underneath us – -were there and happened and were documented well in that film ‘Lost in La Mancha.’ So I don’t know if it’s right for me to go back there. I don’t know if it’s right for Terry to, but if he wants to…”

December 2009

Collider reported that Gilliam wanted Robert Duvall for the lead role of Don Quixote, but only “if they get the money,” Duvall said.

May 2010

With Depp tied up, Gilliam turned to Ewan McGregor to play the Sancho Panza role opposite Duvall. He also said that he slashed the budget to a mere $20 million.

September 2010

Funding falls apart again for Gilliam’s film, despite having Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor attached. “I shouldn’t be here. The plan was to be shooting ‘Quixote’ right now,” Gilliam told Variety.

November 2013

Shortly after releasing his sci-fi “The Zero Theorem,” Gilliam confirmed to ComingSoon.net that he had begun preproduction on a seventh version of on “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.”

“Lucky seven, maybe,” he said. “We’ll see if it happens. This is kind of my default position, going back to that. I actually just want to make it and get rid of it. Get it out of my life.”

August 2014

Gilliam told TheWrap that he secured funding for “Don Quixote” and planned to shoot it in early 2015 — with the film now set in the present day and revolving around a movie being made about Quixote. “I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it,” Gilliam said. “I’ve done it so many times — or not done it so many times — I’ll believe it when I see it.”

September-November 2014

After another casting “hiccup” that Gilliam described to Rolling Stone as a “Sisyphean rock,” John Hurt was confirmed to play the role of Don Quixote, with Jack O’Connell as Sancho Panza. He even sparked a renewed excitement by releasing concept art for the film on his Facebook page.

September 2015

Another major setback suspended production when star Hurt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He eventually passed away in 2017, a sad reality Gilliam knew all too well after Heath Ledger passed away during production of “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.”

May 2016

Teaming with Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, Gilliam got “Don Quixote” back on track yet again with a new cast that this time includes Gilliam’s “Monty Python” co-hort Michael Palin, Adam Driver and Olga Kurylenko as the female lead.

September 2016

Branco failed to get together funds that he promised, stalling its planned production date in October. Branco clashed with Gilliam, demanded creative control over the film, slashed the budget, dramatically reduced the fee for Palin and even threatened legal action over the film.

“I was moving with caution,” Branco said in Le Monde. “In most of Gilliam’s films, budgets had exploded. But I quickly realized that he had a deep hatred towards producers. I started to have doubts even though I had a lot of funding.” 

But Gilliam persevered, telling BBC Radio 2, “We are still marching forward. It is not dead. I will be dead before the film is.”

June 2017

Production finally wrapped on “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” — this time with Jonathan Pryce as Quixote and Driver as Toby, a modern ad executive mistaken for Sancho Panza. The cast also included Stellan Skarsgard, Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro, Jordi Molla, Sergi Lopez and Rossy de Palma.

April 2018

At long last, a trailer is released for “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.” The film tells the story of a 21st-century marketing executive named Toby (Driver) who time jumps between modern times and 17th-century Spain, where Don Quixote (Pryce) mistakes him for his trusted squire, Sancho Panza.

Then the film landed the closing-night slot at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, with a gala screening on May 19.

Within days, though, former producer Branco filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to prevent Cannes from screening the film and claiming that Gilliam needs Branco’s permission to screen the film. Cannes organizers stood by Gilliam and defends the right to screen it, even taking a swipe at Branco.

May 2018

A Paris court dismissed Branco’s lawsuit, allowing the film to screen at Cannes’ closing night as planned.

But the troubles didn’t end. Gilliam suffered a minor stroke just days before the court ruling and Amazon Studios pulled out of its deal to release “Don Quixote” in North America, telling TheWrap they pulled out because producers failed to deliver it.

The film finally did screen and won affectionate reviews from critics, including TheWrap’s Ben Croll, who called it “an awful lot of fun”: “The director hasn’t lost an inch of his Monty Python irreverence, gleefully poking holes in the narrative by breaking the fourth wall and calling attention to all the artifice.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Cannes Stands by Terry Gilliam's 'Don Quixote' Despite Producer's Lawsuit to Block Screening

Cannes Adds Terry Gilliam's 'Don Quixote,' Lars von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built'

Terry Gilliam Blasts 'Mob Rule' of #MeToo Movement in Hollywood: 'It Is a World of Victims'

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‘Deadpool 2’ Writers Say They Shot (But Cut) an ‘Increasingly Violent’ Wade Wilson Suicide Montage https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-writers-ama-shot-cut-increasingly-violent-suicide-montage/ https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-writers-ama-shot-cut-increasingly-violent-suicide-montage/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 21:31:18 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1900193 “Deadpool 2” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick invited Marvel fans to ask them anything on Friday, and the Reddit community didn’t disappoint.

A user named ace22nd posed to the duo: “Any jokes/gags you really wanted to do but couldn’t?”

“One thing we really wanted to see (and actually shot!) was a Deadpool suicide montage, where DP is trying to kill himself over and over in increasingly violent ways (drinking Drano, jumping into a polar bear enclosure), etc.,” they responded during the AMA. “You should be able to see it on the DVD!”

In case you’re not a fan, Wade Wilson — Deadpool’s public alter-ego — can’t really die due to his accelerated healing factor superpower. Or at the very least, he’s pretty damn hard to kill, try as Cable (Josh Brolin) might.

On Friday, the Twentieth Century Fox film set a new box office record for an R-rated movie opening.

Back to that whole “suicide montage” thing for a second — where have we seen that before?

Oh, yeah:

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Fall TV: 7 Intriguing New Matchups, Like ‘Magnum PI’ vs ‘9-1-1’ (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/fall-tv-intriguing-matchups-magnum-pi-manifest-roseanne/ https://www.thewrap.com/fall-tv-intriguing-matchups-magnum-pi-manifest-roseanne/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 21:00:07 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1897472 It’s not even summer yet and we’re already looking forward to fall. After all, that’s when the best TV shows come back on (and the oppressive heat subsides).

Much like you fans, we at TheWrap are dying to find out what happens next with our favorite small-screen characters. But we’ve also got an eye on another angle: What are the most intriguing new matchups?

Now that we knows the days and time slots for all new and returning broadcast primetime series, we’ve pinpointed seven battles worth watching.

The CW (The CW) vs. Everybody (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC)
Sundays, 8-10 p.m.
Guess who’s coming to Sundays? For the first time in nine years, The CW is bringing back nationally programmed Sunday nights next season, when it will air “Supergirl” at 8 p.m. and the “Charmed” reboot at 9.

Welcome! For starters, you’ve got TV’s top show, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” to contend with. On Fox, it’ll be animation and freshman show “Rel”; on CBS, “God Friended Me” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”; and on ABC, “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” and “Shark Tank.”

So good luck with all of that.

“Magnum P.I.” (CBS) vs. “9-1-1” (Fox)
Mondays, 9 p.m.
No mustache (OK, so there’s a goatee) — but does this comma-less remake of the ’80s “Magnum, P.I.” have teeth? It had better to go up against Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1,” which is already established in the 9 o’clock time slot on Mondays.

The Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and now Jennifer Love Hewitt-led Fox drama averaged a big 3.0 rating in the core 18-49 demographic when counting a week’s worth of delayed viewing. The freshman first-responder series was Fox’s highest-rated entertainment show of the season, beating even “Empire.”

In other words, better keep that Ferrari perfectly waxed and buffed, Magnum.

“Manifest” (NBC) vs. “Bull” (CBS) vs. “The Good Doctor” (ABC)
Mondays, 10 p.m.
Apparently, no one told these guys that three is a crowd.

Let’s start with the returning shows: “The Good Doctor” was this season’s top new drama, averaging a huge 15.6 million total viewers per episode. “Bull” was literally the next most-watched series on broadcast, hauling in 14.3 million viewers of its own. Though it stands to reason that the ABC medical show’s Nielsen numbers will decline in Year 2, “Bull” will be moving away from the huge lead-in “NCIS” currently provides — so say farewell to some built-in eyeballs.

So where does “Manifest” fit in here? Well, we’ll have to wait and find out. If done right, the Robert Zemeckis missing-airplane drama could add some turbulence to an already competitive hour.

“F.B.I.” (CBS) vs. “This Is Us” (NBC)
Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Welcome to the lion’s den, “F.B.I.”

Super Bowl or no Super Bowl, “This Is Us” is a powerhouse — and freshman “F.B.I.” is moving into Milo Ventimiglia’s dorm. Remember how we wished “Bull” lots of luck without “NCIS”? Well, “F.B.I.” is the one getting the CBS springboard — but it had better be a damn good show to have a prayer against the Pearsons.

Here’s the case one could make for “F.B.I.” beyond just its lead-in: Dick Wolf knows how to make a procedural. Unfortunately for the big fan of the Windy City, Dan Fogelman knows how to make you cry. Tears beat Miranda Rights every time.

“Murphy Brown” (CBS) vs. “Thursday Night Football” (Fox)
Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.
“Roseanne” has changed everything — but we don’t think that means Fox Sports should be shaking in its cleats. Football is still going to win this battle, but Fox’s fancy new primetime pro pigskin should see a pretty formidable opponent in “Murphy Brown” — especially over the revival’s first few weeks.

Still, any given Thursday, are we right?

To look at it another way, for $3.3 billion, Fox had better win every damn Thursday that 106 men put on pads.

“Last Man Standing” (Fox) vs. “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)
Fridays, 8 p.m.
This one isn’t so much about “Fresh Off the Boat” as it is about Tim Allen vs. ABC.

The comedian and Michigan Tourism spokesman really let ABC have it for canceling his reliable Friday sitcom a year ago. Now revived by Fox, you’d better believe that the “Home Improvement” alum wants to dominate the Disney-owned broadcast network in his time period. He will, let’s just home the comeback is funnier than Allen’s set at the Fox upfront.

Pure victory. (CUT TO: Shot of Lake Michigan)

“Roseanne” (ABC) vs. “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
At the CBS upfront, entertainment President Kelly Kahl talked about how “The Neighborhood” star Cedric the Entertainer comes complete with a built-in audience — he’d better.

“Roseanne” will win running away Tuesdays at 8 o’clock, though CBS comedies not named “9JKL” and “Living Biblically” still tend to draw solid viewership. As awkward as the post-pilot “Neighborhood” recasting in favor of Max Greenfield may be, it’s a very good decision and a role he’ll kill in.

That said, “The Neighborhood” is now on its third title, and that’s never a good sign. Hey, you probably could’ve hung with “Splitting Up Together”!

Related stories from TheWrap:

Here's the Complete Fall 2018 TV Schedule for All 5 Broadcast Networks

Fall TV 2018: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)

7 New Fall TV Shows We Can't Wait to See, From 'Rel' to 'Manifest' (Photos)

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Much like you fans, we at TheWrap are dying to find out what happens next with our favorite small-screen characters. But we've also got an eye on another angle: What are the most intriguing new matchups?  

Now that we knows the days and time slots for all new and returning broadcast primetime series, we've pinpointed seven battles worth watching. Click through the gallery for them all.  

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It's not even summer yet and we're already looking forward to Fall. After all, that's when the best TV shows come back on (and the oppressive heat subsides).  

Much like you fans, we at TheWrap are dying to find out what happens next with our favorite small-screen characters. But we've also got an eye on another angle: What are the most intriguing new matchups?  

Now that we knows the days and time slots for all new and returning broadcast primetime series, we've pinpointed seven battles worth watching. Click through the gallery for them all.  

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The CW (The CW) vs. Everybody (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC)  

Sundays, 8-10 p.m.  

Guess who's coming to Sundays? For the first time in nine years, The CW is bringing back nationally programmed Sunday nights next season, when it will air "Supergirl" at 8 p.m. and the "Charmed" reboot at 9.  

Welcome! For starters, you've got TV's top show, NBC's "Sunday Night Football," to contend with. On Fox, it'll be animation and freshman show "Rel"; on CBS, "God Friended Me" and "NCIS: Los Angeles"; and on ABC, "Dancing With the Stars: Juniors" and "Shark Tank."  

So good luck with all of that.  

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The CW (The CW) vs. Everybody (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC)  

Sundays, 8-10 p.m.  

Guess who's coming to Sundays? For the first time in nine years, The CW is bringing back nationally programmed Sunday nights next season, when it will air "Supergirl" at 8 p.m. and the "Charmed" reboot at 9.  

Welcome! For starters, you've got TV's top show, NBC's "Sunday Night Football," to contend with. On Fox, it'll be animation and freshman show "Rel"; on CBS, "God Friended Me" and "NCIS: Los Angeles"; and on ABC, "Dancing With the Stars: Juniors" and "Shark Tank."  

So good luck with all of that.  

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"Magnum P.I." (CBS) vs. "9-1-1" (Fox)  

Mondays, 9 p.m.  

No mustache (OK, so there's a goatee) -- but does this comma-less remake of the '80s "Magnum, P.I." have teeth? It had better to go up against Ryan Murphy's "9-1-1," which is already established in the 9 o'clock time slot on Mondays.  

The Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and now Jennifer Love Hewitt-led Fox drama averaged a big 3.0 rating in the core 18-49 demographic when counting a week's worth of delayed viewing. The freshman first-responder series was Fox's highest-rated entertainment show of the season, beating even "Empire."  

In other words, better keep that Ferrari perfectly waxed and buffed, Magnum.  

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"Magnum P.I." (CBS) vs. "9-1-1" (Fox)  

Mondays, 9 p.m.  

No mustache (OK, so there's a goatee) -- but does this comma-less remake of the '80s "Magnum, P.I." have teeth? It had better to go up against Ryan Murphy's "9-1-1," which is already established in the 9 o'clock time slot on Mondays.  

The Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and now Jennifer Love Hewitt-led Fox drama averaged a big 3.0 rating in the core 18-49 demographic when counting a week's worth of delayed viewing. The freshman first-responder series was Fox's highest-rated entertainment show of the season, beating even "Empire."  

In other words, better keep that Ferrari perfectly waxed and buffed, Magnum.  

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"Manifest" (NBC) vs. "Bull" (CBS) vs. "The Good Doctor" (ABC)  

Mondays, 10 p.m.  

 

Apparently, no one told these guys that three is a crowd.  

Let's start with the returning shows: "The Good Doctor" was this season's top new drama, averaging a huge 15.6 million total viewers per episode. "Bull" was literally the next most-watched series on broadcast, hauling in 14.3 million viewers of its own. Though it stands to reason that the ABC medical show's Nielsen numbers will decline in Year 2, "Bull" will be moving away from the huge lead-in "NCIS" currently provides -- so say farewell to some built-in eyeballs.  

So where does "Manifest" fit in here? Well, we'll have to wait and find out. If done right, the Robert Zemeckis missing-airplane drama could add some turbulence to an already competitive hour.  

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"Manifest" (NBC) vs. "Bull" (CBS) vs. "The Good Doctor" (ABC)  

Mondays, 10 p.m.  

 

Apparently, no one told these guys that three is a crowd.  

Let's start with the returning shows: "The Good Doctor" was this season's top new drama, averaging a huge 15.6 million total viewers per episode. "Bull" was literally the next most-watched series on broadcast, hauling in 14.3 million viewers of its own. Though it stands to reason that the ABC medical show's Nielsen numbers will decline in Year 2, "Bull" will be moving away from the huge lead-in "NCIS" currently provides -- so say farewell to some built-in eyeballs.  

So where does "Manifest" fit in here? Well, we'll have to wait and find out. If done right, the Robert Zemeckis missing-airplane drama could add some turbulence to an already competitive hour.  

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"F.B.I." (CBS) vs. "This Is Us" (NBC)  

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.  

Welcome to the lion's den, "F.B.I."  

Super Bowl or no Super Bowl, "This Is Us" is a powerhouse -- and freshman "F.B.I." is moving into Milo Ventimiglia's dorm. Remember how we wished "Bull" lots of luck without "NCIS"? Well, "F.B.I." is the one getting the CBS springboard -- but it had better be a damn good show to have a prayer against the Pearsons.  

Here's the case one could make for "F.B.I." beyond just its lead-in: Dick Wolf knows how to make a procedural. Unfortunately for the big fan of the Windy City, Dan Fogelman knows how to make you cry. Tears beat Miranda Rights every time.  

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"F.B.I." (CBS) vs. "This Is Us" (NBC)  

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.  

Welcome to the lion's den, "F.B.I."  

Super Bowl or no Super Bowl, "This Is Us" is a powerhouse -- and freshman "F.B.I." is moving into Milo Ventimiglia's dorm. Remember how we wished "Bull" lots of luck without "NCIS"? Well, "F.B.I." is the one getting the CBS springboard -- but it had better be a damn good show to have a prayer against the Pearsons.  

Here's the case one could make for "F.B.I." beyond just its lead-in: Dick Wolf knows how to make a procedural. Unfortunately for the big fan of the Windy City, Dan Fogelman knows how to make you cry. Tears beat Miranda Rights every time.  

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"Murphy Brown" (CBS) vs. "Thursday Night Football" (Fox)  

Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.  

"Roseanne" has changed everything -- but we don't think that means Fox Sports should be shaking in its cleats. Football is still going to win this battle, but Fox's fancy new primetime pro pigskin should see a pretty formidable opponent in "Murphy Brown" -- especially over the revival's first few weeks.  

Still, any given Thursday, are we right?  

To look at it another way, for $3.3 billion, Fox had better win every damn Thursday that 106 men put on pads.  

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"Murphy Brown" (CBS) vs. "Thursday Night Football" (Fox)  

Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.  

"Roseanne" has changed everything -- but we don't think that means Fox Sports should be shaking in its cleats. Football is still going to win this battle, but Fox's fancy new primetime pro pigskin should see a pretty formidable opponent in "Murphy Brown" -- especially over the revival's first few weeks.  

Still, any given Thursday, are we right?  

To look at it another way, for $3.3 billion, Fox had better win every damn Thursday that 106 men put on pads.  

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"Last Man Standing" (Fox) vs. "Fresh Off the Boat" (ABC)  

Fridays, 8 p.m.  

This one isn't so much about "Fresh Off the Boat" as it is about Tim Allen vs. ABC.  

The comedian and Michigan Tourism spokesman really let ABC have it for canceling his reliable Friday sitcom a year ago. Now revived by Fox, you'd better believe that the "Home Improvement" alum wants to dominate the Disney-owned broadcast network in his time period. He will, let's just home the comeback is funnier than Allen's set at the Fox upfront.  

Pure victory. (CUT TO: Shot of Lake Michigan)  

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"Last Man Standing" (Fox) vs. "Fresh Off the Boat" (ABC)  

Fridays, 8 p.m.  

This one isn't so much about "Fresh Off the Boat" as it is about Tim Allen vs. ABC.  

The comedian and Michigan Tourism spokesman really let ABC have it for canceling his reliable Friday sitcom a year ago. Now revived by Fox, you'd better believe that the "Home Improvement" alum wants to dominate the Disney-owned broadcast network in his time period. He will, let's just home the comeback is funnier than Allen's set at the Fox upfront.  

Pure victory. (CUT TO: Shot of Lake Michigan)  

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"Roseanne" (ABC) vs. "The Neighborhood" (CBS)  

Tuesdays, 8 p.m.  

At the CBS upfront, entertainment President Kelly Kahl talked about how "The Neighborhood" star Cedric the Entertainer comes complete with a built-in audience -- he'd better.  

"Roseanne" will win running away Tuesdays at 8 o'clock, though CBS comedies not named "9JKL" and "Living Biblically" still tend to draw solid viewership. As awkward as the post-pilot "Neighborhood" recasting in favor of Max Greenfield may be, it's a very good decision and a role he'll kill in.  

That said, "The Neighborhood" is now on its third title, and that's never a good sign. Hey, you probably could've hung with "Splitting Up Together"!  

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"Roseanne" (ABC) vs. "The Neighborhood" (CBS)  

Tuesdays, 8 p.m.  

At the CBS upfront, entertainment President Kelly Kahl talked about how "The Neighborhood" star Cedric the Entertainer comes complete with a built-in audience -- he'd better.  

"Roseanne" will win running away Tuesdays at 8 o'clock, though CBS comedies not named "9JKL" and "Living Biblically" still tend to draw solid viewership. As awkward as the post-pilot "Neighborhood" recasting in favor of Max Greenfield may be, it's a very good decision and a role he'll kill in.  

That said, "The Neighborhood" is now on its third title, and that's never a good sign. Hey, you probably could've hung with "Splitting Up Together"!  

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What Fall TV matchups are you most looking forward to? Or are our readers just happy their favorite show is coming back?  

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What Fall TV matchups are you most looking forward to? Or are our readers just happy their favorite show is coming back?  

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Roseanne Barr Un-Quits Twitter Shortly After Saying She’s Leaving Over ‘Anti-Semitism’ (Updated) https://www.thewrap.com/roseanne-barr-leaving-twitter-anti-semitism-then-unquits/ https://www.thewrap.com/roseanne-barr-leaving-twitter-anti-semitism-then-unquits/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 20:54:27 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1899171 Updated at 1:45 p.m. PT: It seems Roseanne Barr has already un-quit Twitter. That lasted all of an hour or two.

Here is the “Roseanne” star’s tweeted lifting her own self-imposed ban from slightly earlier on Saturday:

Previously:
We can all stop following @therealroseanne on Twitter now: Roseanne Barr says she’s leaving the social media platform over its “anti-Semitism.”

The “Roseanne” star believes that anti-Semitism is not banned on Twitter — and for that reason, she is out.

“I already deleted Facebook five years ago when the anti-Semitism there became toxic,” Barr wrote (among other things) on Saturday. “I am leaving all social media except Instagram.”

Barr won’t actually be deleting her Twitter account, she specified. After all, the comedian says she plans to keep an eye on her DMs (direct messages) to “continue to introduce fighters to other fighters here.”

Here are the ABC sitcom star’s tweets on the matter today:

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Jimmy Kimmel's Best Jokes From ABC Upfront: 'Goodbye to Shondaland … Headfirst Into Roseanne-istan'

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‘Deadpool 2': Blink and You Probably Missed These Cameos in the X-Mansion https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-blink-and-you-probably-missed-these-cameos-in-the-x-mansion/ https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-blink-and-you-probably-missed-these-cameos-in-the-x-mansion/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 20:27:22 +0000 Trey Williams https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1898812 (Note: This post, while very good, contains spoilers for “Deadpool 2.” Read at your own risk.)

Since the failure of the Deadpool character in Fox’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in 2009, the self-aware and self-referential anti-hero has been seemingly relegated to the B team of Fox’s superhero assets.

There’s a running gag from the first film that carries over to “Deadpool 2” that the studio couldn’t — or wouldn’t — spring to include more popular characters from the X-Men universe in the film.

In the first “Deadpool,” while talking to X-Men Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Deadpool says, “It’s funny that I only ever see two of you. It’s almost like the studio couldn’t afford another X-Man.”

In “Deadpool 2,” as is the curse and joy of sequels, the filmmakers double down on the gag and outdid the original reference.

In an early scene after Deadpool has blown himself to bits following the death of his fridged girlfriend played by Morena Baccarin, Colossus takes Deadpool/Wade Wilson to X-Mansion. That is, of course, X-Men home base.

As Wade rides around the mansion in Professor X’s wheelchair — an Easter egg that gets a laugh in and of itself — he makes another reference to the scarcity of significant X-Men characters the studio forked over for “Deadpool 2.”

If you blinked, you might have missed it because it’s in that split-second when he rides by an open door, and in the room is a host of X-Men from the studio’s other movies. It’s a quick glimpse and you may have to squint to catch them all, but at the very least we see Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Beast and Cyclops.

They give a quick exasperated look as Wade rants and complains, and then Beast shuts the door.

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Asia Argento Condemns Harvey Weinstein During Cannes Awards: ‘This Festival Was His Hunting Ground’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/asia-argento-condemns-harvey-weinstein-during-cannes-awards-hunting-ground/ https://www.thewrap.com/asia-argento-condemns-harvey-weinstein-during-cannes-awards-hunting-ground/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 20:09:49 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1899736 Italian actress Asia Argento called out Harvey Weinstein for his “crimes” on Saturday during the Cannes Film Festival’s awards show. She also put other predators in the industry on notice, promising, “We’re not going to allow you to get away with it any longer.”

“I have a few words to tell you. In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes,” Argento began during her presentation of the best actress award. “I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground.”

“I want to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here ever again,” she said while flanked by fellow presenter Ava DuVernay. “He will live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes.”

“And even tonight, sitting among you, there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women,” Argento continued. “For behavior that does not belong in this industry, does not belong in any industry or workplace. You know who you are. But most importantly, we know who you are, and we’re not going to allow you to get away with it any longer.”

Argento came forward with her accusations against Weinstein as part of the 2017 Ronan Farrow New Yorker piece that ultimately took the disgraced movie mogul down.

Watch Argento’s impassioned speech from Cannes below.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Director David Leitch on Overcoming Sequelitis, Franchise’s Future https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-director-david-leitch-sequelitis-future/ https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-director-david-leitch-sequelitis-future/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 20:00:43 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1897511 David Leitch admitted he was reluctant to step into the director’s chair for “Deadpool 2” after Tim Miller’s 2016 original became a global phenomenon.

“I never really thought I would want to do a sequel because I like to create worlds,” he told TheWrap, noting that Ryan Reynolds’ R-rated superhero film breaking various records and capturing the hearts of fans all over the world.

But the star himself persuaded the “Atomic Blonde” director to come on board. “Ryan told me it would be most fun film to work on. That was a lie,” Leitch said, before he started laughing. “Just kidding — it was great!”

While Reynolds previously teased “Deadpool 2” might be the end of the franchise, Leitch hopes the team will come up with something “unconventional” for any follow-up films.

“Deadpool,” starring Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin and T.J. Miller, hit theaters on Friday.

Read TheWrap’s Q&A with Leitch below.

Did you feel any pressure with this film, given the trend of “sequelitis” and the fact that the first one did so much for so many people?
Yeah, I mean the first one was a global phenomenon. I was a huge fan, I respect the film so much and the world that Tim [Miller] and Ryan [Reynolds] re-created, and it was daunting to be approached.

I never really thought I would want to do a sequel because I like to create worlds. I like to have my own voice. The thing about this “Deadpool” world, it’s so fast and creative, you can go anywhere, and with this, I believed I could have my imprint as a filmmaker and include the DNA of the film at the same time.”

What did you do to amp up the second film to make it different from the first?
Everybody tried to take it to the next level. The script was great, we wanted to amp up the pop culture references, Deadpool’s character development, expand the world. Adding these X-Force characters in the film allowed us to expand the universe and set pieces to open in the summer landscape. It was, on all fronts, us just thinking, “Let’s make the movie breathe and be bigger.”

Are there any scenes you cut from the script or in the editing room you wish you’d kept?
During the process of editorial, it’s always those “tortured artists” moments. You’re like, man, you know how hard it was to get that scene. You imagine all the logistics to make that happen. But the movie ends up speaking to you and becomes what it’s supposed to be. You sometimes just have to let things go.

There are things I love that didn’t make it in the film — maybe they’ll be on Blu-ray or the extended version. This was what the movie was supposed to be. We trimmed and tightened, some scenes get dropped, but it gave us the opportunity to polish out character arcs.

Ryan Reynolds recently said he doesn’t know if there will be a third “Deadpool.” What are your thoughts and what would you do if you had the opportunity to direct it?
Well, I always say… I would love to be involved and I hope I am and I hope Ryan makes “Deadpool” movies until he’s not happy making them anymore. The thing that’s cool about “Deadpool” is, it can go anywhere. I would hope they make the unconventional choice and surprise the audience and do something out of the norm with “Deadpool.” Like the Celine Dion video but a 90-minute version. No, just kidding. Just something we’re not expecting.

You are working on next year’s “Fast & Furious” spinoff  “Hobbs and Shaw,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Do you feel like it’s going to be an extension of the “Fast” universe or it’s own entire entity?
It’s more of its own entity than an extension. We have to be respectful to the canon of “Fast” and what we’ve learned about these guys. The plan with [writer] Chris Morgan and the creators and Dwayne and Jason is to bring in the “Fast” fans and have them enjoy the relationship but give them a lot more characters to connect with. It will circle around the same focus of family that’s all “Fast” DNA. We are in prep and it’s approaching fast. No rest!

Dwayne Johnson said it was always the idea to take Hobbs and go in another direction. Do you feel there is enough material there to make an entire franchise just focused on him or those two characters?
Definitely. Again — we’re starting something new. It lives in this “Fast” universe, with these characters having interesting lives and sort of families and we’re going to meet great characters and build out the universe.

I think it’s great. The chemistry between Dwayne and Jason was something I responded to in the films, and when presented with this opportunity, I thought it’d be fun.

We have been scouting different locations, and Sunday we leave to find some more and then I think it’s happening. Dwayne has already said we start shooting in September. He is a machine — his work ethic is off the charts. It comes from pure passion.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Is Right: That ‘Frozen’ Song Does Sound Like ‘Yentl’ https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-frozen-song-sound-like-yentl/ https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-frozen-song-sound-like-yentl/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 19:46:22 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1899666 (Note: This post contains some light spoilers for “Deadpool 2.”)

“Deadpool 2” definitely knows its audience. That’s why it rattles off jokes about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC movie universe with abandon — it knows the folks who like superhero movies will be able to follow along. But one of the weirder pop culture jokes in the movie is the one about two more unlikely references: Barbra Streisand’s “Yentl,” and Disney’s “Frozen.”

The joke runs throughout the movie, starting in the scene in which Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) and Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) celebrate their anniversary. The couple decides to start a family. “Let’s put on some porn and you can pump a baby into me,” Vanessa says, and the pair presumably head to another room to get it on.

Cut to Wade and Vanessa watching a movie, but not the one you might expect: It’s “Yentl,” the 1983 musical starring Streisand, in which she pretends to be a man so she can enroll in a Jewish religious school. Whether the couple is watching Streisand after their baby-making session or they have a non-standard definition of porn is up to the audience.

The use of “Yentl” is funny on its own, but it goes a lot further as it becomes a running gag. The movie pops up again later, after Wade goes through some tough emotional moments. As he wallows in sadness, wishing he was dead, he also ponders some of the mysteries of the universe — specifically, whether he’s the only one who thinks the song “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” from “Yentl” sounds like “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from the 2013 animated movie “Frozen.” He makes the observation a couple of times, always when the emotional chips are down.

You can compare the two songs below for yourself.

Unlike “Yentl,” “Deadpool 2” doesn’t include a direct reference to “Frozen” on-screen, so one might wonder why Wade might be thinking about a children’s movie (apart from the fact that knowing everything about pop culture could be considered one of his superpowers).

The answer is that “Frozen” isn’t on Wade’s mind, but on Reynolds’. As USA Today reports, Reynolds and wife and actress Blake Lively have two young daughters, James and Ines. It’s become something of a truism in America that all small children are obsessed with “Frozen,” and it seems that’s true for Reynolds’ kids, too.

The “Yentl” joke is just a long road to give Reynolds a chance to make a dadly observation about the two songs — and maybe kick off a copyright battle between Streisand and Disney.

What’s less clear is where the inspiration came from for the joke that “Yentl” might be Deadpool’s porn. That one is left to fans’ imaginations, apparently.

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Is the Cannes Film Festival in Decline? Not to the French https://www.thewrap.com/is-cannes-film-festival-in-decline-not-to-the-french/ https://www.thewrap.com/is-cannes-film-festival-in-decline-not-to-the-french/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 19:31:50 +0000 Ben Croll https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1899667 Long before the red carpet was unrolled or a single film had screened, many in the press circled in on a narrative: The Cannes Film Festival, it was decided, was a festival in decline.

And the vast majority of those pieces had another thing in common: They were written outside of France. The disparity between views has never been clearer than it has this year.

While many in the international press groused about a festival in decline, their French counterparts once again seized upon the Riviera, covering Cannes with the same intensity of interest and breathless focus as others covered the Royal Wedding (if not more — Harry and Megs are over and done in a day, while this party lasted 12 days).

While many in the press — TheWrap included, admittedly — longed for sizzle, there was the cast of “Sink or Swim” flashing their pearly whites up and down the Croisette.

Broadly appealing, chalk full of stars and likely to make a splash at the French box office, the film was exactly the kind of attention-grabbing title many in the press wished had an American counterpart at this year’s festival.

The middle-aged dramedy about a bunch of sad sacks who form a synchronized swim team has a real murderer’s row of bankable local talent, including arthouse leading man Mathieu Amalric (“Ismael’s Ghosts,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), comic star Virginie Efira (“Elle”) and heartthrob Guillaume Canet (who, alongside wife Marion Cotillard, makes up the country’s biggest celebrity couple)… and you’d better believe that all of them showed up.

Though the amiable crowd-pleaser won no points for originality, it offered the festival something of even greater importance: a dazzling red carpet, well-documented in the local press. While it offered critics little to chew on, it gave the French marketers the chance to plaster the Cannes logo upon the film’s poster, reinforcing the festival’s local prestige.

Don’t you forget: This festival is very much a product of its native country. The French government actually created it back in the 1940s, and it remains by far the largest cultural event in a land that defines itself by culture — and devotes a substantial part of its GDP to such pursuits.

Cannes occupies an almost mythic place in the French imagination, in turn receiving private and public subsidies commensurate to that heft. Despite what gets reported back, that is its primary identity.

So many of this year’s major trends stem from that. Those who remember last year’s go-round can attest that festival heads Thierry Fremaux and Pierre Lescure made Netflix feel very welcome in town. The impasse that led to this year’s blackout was not because the two honchos suddenly changed their minds. No, their hands were more or less tied by the country’s powerful exhibitor and distributor interests, many of whom sit on the festival’s board of directors.

Of course, Cannes has a powerful hand in shaping the film year — and years — to come. Think of it as the arthouse heavyweight championship, where promising new voices come to emerge as brand-name auteurs, and brand-name auteurs return to retain their title.

Some might not have heard of Nadine Labaki’s “Capharnaum” before its Thursday premiere, but heaven knows we’ll all get plenty of opportunities to misspell that title once the awards race gets into full swing. Spike Lee’s “BlackKklansman” was the most open of questions only one short week ago. Now it has ironclad critical support and a Cannes Grand Prize to its name. No account of the 2018 film year will be complete without it.

And Lee’s Grand Prize arrives, in a sense, at the expense of his “She’s Gotta Have It” partners at Netflix. Because if the festival wants to continue shaping the film year, it also has to let itself be shaped by larger local forces. Like letting French bigwigs call some shots. Like, say, programming “Sink or Swim,” and letting its glow of prestige shine down upon a film that will no doubt make exhibitors happy once it hits wide-release at the end of the year.

And hey, the film isn’t half bad! It has a fun hook and likeable stars. It’s the kind of project you can absolutely see the studios remaking in a couple years’ time.

But unless something changes soon, don’t expect to see the remake in Cannes.

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Netflix Lands Cannes Award Winners ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ and ‘Girl’ https://www.thewrap.com/happy-lazzaro-girl-cannes-netflix/ https://www.thewrap.com/happy-lazzaro-girl-cannes-netflix/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 19:13:53 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1899702 Netflix has acquired Cannes Film Festival award winners “Happy as Lazzaro” and “Girl.”

Just ahead of Cannes, the streaming service had closed a $30 million worldwide deal for the animated film “Next Gen.”

Below are the official descriptions and all of the relevant details for Netflix’s newest acquisitions and the latest Cannes sales.

“Happy as Lazzaro” (pictured above)

  • Alice Rohrwacher was awarded Best Screenplay for “Happy as Lazzaro” (in a tie with Nader Saeivar for ‘3 Faces”)

  • Synopsis: This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed  by his imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible ­Marchesa­ Alfonsina de Luna, the queen of cigarettes. A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. This strange and improbable alliance is a revelation for Lazzaro. A friendship so precious that it will travel in time and transport Lazzaro in search of Tancredi. His first time in the big city, Lazzaro is like a fragment of the past lost in the modern world.

  • Writer & Director: Alice Rohrwacher

  • Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Luca Chikovani, Alba Rohrwacher, Agnese Graziani, Tommaso Ragno, Sergi Lopez, Natalino Balasso, Gala Othero Winter, David Bennent, Nicoletta Braschi

  • Producer: Carlo Cresto-Dina

  • Co-producers: Tiziana Soudani, Alexandra Henochsberg, Grégory Gajos, Arthur Hallereau, Pierre-François Piet, Michel Merkt, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen

  • Production Companies: A Tempesta production with Rai Cinema in co-production with Amka Films Prods., Ad Vitam Production, KNM, Pola Pandora, RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera, ARTE France Cinéma, ZDF/ARTE

  • International Sales: The Match Factory

“Girl”

  • The Camera d’Or, for best first film, was awarded to “Girl”

  • Vincent Polster won the Best Actor Prize for Un Certain Regard for his performance in “Girl”

  • Lukas Dhont’s Un Certain Regard entry “Girl” was awarded this year’s Queer Palm award. (The Queer Palm launched in 2010 and selects its winner from all LGBTQ-themed films across the official selection of the Cannes film festival, Un Certain Regard, Directors’ Fortnight, Critics’ Week and the unofficial ACID section.)

  • Synopsis: Determined 15-year-old Lara is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father, she throws herself into this quest for the absolute at a new school. Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she realizes her body does not bend so easily to the strict discipline because she was born a boy.

  • Director: Lukas Dhont

  • Cast: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts, Katelijne Damen, Valentijn Dhaenens, Magali Elali, Alice de Broqueville

  • Screenwriters: Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens

  • Producer: Dirk Impens

  • Production companies: Menuet, Frakas Productions, Topkapi Films

  • International Sales: The Match Factory

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French Director Luc Besson Denies Accusation He Drugged and Raped Actress https://www.thewrap.com/luc-besson-accused-drugging-raping-actress-denies/ https://www.thewrap.com/luc-besson-accused-drugging-raping-actress-denies/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 18:22:05 +0000 Rosemary Rossi https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1899624 “The Fifth Element” director Luc Besson has been accused of drugging and raping a young actress in a Paris hotel, according to multiple media reports.

As first reported by Europe 1, the unidentified woman, who has worked with Besson on two movies, filed a complaint with authorities Friday morning, accusing him of drugging her tea and then sexually abusing her while she was unconscious.

According to the French broadcast station, the woman said she awoke with memories of touching and penetration, adding that Besson left the hotel room before she did, and he left behind a wad of cash.

Reps for Besson did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment, but an attorney for the director told Europe 1 “Besson fell off his chair upon hearing of the complaint’s existence.” He does acknowledge knowing the actress, but denied drugging or raping her.

Besson’s films include “Lucy” with Scarlett Johansson, the “Taken” trilogy with Liam Neeson, and “I Love You Phillip Morris” with Jim Carrey.

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Tina Fey’s 11 Best Characters From ‘SNL’ and Beyond, Ranked From Funny to Liz Lemon (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/tina-feys-11-best-characters-ranked/ https://www.thewrap.com/tina-feys-11-best-characters-ranked/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 18:00:13 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1895252 “SNL” alumna Tina Fey has come a long way since her days on the sketch comedy show. Since her turn as an anchor of Weekend Update and head writer of the show, she’s gone on to star in movies and create one of the best comedy TV shows ever in “30 Rock.” In honor of Fey’s return to “SNL” to host the Season 43 finale this week, here are 11 of Tina Fey’s best characters, ranked from the least hilarious to the most: Liz Lemon of “30 Rock.”

11. Queef Latina — “SNL”

When Fey returned to “SNL” as host in 2013, she used her monologue to remind fans of her least-remembered recurring characters. They were, of course, all made-up characters that had never existed, but even the promo materials for some of them were amazing. Fey and “SNL” suggested the movie spin-off for her fake character “Queef Latina,” dubbed “Queef Latina Ruins Christmas,” and honestly that sounds so amazing and horrific that it really should exist. You can watch the monologue here.

10. The Lady with No Theme Song — “SNL”

Another of Fey’s made-up recurring characters from her 2013 turn as “SNL” host, this one had a whole theme song about not having a theme song. It then takes a hard left turn with the final line, “And she’s a vampire.” Forcing The Lady with No Theme Song to actually be a sketch that makes some semblance of sense sounds like it’d be hilarious. Watch the monologue here.

9. The Bush Twins — “SNL”

There’s a reason Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have teamed up a number of times, both on “SNL” and in movies: They’re hilarious together. That theory was born out as the pair played the twin daughters of President George W. Bush, Jenna and Barbara, conversing about their father’s presidency in their secret “twin language.” Check out the sketch here.

8. Mrs. Norbury — “Mean Girls”

Tina Fey’s insightful high school teacher in “Mean Girls,” the movie she wrote, is instrumental in helping the girls of North Shore High stop being so horrible to each other. She also manages to sneak in some pretty funny lines during her limited time on screen. Mrs. Norbury is the kind of teacher you wish you had in high school. Here’s a clip of her trying to help Lindsay Lohan’s character Cady excel.

7. Claire Foster — “Date Night”

Fey pairing with Steve Carell makes for a solid comedy duo, and the two make “Date Night” work by selling how extremely relatable they are as their night becomes increasingly more insane and dangerous. Fay’s Claire is a mom you’ve definitely met before, but much, much funnier.

6. Wendy Altman — “This is Where I Leave You”

Fey has most of the best lines in “This is Where I Leave You,” a comedy-drama about a family who loses their father. Wendy is constantly needling her brothers in the film with some great one-liners, but her real best moment is when she gets a chance to punch out Dax Shepard. Watch that scene here.

5. Marcia (Clark) — “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Before Sarah Paulson played O.J. Simpson trial prosecutor Marcia Clark, and helped totally redefine America’s cultural understanding of the woman, Fey created a ludicrously bad at her job version of Marcia for “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” While not in line with the real Clark, Fey’s mega-inept prosecutor lets her go a little comedically crazy, committing to being as over-the-top as possible.

4. Weekend Update Tina Fey — “SNL”

Though she didn’t have a lot of recurring characters on “SNL,” Fey appeared every week for years as an anchor on the satirical news segment of the show, Weekend Update. The segment gave her a great opportunity to rattle off quick jokes, one of her talents. Check out her turn as special “Women’s News” correspondent on Weekend Update.

3. Dr. Andrea Bayden — “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Fey returned to “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” to play Kimmy’s therapist, Andrea. It was actually an opportunity to play two characters: Andrea during the day, the responsible therapist, and Andrea at night, the blackout drunk. The dichotomy between the two is always funny, particularly when night Andrea messes up day Andrea’s life somehow — it’s as if they’re two people, because neither remembers anything the other does. You can see both Andrea’s in this clip.

2. Sarah Palin — “SNL”

Fey’s most memorable “SNL” character was her impression of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin during her run for vice president in 2008. Fey managed to skewer just about everything Palin said during the presidential race between John McCain and Barack Obama, and even brought the character back during the 2016 election when she endorsed Donald Trump. Check out that clip here.

1. Liz Lemon — “30 Rock”

Fey’s over-the-top version of herself as lead writer of a sketch comedy show was incredibly funny and incredibly relatable. Liz Lemon tried to have a career, a family and a social life, but she was also hopelessly nerdy and addicted to Mexican cheese curls. Fey brought all kinds of nuance to Lemon over the years on “30 Rock,” making Liz her greatest, most hilarious character ever. Here’s Liz singing her night cheese song and showing up to her own wedding dressed as Princess Leia.

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https://www.thewrap.com/tina-feys-11-best-characters-ranked/feed/ 0 "SNL" alumna Tina Fey has come a long way since her days on the sketch comedy show. Since her turn as an anchor of Weekend Update and head writer of the show, she's gone on to star in movies and create one of the best comedy TV shows ever in "30 Rock." In honor of Fey's return to "SNL" to host the Season 43 finale this week, here are 11 of Tina Fey's best characters, ranked from the least hilarious to the most: Liz Lemon of "30 Rock."

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"SNL" alumna Tina Fey has come a long way since her days on the sketch comedy show. Since her turn as an anchor of Weekend Update and head writer of the show, she's gone on to star in movies and create one of the best comedy TV shows ever in "30 Rock." In honor of Fey's return to "SNL" to host the Season 43 finale this week, here are 11 of Tina Fey's best characters, ranked from the least hilarious to the most: Liz Lemon of "30 Rock."

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11. Queef Latina — “SNL”

When Fey returned to "SNL" as host in 2013, she used her monologue to remind fans of her least-remembered recurring characters. They were, of course, all made-up characters that had never existed, but even the promo materials for some of them were amazing. Fey and "SNL" suggested the movie spin-off for her fake character "Queef Latina," dubbed "Queef Latina Ruins Christmas," and honestly that sounds so amazing and horrific that it really should exist. You can watch the monologue here.

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11. Queef Latina — “SNL”

When Fey returned to "SNL" as host in 2013, she used her monologue to remind fans of her least-remembered recurring characters. They were, of course, all made-up characters that had never existed, but even the promo materials for some of them were amazing. Fey and "SNL" suggested the movie spin-off for her fake character "Queef Latina," dubbed "Queef Latina Ruins Christmas," and honestly that sounds so amazing and horrific that it really should exist. You can watch the monologue here.

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10. The Lady with No Theme Song — "SNL"

Another of Fey's made-up recurring characters from her 2013 turn as "SNL" host, this one had a whole theme song about not having a theme song. It then takes a hard left turn with the final line, "And she's a vampire." Forcing The Lady with No Theme Song to actually be a sketch that makes some semblance of sense sounds like it'd be hilarious. Watch the monologue here.

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10. The Lady with No Theme Song — "SNL"

Another of Fey's made-up recurring characters from her 2013 turn as "SNL" host, this one had a whole theme song about not having a theme song. It then takes a hard left turn with the final line, "And she's a vampire." Forcing The Lady with No Theme Song to actually be a sketch that makes some semblance of sense sounds like it'd be hilarious. Watch the monologue here.

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9. The Bush Twins — “SNL”

There's a reason Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have teamed up a number of times, both on "SNL" and in movies: They're hilarious together. That theory was born out as the pair played the twin daughters of President George W. Bush, Jenna and Barbara, conversing about their father's presidency in their secret "twin language." Check out the sketch here.

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9. The Bush Twins — “SNL”

There's a reason Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have teamed up a number of times, both on "SNL" and in movies: They're hilarious together. That theory was born out as the pair played the twin daughters of President George W. Bush, Jenna and Barbara, conversing about their father's presidency in their secret "twin language." Check out the sketch here.

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8. Mrs. Norbury -- "Mean Girls"

Tina Fey's insightful high school teacher in "Mean Girls," the movie she wrote, is instrumental in helping the girls of North Shore High stop being so horrible to each other. She also manages to sneak in some pretty funny lines during her limited time on screen. Mrs. Norbury is the kind of teacher you wish you had in high school. Here's a clip of her trying to help Lindsay Lohan's character Cady excel.

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8. Mrs. Norbury -- "Mean Girls"

Tina Fey's insightful high school teacher in "Mean Girls," the movie she wrote, is instrumental in helping the girls of North Shore High stop being so horrible to each other. She also manages to sneak in some pretty funny lines during her limited time on screen. Mrs. Norbury is the kind of teacher you wish you had in high school. Here's a clip of her trying to help Lindsay Lohan's character Cady excel.

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7. Claire Foster — “Date Night”

Fey pairing with Steve Carell makes for a solid comedy duo, and the two make "Date Night" work by selling how extremely relatable they are as their night becomes increasingly more insane and dangerous. Fey's Claire is a mom you've definitely met before, but much, much funnier.

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7. Claire Foster — “Date Night”

Fey pairing with Steve Carell makes for a solid comedy duo, and the two make "Date Night" work by selling how extremely relatable they are as their night becomes increasingly more insane and dangerous. Fey's Claire is a mom you've definitely met before, but much, much funnier.

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6. Wendy Altman — “This Is Where I Leave You”

Fey has most of the best lines in "This Is Where I Leave You," a comedy-drama about a family who loses their father. Wendy is constantly needling her brothers in the film with some great one-liners, but her real best moment is when she gets a chance to punch out Dax Shepard. Watch that scene here.

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6. Wendy Altman — “This Is Where I Leave You”

Fey has most of the best lines in "This Is Where I Leave You," a comedy-drama about a family who loses their father. Wendy is constantly needling her brothers in the film with some great one-liners, but her real best moment is when she gets a chance to punch out Dax Shepard. Watch that scene here.

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5. Marcia (Clark) — “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Before Sarah Paulson played O.J. Simpson trial prosecutor Marcia Clark, and helped totally redefine America's cultural understanding of the woman, Fey created a ludicrously bad-at-her-job version of Marcia for "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." While not in line with the real Clark, Fey's mega-inept prosecutor lets her go a little comedically crazy, committing to being as over-the-top as possible. 

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5. Marcia (Clark) — “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Before Sarah Paulson played O.J. Simpson trial prosecutor Marcia Clark, and helped totally redefine America's cultural understanding of the woman, Fey created a ludicrously bad-at-her-job version of Marcia for "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." While not in line with the real Clark, Fey's mega-inept prosecutor lets her go a little comedically crazy, committing to being as over-the-top as possible. 

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4. Weekend Update Tina Fey — “SNL”

Though she didn't have a lot of recurring characters on "SNL," Fey appeared every week for years as an anchor on the satirical news segment of the show, Weekend Update. The segment gave her a great opportunity to rattle off quick jokes, one of her talents. Check out her turn as special "Women's News" correspondent on Weekend Update.

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4. Weekend Update Tina Fey — “SNL”

Though she didn't have a lot of recurring characters on "SNL," Fey appeared every week for years as an anchor on the satirical news segment of the show, Weekend Update. The segment gave her a great opportunity to rattle off quick jokes, one of her talents. Check out her turn as special "Women's News" correspondent on Weekend Update.

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3. Dr. Andrea Bayden — “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Fey returned to "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to play Kimmy's therapist, Andrea. It was actually an opportunity to play two characters: Andrea during the day, the responsible therapist, and Andrea at night, the blackout drunk. The dichotomy between the two is always funny, particularly when night Andrea messes up day Andrea's life somehow -- it's as if they're two people, because neither remembers anything the other does. You can see both Andrea's in this clip.

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3. Dr. Andrea Bayden — “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Fey returned to "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to play Kimmy's therapist, Andrea. It was actually an opportunity to play two characters: Andrea during the day, the responsible therapist, and Andrea at night, the blackout drunk. The dichotomy between the two is always funny, particularly when night Andrea messes up day Andrea's life somehow -- it's as if they're two people, because neither remembers anything the other does. You can see both Andrea's in this clip.

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2. Sarah Palin — “SNL”

Fey's most memorable "SNL" character was her impression of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin during her run for vice president in 2008. Fey managed to skewer just about everything Palin said during the presidential race between John McCain and Barack Obama, and even brought the character back during the 2016 election when she endorsed Donald Trump. Check out that clip here.

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2. Sarah Palin — “SNL”

Fey's most memorable "SNL" character was her impression of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin during her run for vice president in 2008. Fey managed to skewer just about everything Palin said during the presidential race between John McCain and Barack Obama, and even brought the character back during the 2016 election when she endorsed Donald Trump. Check out that clip here.

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1. Liz Lemon — “30 Rock”

Fey's over-the-top version of herself as lead writer of a sketch comedy show was incredibly funny and incredibly relatable. Liz Lemon tried to have a career, a family and a social life, but she was also hopelessly nerdy and addicted to Mexican cheese curls. Fey brought all kinds of nuance to Lemon over the years on "30 Rock," making Liz her greatest, most hilarious character ever. Here's Liz singing her night cheese song, here's Liz trying to do promos for her show "Dealbreakers," and here's Liz showing up to her own wedding dressed as Princess Leia.

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1. Liz Lemon — “30 Rock”

Fey's over-the-top version of herself as lead writer of a sketch comedy show was incredibly funny and incredibly relatable. Liz Lemon tried to have a career, a family and a social life, but she was also hopelessly nerdy and addicted to Mexican cheese curls. Fey brought all kinds of nuance to Lemon over the years on "30 Rock," making Liz her greatest, most hilarious character ever. Here's Liz singing her night cheese song, here's Liz trying to do promos for her show "Dealbreakers," and here's Liz showing up to her own wedding dressed as Princess Leia.

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Speaking of "SNL," check out our list of the 20 very best sketches of Season 43, ranked.

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Speaking of "SNL," check out our list of the 20 very best sketches of Season 43, ranked.

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And here's every single sketch featuring Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, ranked from least to most retweetable.

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And here's every single sketch featuring Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, ranked from least to most retweetable.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Star Ryan Reynolds Shares His Oscar Speech One Day After Movie Opens https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-ryan-reynolds-oscars-speech-thank-you/ https://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-2-ryan-reynolds-oscars-speech-thank-you/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 17:41:03 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1899560 Ryan Reynolds already has his Oscars speech prepared for that inevitable “Deadpool 2” Best Picture win. Or perhaps it’s for Best Actor. Either way.

Among those the all-red Marvel superhero would like to thank are the fans, the fans, and “especially the fans.” Throw in the other requisites like “the cast” and “crew” and we’re off to a good start.

The posted GIF also expresses gratitude to the families of those involved on the Twentieth Century Fox film, which we thought was a nice touch.

And then the whole thing gets very Deadpool-y.

The Merc with a Mouth goes on to thank the crew’s pets and “their communicable diseases.” He then shouts out Jimmy Changa, which the Urban Dictionary defines as “a penis that is so unappealing that you wake up the next morning feeling like you shouldn’t have taken that wiener. Much like the after feelings of eating a chimichanga.”

Plus, there are the Teletubbies, Seabiscuit the movie horse, Ron Weasley from “Harry Potter” and even the insect that bit Spider-Man. We’ll let readers discover some of the other ones on their own.

The lone person he seemingly won’t thank? Ryan Reynolds. OK, so this is technically Deadpool’s speech — that masked rapscallion.

Here’s his note celebrating a record box office open:

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Bill Maher: Congress ‘Wouldn’t Turn on Trump If They Found Out He Was Using the Eternal Flame to Light Farts’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/bill-maher-congress-trump-eternal-flame-light-farts/ https://www.thewrap.com/bill-maher-congress-trump-eternal-flame-light-farts/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 17:21:50 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1899167

Bill Maher torched President Donald Trump, the GOP, and really all of Congress last night with Friday’s final “New Rule.” Come to think of it, he kind of lit into every American — especially those of us in the media.

“Real Time’s” latest “New Rule” is the following: “Of all the fairy tales we’ve told ourselves here in America, the one we most need to get rid of now is, ‘In America, no one is above the law.'”

“When you don’t have to follow the orders of law enforcement, as Trump clearly doesn’t, you are above the law,” Maher explained away the lazy phrase.

After all, Trump’s virtually nonexistent participation record in all these ongoing investigations seems to indicate that this president doesn’t have to do what he’s told — even if the Constitution’s checks and balances say otherwise.

Maher points out that even in an impeachment scenario, a dozen politicians from the right side of the aisle would have to vote Trump out of office — something, the comedian says, is “not gonna happen.”

“We’re on the honor system and Republicans are fresh out of honor,” the HBO host fired.

Maher then called Congress a bunch of “shameless partisan enablers who wouldn’t turn on Trump if they found out he was using the eternal flame to light farts.”

Sorry for the visual, JFK.

Watch the video above.

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‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or at 2018 Cannes Film Festival https://www.thewrap.com/cannes-film-festival-winners-2018-shoplifters/ https://www.thewrap.com/cannes-film-festival-winners-2018-shoplifters/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 17:18:18 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1898829 Hirozazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” has won the Palme d’Or as the best film at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The film was the seventh by the Japanese director to screen in Cannes, and the first to win the festival’s top prize. The story of a close-knit family who live on the edge of homelessness and resort to petty crime to stay alive, the film won near-unanimous raves since it debuted midway through the festival.

In his review at TheWrap, Ben Croll called the film “his richest film to date” and added, “Not only does ‘Shoplifters’ skillfully entwine several disparate threads he’s explored over his prolific career, it does so with the understated confidence and patient elegance of an artist who has fully matured.”

Magnolia Pictures acquired U.S. distribution during the festival.

Spike Lee took the runner-up award, the Grand Prize, for his explosive and barbed film about a black policeman who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, “BlacKkKlansman.”

Nadine Labaki won the Jury Prize, essentially third place, for “Capharnaum,” a tale of a young boy who sues his parents for bringing him into a hard world.

French cinema legend Jean-Luc Godard won a special Palme d’Or for “Image Book,” his experimental essay in sound and image. The first such award in Cannes history, it was given, said jury president Cate Blanchett, for the 87-year-old director’s “continually striving to define and redefine what cinema can be.”

Pawel Pawlikowski won the best director award for “Cold War,” his decade-spanning drama about a troubled romance set in the aftermath of World War II.

Samal Yeslyamova was named best actress award for her performance in the Russian film “Ayka” as a new mother struggling to support herself and her baby, while Marcello Fonte was named best actor his performance as a mild-mannered dog groomer swept up in violence in “Dogman.”

The screenplay award was a tie between Alice Rohrwacher for “Happy as Lazzaro” and Jafar Panahi and Nader Saeivar for “Three Faces.”

“Girl,” a drama about a transgender teen directed by Belgian Lukas Dhont, won the Camera d’Or, which is given to the best debut film from any section of the festival.

The film that was the clear favorite of critics at the festival, Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” did not win anything. That marks the second time in three years that a Cannes jury headed by an Australian opted not to award a film that had set a new record for the highest score in the history of ScreenDaily’s Cannes critics’ poll.

In 2016, “Toni Erdmann” set a record in that poll but was ignored by the jury headed by Australian director George Miller.

Blanchett served as president of the jury, which also included actors Chang Chen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, directors Ava DuVernay, Robert Guediguian, Denis Villeneuve and Andrey Zvyagintsev and singer-songwriter Khadja Nin.

The 21 films in the main competition also included David Robert Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake,” Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” Christophe Honore’s “Sorry Angel,” Jia Zhang-Ke’s “Ash Is Purest White” and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “The Wild Pear Tree.”

Three were directed by women: Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun,” Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Felice” and Nadine Labaki’s “Capharnaum.”

In the 71-year history of Cannes, only one woman, Jane Campion, has won the Palme d’Or — and she did so in 1993 for a film, “The Piano,” that tied with Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine” for the award.

In addition, Agnès Varda was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or in 2015, while actresses Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos were singled out in 2013 when “Blue Is the Warmest Color” won the Palme, though director Abdellatif Kechiche was the official winner of that award.

Going into Saturday’s ceremony, Rohrwacher and particularly Labaki were considered strong contenders to become the second woman to win the award.

The winners:

Palme d’Or: “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda
Grand Prize: BlacKkKlansman,” Spike L”ee
Jury Prize: “Capharnaum,” Nadine Labaki
Special Palme d’Or: Jean-Luc Godard, “Image Book”
Best Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Best Actor: Marcello Fonte, “Dogman”
Best Actress: Samal Yeslyamova, “Ayka”
Best Screenplay: (tie) “Happy as Felice,” Alice Rohrwacher and “Three Faces,” Jafar Panahi and Nader Saeivar
Camera d’Or (best first feature): “Girl,” Lukas Dhont
Best Short Film: “All These Creatures,” Charles Williams
Short Film Special Mention: “On the Border,” Wei Shujun

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That Time Aleister Crowley Tried to Summon a Demon With ‘Sex Magick’ (Podcast) https://www.thewrap.com/aleister-crowley-sex-magick-call-me-by-your-name-with-demons-timothee-chalamet/ https://www.thewrap.com/aleister-crowley-sex-magick-call-me-by-your-name-with-demons-timothee-chalamet/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 17:00:02 +0000 Tim Molloy and Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1898731 Aleister Crowley, an occultist, poet, and self-appointed magician, was known a century ago as “the wickedest man in the world.” But he did at least one good thing: Contributed to the sexual awakening of poet Victor Benjamin Neuburg.

Each week on “Shoot This Now,” we talk about stories that should be made into movies, and we think Crowley’s relationship with the younger Neuburg could be a kind of “Call Me by Your Name” with demons. You can listen on Apple or here:

Actually, there weren’t any demons. But not for lack of trying: Crowley enlisted Neuburg in a “sex magick” ritual designed to bring a demon into the world. You can learn more about it from Dan Cummins’ excellent “Timesuck” podcast, where we first learned about Crowley and Neuburg’s relationship.

In our discussion of the relationship, we posit that perhaps Crowley and Neuburg (who we think should be played by Timothée Chalamet) were only using the “sex magick” as an excuse to do what they really wanted to do: have sex. Both were coming out of the repressive Victorian era, where practicing magic was apparently more acceptable than a same-sex relationship.

Crowley’s reputation as a terrible person is well-founded, for reasons we get into in the podcast. But in our fictionalized film version of this story, we imagine that Neuburg’s character might end up OK.

We also explain why we see many parallels between his character and Chalamet’s in “Call Me by Your Name.”

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Critics’ Groups Give Top Cannes Awards to Korean Drama ‘Burning’ https://www.thewrap.com/critics-groups-give-top-cannes-awards-korean-drama-burning/ https://www.thewrap.com/critics-groups-give-top-cannes-awards-korean-drama-burning/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 16:15:48 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1899162 Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” has been named the best film of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival by two critics’ groups, the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and the International Cinephile Society.

The Korean director’s leisurely paced love-triangle drama has topped all critics’ polls at the festival. “Always shifting gears the moment you think you’ve figured it out, Lee Chang-dong’s slow burn tale of alienation and obsession is something like an art-house equivalent of fine wine,” wrote Ben Croll in TheWrap.

The awards came as sharp-eyed Cannes-watchers on Twitter, noting which filmmakers had returned to the town for Saturday’s awards ceremony, buzzed about rumors that “Burning” might be completely overlooked by the Cannes jury headed by Cate Blanchett.

The FIPRESCI awards, which were chosen by a nine-person jury of critics from seven different countries, went to “Burning” in the main competition, with the jury citation calling it “a visually stunning film and an emotionally complex comment on contemporary society”; and Lukas Dhont’s “Girl” in the Un Certain Regard section, which the jury lauded for “its bold integrity in tackling gender issues and displaying incredible poise.”

For a first or second film from the independent Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week sections, the jury chose “One Day” by Zsofia Szilagyi, lauding how “the precise camera work and the powerful mise-en-scene convey the extraordinary intensity and tension of an utterly ordinary situation with feeling, humor and drama.”

The International Cinephile Society, which is made up of 21 critics from around the world, also gave its top award to “Burning.” In fact, wrote the group in its announcement, Lee Chang-dong’s film “burned the competition to ashes in virtually every category” and “should technically have won everything but Best Actress.” But the ICS follows the same rules as the official Cannes jury, which rules out giving any other awards to the film that wins the Palme d’Or.

“Burning” won the ICS’s Palme, while Jean-Luc Godard’s “Image Book” took the runner-up Grand Prize and Jia Zhang-Ke’s “Ash is Purest White” and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” tied for the Jury Prize.

The group named Alice Rohrwacher best director for “Happy as Lazzaro,” and gave the acting awards to Marcello Fonte for “Dogman” and Zhao Tao for “Ash Is Purest White.”

Its screenplay awards went to Christophe Honore for “Sorry Angel” and Ryusuke Hamaguchi for “Asako I & II.”

In other Cannes awards, the Ecumenical Jury gave its top award to Nadine Labaki’s “Capharnaum,” with a special commendation to Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman.”

And the tongue-in-cheek Palme Dog award, which goes to the best canine performance at the festival, was shared by all the dogs in Matteo Garrone’s main-competition film “Dogman.”

The Palme d’Or and other official Cannes awards will be presented during a Saturday evening ceremony in the Grand Theatre Lumiere.

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