Director John Carney Criticizes Keira Knightley’s Acting in ‘Begin Again’

Often, when a film wraps and directors are asked about working with big actors, it’s all praise. It’s a different story, however, with “Begin Again” director John Carney and Keira Knightley. Carney, promoting his latest movie “Sing Street,” spoke about working with Knightley in 2013 drama “Begin Again,” saying he wouldn’t like to work with… Read more »

Who Should Direct the Next James Bond Film? And What Should the Series Become?

It says a lot about where the James Bond series has been over the last few years that yesterday’s announcement by director Sam Mendes — that he is stepping down from the franchise after having directed two entries — was greeted by Bond fans from around the world with something less than a collective cry… Read more »

‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ Sees $65M Offshore Debut; Gamers Rush To ‘Warcraft’ With $31.6M – Intl Box Office

Refresh for latest Disney‘s live action sequel, Alice Through The Looking Glass, slid down the rabbithole into 43 material offshore markets this weekend for a $65M debut. The result mirrors the opening of last year’s comp, Cinderella, in the same suite of markets and at today’s exchange rates. China was predictably the biggest overseas play with $27.1M, making it the second highest Disney Live Action opening (non-Marvel or Lucasfilm) ever in the Middle Kingdom, behind The…

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Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Hits $65 Million, ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Flops

Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” and Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” squared off over Memorial Day weekend, but both blockbuster hopefuls emerged bruised from this box office clash of the titans. The latest X-Men adventure easily topped the weekend, earning an estimated $65 million. It is on pace to pull in over $76 million over the… Read more »

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Share Surf Outtakes Feat. Chance The Rapper

The Social ExperimentDonnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment released the fantastic Surf, one of the very best albums of last 2015, exactly one year ago yesterday. To celebrate that anniversary, the collective have just shared “The First Time,” a ten-minute mix of unreleased material from the Surf sessions featuring Chance The Rapper throughout. “This is … More »

London Theater Review: ‘The Threepenny Opera’ with Rory Kinnear

Born out of Germany’s economic meltdown in the 1920s, “The Threepenny Opera” puts the destitute and desperate onstage — a remarkable thing at the time. Rather than refresh its reality for our own financial crisis, director Rufus Norris and playwright Simon Stephens turn it into a (three)penny dreadful, as keystone cops chase red-striped robbers and… Read more »

Italian Stage And Screen Actor Giorgio Albertazzi Dead at 92

ROME — Giorgio Albertazzi, the lionlike actor and director who was a leading light of the Italian stage for more than six decades but is best known to global French film lovers for playing the seducer with an Italian accent simply called X in Alain Resnais’ 1961 now classic “Last Year at Marienbad,” died Saturday in… Read more »

‘Apocalypse’ & ‘Alice’ Take A Dive On Saturday As Memorial Day B.O. Bloodbath Continues – Sunday AM Update

6TH WRITE-THRU, Sunday AM: Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first of the year to threaten the U.S., will hit South Carolina by Sunday night. As such, distrib chiefs can’t use the weather as an excuse yet for what has been a lackluster Memorial Day weekend at the B.O.
The new titles — 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse and Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass  were both down on Saturday from their Friday returns, respectively -23% and -6%, which is putting a damper on…

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