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Tom Holland Spoils Biggest ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Death in TV Interview, Leaving Moviegoers Divided

Tom Holland Spoils Biggest ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Death in TV Interview, Leaving Moviegoers Divided
[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame.”]

How much time needs to pass before actors can start talking about film spoilers in public interviews? That question was on the mind of many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans over the weekend after Tom Holland’s June 21 appearance on Britain’s “Graham Norton Show.” The 23-year-old actor appeared on the talk show to promote his latest McU entry “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and when asked to set up the movie’s plot he let loose one of the biggest spoilers from this year’s record-breaking tentpole “Avengers: Endgame.”

“The film is a direct continuation of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ so we deal with the ramifications of the blip, of the death of Tony Stark,” Holland said. “Sorry if anyone hasn’t seen the film! If you haven’t, then you’re living under a rock, to be honest.”

Avengers: Endgame” opened in theaters April 26, but is two months enough time
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‘Queen & Slim’ Trailer: Lena Waithe & Daniel Kaluuya Are Trying To Stay Alive In Unflinching New Drama

‘Queen & Slim’ Trailer: Lena Waithe & Daniel Kaluuya Are Trying To Stay Alive In Unflinching New Drama
There’s some serious firepower behind the unflinching new Universal drama, “Queen & Slim.” It’s the powerful collaboration between trailblazing, Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe (Netflix’s “Master of None” and Showtime’s “The Chi”) and Melina Matsoukas, the director of some iconic pop-culture experiences, including Beyonce’s “Formation” and the Nike “Equality” campaign.

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That would be enough, but the film also stars Daniel Kaluuya, the breakout star of “Get Out,” who is also featured in some significant parts of “Black Panther,” and Steve McQueen’s “Widows.

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‘Black & Blue’: Naomie Harris & Tyrese Gibson Team-Up To Fight Street Crime

‘Black & Blue’: Naomie Harris & Tyrese Gibson Team-Up To Fight Street Crime
Coming this fall and directed by the indefatigable Deon Taylor, the filmmaker is having quite the year. Between 2018 and 2019, he’s made three films: “Traffik,” “The Intruder,” and his upcoming crime thriller “Black and Blue” which just released its first trailer tonight. I’m not sure what kind of steroids he’s on, but according to IMDb, Taylor also has three more films in post-production: “The House Next Door,” “Fatale” and “Akuma.” Taylor apparently doesn’t sleep.

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‘Big Little Lies’ Review: ‘The End of the World’ Approaches, as Does Season 2’s Make or Break Moment

‘Big Little Lies’ Review: ‘The End of the World’ Approaches, as Does Season 2’s Make or Break Moment
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Big Little Lies,” “The End of the World” — Season 2, Episode 3.]

Meryl Streep isn’t just the enticing new cast member to “Big Little Lies” Season 2; she’s carrying the entire plot on her shoulders. So far, that’s been a blessing, as Streep’s attentive and rich performance makes any time spent with the mourning Mary Louise pure pleasure. But in Episode 3, “The End of the World,” it’s also clearer than ever that she’s the only one driving any narrative momentum. What writer David E. Kelley and director Andrea Arnold do with her dogged pursuit of the truth will be the make or break moment for the series. As we approach the midway point, this latest hour shows how enjoyable and affecting this new “Big Little Lies” can be, while still repeating the same beats shown previously.

Before we get to a few theories of what might come
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‘Queen & Slim’ First Look Trailer: Daniel Kaluuya Goes on the Run in Lena Waithe’s Thriller — Watch

‘Queen & Slim’ First Look Trailer: Daniel Kaluuya Goes on the Run in Lena Waithe’s Thriller — Watch
When Lena Waithe presented the first footage of “Queen and Slim” at Cinemacon earlier this year, she called the Universal Pictures’ film “protest art.”

“It’s meant to get people talking,” Waithe said. “The film is not made to give the audience answers, but instead to ask questions and show what it looks like to be black and in love while the world is burning all around you.”

Now, audiences worldwide can see for themselves what she’s talking about in the first trailer for fall feature. Universal released the first look during the 2019 Bet Awards, which aired Sunday night.

Starring Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Jodie Turner-Smith (“Nightflyers”), “Queen & Slim” was initially billed as a dramatic thriller with romantic undertones that follows a black couple on a first date who are pulled over by a police officer, who they then kill in self-defense. The film also stars Bokeem Woodbine
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One Thousand Layer Cinema: A Conversation with Takashi Makino

Memento StellaFor nearly two decades, Japanese filmmaker Takashi Makino has been making entirely abstract films. For him, it seems, abstraction is less of an aesthetic mode and more of a philosophy, a way of creating a space for the viewer to engage with his sonic-visual material as they see fit, Some viewers may choose to actively participate in reading and shaping the meaning of the images he presents, while others will be more interested in passively receiving them and enjoying them on a sensorial or emotional level. What is important, is that in either case, the viewer feels involved. As he writes on his website, “what fascinates me most about film expression is the potential for what is presented on the screen to collide with each individual viewer’s emotional landscape, and the new ‘image’ created inside the viewer’s mind resulting from this collision.” For Makino, abstraction offers a space for imagination,
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‘Yellowstone Live’: Baby Animals Are Front and Center in This Year’s Ambitious NatGeo Event

‘Yellowstone Live’: Baby Animals Are Front and Center in This Year’s Ambitious NatGeo Event
Yellowstone Live” finished its debut four-night run on a Wednesday last August. But before the week was over, the team behind the show knew they wanted to take on the ambitious live TV nature event again, and they knew exactly what this year’s version needed.

Baby animals. Lots and lots of baby animals.

Beginning Sunday night, Nat Geo will present another quartet of primetime one-hour installments, capturing the activity happening in the park at this summer’s opening. Teams of camera crews will be broadcasting live footage of animals and natural phenomena, mixed in with pre-recorded segments to help give audiences at home some context for what they’re seeing. Showrunner James Smith said that having this event earlier this year was a direct response to wanting to feature smaller young animals as part of the series’ broadcasts.

“July and August gets very dry, but May and June is when it’s really lush.
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‘Toy Story 4’ Has The Largest Opening For Any ‘Toy Story’ Film, But Still Falls Short Of Expectations [Box Office]

‘Toy Story 4’ Has The Largest Opening For Any ‘Toy Story’ Film, But Still Falls Short Of Expectations [Box Office]
The box office problems for sequels in North America continues this weekend. Sure, Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” made an incredible amount of money— $118 million domestically—in its opening weekend, but the figure is far down from the early estimates that had the film opening to around $150 million in North America. It’s the largest opening for a “Toy Story” movie ever, and this is excellent news, but that 2019’s summer slump, the fatigue that seems to be setting in with North American moviegoers does seem like it hurt the film a little.

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As ‘Toy Story 4’ Opens to $118 Million, Do We Need to Reset Theatrical Expectations?

As ‘Toy Story 4’ Opens to $118 Million, Do We Need to Reset Theatrical Expectations?
This is a weekend of twin disappointments. First up: While “Toy Story 4” handily crossed a $100 million three-day opening, at $118 million in sales it fell significantly short of Disney’s (conservative) $140 million three-day estimate.

Second, and somewhat related: Year over year, box-office totals fell at least $75 million below the same three-day period in 2018. Expect the 2019 shortfall to be around $540 million by the end of this weekend. Still, there are three more top franchises or sequels between now and the end of July; June and July last year had only two, so the outlook for improvement remains.

Disney spin is already in play, but the “Toy Story 4” performance comes as concern rises that the sequel/franchise theatrical model is losing currency. Of course, $118 million is a strong number, but the degree to which this fell short of minimal expectations has to scare careful observers. It creates pressure to find alternatives,
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Ted Sarandos on How Netflix Develops Original Content: ‘It’s 70-80% Art, and 20-30% Science’

Ted Sarandos on How Netflix Develops Original Content: ‘It’s 70-80% Art, and 20-30% Science’
Netflix has always been fighting for its fair shake in Hollywood, be it breaking in as an original content producer or being considered for major awards. But now it’s facing a fight for dominance in the very market it helped create. While the streaming giant has always gone head-to-head with the likes of Hulu and Amazon, more major corporations are about to get in the streaming entertainment game via their own subscription services — namely, Disney and Apple.

During a conversation at SeriesFest in Denver, Co, Saturday night, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos explained the methods that have helped build Netflix into the world’s leading streaming service — and could give them an edge against their competitors — what it’s not doing with subscribers’ data that other companies may be, and what’s “interesting” about the upcoming streaming wars.

First up, Sarandos discussed what goes into the decisions behind selecting original series to produce.
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‘Shrill’ Star Aidy Bryant Has Always Been Hot, Thanks

‘Shrill’ Star Aidy Bryant Has Always Been Hot, Thanks
Aidy Bryant got naked for the children. That is, Bryant got naked for herself. Rather, Bryant got naked because of what it what have meant for her to see something like that when she was growing up.

The “Saturday Night Live” actress’ sex scenes in Hulu’s searing freshman comedy “Shrill” spurred headlines all over the internet, calling it “transformative” and “body-positive” and “life-affirming.” The series, adapted from Lindy West’s memoir of the same name, centers around Bryant’s character Annie, a fat woman learning to love and assert herself in all aspects of her life.

But why would Bryant, who serves as a co-writer and a co-executive producer in addition to her dynamite lead performance, choose to (forgive the pun) expose herself like that, when in the show itself Annie is perpetually harangued about her weight, simply for existing? Why invite more hatred when so much fat-phobia already exists?
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‘Lucy in the Sky’: Noah Hawley’s Space Drama Could Land at Fall Festivals

‘Lucy in the Sky’: Noah Hawley’s Space Drama Could Land at Fall Festivals
For any fan of ambitious storytelling, space dramas, or, well, Natalie Portman, “Lucy in the Sky” is high on the list of the year’s most-anticipated films. The good news about Noah Hawley’s space drama is it’s just about ready to go. The better news is that Fox Searchlight is targeting the fall festival circuit for the film’s debut.

“The movie is locked,” Noah Hawley told IndieWire in a recent interview. “I’m mixing right now, and I’m doing the final finishing touches. The studio has their strategy that they’re building toward a release, and it’s Searchlight, so unlike Disney, which dates their movies three years in advance, they’re quite used to going out [to festivals]. And all those festivals that are in anticipation of fall are starting to look at movies now, so we’re going through that process to figure out the best strategy to release it.
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‘Wild Rose’ Outpaced by Documentaries at Specialty Box Office

‘Wild Rose’ Outpaced by Documentaries at Specialty Box Office
Documentaries continue to dominate the specialized world. Among new openers, three of the four are non-fiction titles. They include “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” (Magnolia) and a reissue of David Hockney biodoc “A Bigger Splash” (Metrograph).

Wild Rose,” the top narrative release of the week from Neon, had a middling start despite strong support and good reviews for breakout Jessie Buckley. The familiar story of an aspiring singer might have limited its appeal.

Among holdovers, documentaries are holding better than the two prime Sundance titles that opened soft in recent weeks. Not showing signs of sustained growth are “Late Night” (Amazon), which dropped more than half on its second wide weekend, while “Booksmart” (United Artists) is nearing $21 million, a total the Amazon film is unlikely to reach.

Opening

Wild Rose (Neon) – Metacritic: 78; Festivals include: Toronto 2018, South by Southwest 2019

$56,183 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $14,046

Rising actress Buckley, on view in HBO’s “Chernobyl,
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Thomas Schlamme Elected for Second Term as DGA President

Thomas Schlamme Elected for Second Term as DGA President
Thomas Schlamme has been elected for a second term as the Directors Guild of America president. This will mark his second, two-year term, which is typically the extent of a DGA presidency.

On Saturday, during the guild’s convention at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles, Schlamme was selected by acclamation of 155 delegates, representing more than 18,000 members.

“It is my honor to once again accept the position of President of the Directors Guild of America,” Schlamme said in a statement. “It’s a privilege I don’t take lightly. We’re in a time of immense change, and the next few years will be critical for the DGA and for our industry. I am focused and ready to lead us through our next negotiations, and to ensure that the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams are protected for years to come. And I am fortunate that serving alongside me is a dedicated,
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‘Dark’: Season 2’s Insane Ending and All the Burning Questions Season 3 Needs to Answer

‘Dark’: Season 2’s Insane Ending and All the Burning Questions Season 3 Needs to Answer
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Dark” Season 2, including the finale. If you haven’t watched yet, you can read the non-spoilery review.]

The second season of “Dark” ends with far more questions than answers, but for the love of all that is unholy, some of those answers are completely and utterly bananas. Which is to say, they’re everything a “Dark” fan could ask for.

In the series, the town of Winden has been experiencing mysterious child abductions that turn out to be linked to an epic battle between good and evil. Teenager Jonas Kahnwald (Louis Hofmann) is at the center of the melee and travels back and forth through time in an attempt to save Winden and everyone he loves from an impending nuclear holocaust. As more and more Winden residents begin to also hop around through time, they’re shocked to learn just how connected they all are.

And yes, this is even crazier than Season 1’s shocker that the boy Mikkel (Daan Lennard Liebrenz), who goes missing in 2019, actually
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Beast Beast, Lingua Franca Take Prizes at U.S. in Progress Paris

Beast Beast, the first feature from Danny Madden, took the top prize at U.S. in Progress Paris on Friday. In a statement, the jury (of which I was a member), wrote of the multi-strand story, “The film is a successful attempt to capture the present teenage generation. The director approaches his protagonists with empathy and understanding. The film has a strong political (gun control in particular) and social aspect while remaining an entertaining and creative piece of work.” Beast Beast is produced by Vanishing Angle, and Alec Baldwin is an executive producer. A […]
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Beast Beast, Lingua Franca Take Prizes at U.S. in Progress Paris

Beast Beast, the first feature from Danny Madden, took the top prize at U.S. in Progress Paris on Friday. In a statement, the jury (of which I was a member), wrote of the multi-strand story, “The film is a successful attempt to capture the present teenage generation. The director approaches his protagonists with empathy and understanding. The film has a strong political (gun control in particular) and social aspect while remaining an entertaining and creative piece of work.” Beast Beast is produced by Vanishing Angle, and Alec Baldwin is an executive producer. A […]
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6 Lesser-Known Billy Wilder Movies to Watch on His 113th Birthday

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6 Lesser-Known Billy Wilder Movies to Watch on His 113th Birthday
What more can be said about the greatness of “Double Indemnity,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and “Some Like It Hot”? If director Billy Wilder had stopped there he’d still be considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time — not to mention an even better screenwriter, one able to combine razor-sharp wit with deeply felt empathy for his characters. Today, June 22, is Wilder’s 113th birthday — he died in 2002, at age 95. And it’s a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of Wilder’s back catalogue: there’s more worth exploring in his career than just the obvious classics. Here are six other movies Wilder worked on that are deserving of your attention.
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Lupita Nyong’o May Solidify Status as the 21st Century’s Great Scream Queen in ‘Little Monsters’

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Lupita Nyong’o May Solidify Status as the 21st Century’s Great Scream Queen in ‘Little Monsters’
Neon and Hulu have released a new clip from their upcoming Australian zombie movie that should enshrine Lupita Nyong’o as the finest actor working in horror today. In “Little Monsters,” directed by Abe Forsythe, Nyong’o plays Miss Caroline, a kindergarten teacher taking her wee students on a field trip to a farm, where there’s suddenly a zombie outbreak. Instead of the kids petting a cow, Miss Caroline has to make certain that they don’t see zombies ravenously devouring the bovine.

“It’s like an R-rated Pixar movie,” the director, Abe Forsythe, said at the IndieWire Sundance Studio presented by Dropbox in January. In this clip, Miss Caroline has to adapt her early-childhood education skills to both ensure the survival of the tykes and make certain that they’re not psychologically scarred by the carnage around them. She tells them that all the weird-looking people around them are “it,
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David Lynch Warns Cinephiles That New ‘Lost Highway’ Blu-ray Does Not Meet His Standards

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David Lynch Warns Cinephiles That New ‘Lost Highway’ Blu-ray Does Not Meet His Standards
David Lynch, consumer watchdog?

The legendary director has been known for being particular about the quality of his home entertainment releases in the past, and now he’s voicing his displeasure with a new release of one of his classics.

“Dear Twitter Friends,” Lynch wrote. “A Blu-ray of Lost Highway will be released very soon. It was made from old elements and Not from a restoration of the original negative. I hope that a version from the restoration of the original negative will happen as soon as possible.”

Lost Highway” has never received a Blu-ray release in the U.S. The only Blu-ray available on Amazon for purchase is a Region 2 release. The reason for this is that Lynch has been extremely exacting when it comes to delivering the highest possible sound and image quality for the home entertainment releases of his films. Some of his movies in took a bit longer to reach DVD,
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