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Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade

Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade
Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters.

La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the lowest haul since 2005. The decline in sales is likely because the rest of Hollywood avoided opening a big movie ahead of Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which is expected to crush records when it debuts on April 26.

La Llorona,” a supernatural thriller set in the “Conjuring” universe, cost $9 million to produce. The film is based on the Mexican folklore about the Weeping Woman, a
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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke
Updated with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks

John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke.

Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg.

The stroke has been characterized by doctors as “mild.”

Singleton’s family released a statement Saturday afternoon confirming his hospitalization.

“John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care,” the family statement said. “We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues.”

Singleton most recently has been active in television. He’s creator and exec producer of the FX drama series “Snowfall,” which heads into its third season this year. He earned an Emmy nomination in 2017 for directing
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Streaming: the joys of Soviet Movies Online

Acclaimed 2012 film Betrayal by Russia’s Kirill Serebrennikov, who was recently freed from house arrest, is just one gem on the no-frills streaming site

There was good news in the film world last week, as embattled, iconoclastic Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov was finally liberated after nearly two years of government-mandated house arrest. Having been detained on apparently trumped-up charges of embezzling state funds for a theatre initiative, his imprisonment became an industry cause celebre attracting the support of Cate Blanchett and Lars von Trier, among others. Serebrennikov’s qualified release (he still can’t leave Moscow) is good news for many reasons, not least among them that he can return to his strange, kinetic brand of film-making.

It was the Serebrennikov-related headlines that accidentally prompted this week’s streaming discovery, as I found myself wondering whether the director’s remarkable 2012 film Betrayal – a memorable standout from that year’s Venice
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Who? What? How? Hulk! – addressing the Avengers: Endgame theories

Ever since the shocking finale of Infinity War, Marvel superfans have been speculating on what might happen next but with days to go, who might be right?

By now, theorizing about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is as integral to the experience of being a fan as watching the actual movies is.

It’s unsurprising: Marvel Studios actively encourages speculation, with obscure Easter egg references, background cameos and post-credit sequences built into every film. With just days before the release of Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 21 films spanning 11 years, there’s no shortage of theories for how the three-hour movie will wrap up the franchise – and blow the doors wide open for a new set of characters.
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'The Curse Of La Llorona' rules anaemic Us Easter session

'The Curse Of La Llorona' rules anaemic Us Easter session
Faith-based drama Breakthrough does well in third place.

New Line horror The Curse Of La Llorona opened top of North American box office via Warner Bros on an estimated $26.5m as all the releases combined for the worst Easter box office performance in 14 years.

Even though the latest film to emerge from The Conjuring Universe surpassed expectations and Captain Marvel became the seventh Marvel Cinematic Universe film to cross $400m, there was no getting away from the limp overall display.

Box office grossed $108.4m, down 2.4% on last weekend and down 21% on the Easter session in 2018, when Ready Player One dominated the North American box office.
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David Picker, Studio Chief Who Acquired James Bond Novels for UA, Dies at 87

David Picker, who headed United Artists, Paramount and Columbia’s motion picture divisions and was known for forging relationships with groundbreaking filmmakers and material, died Saturday in New York. He was 87 and had been suffering from colon cancer.

MGM tweeted, “We are saddened to hear that a member of the United Artists family has passed away. David Picker was a true visionary who brought iconic films to theaters such as the James Bond franchise.”

Picker brought the James Bond novels and the Beatles to United Artists; helped launch Steve Martin’s movie career and oversaw boundary-pushing movies like “Last Tango in Paris” and “Midnight Cowboy.”

Among the Hollywood figures who started out working for Picker as an assistant were Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bonnie Arnold, Tom Rothman and Jonathan Demme. His 2013, “Musts, Maybes and Nevers,” was a candid look at both his hits and flops, and he was honored with the PGA
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode 8.2: ‘A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms’ Is The Calm Before The Storm [Recap]

With its single location, this week’s “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is the “Game of Thrones” version of a bottle episode. Sure, it takes place all over the castle of Winterfell, rather than in just a single space à la “Pine Barrens” on “The Sopranos” or “Fly” on “Breaking Bad,” but this is as minimalist as this HBO show can get.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”]

Do you like shows featuring a lot of fireside chats and talking about battles soon to be fought? Well, the second episode of “Game of Throne’s” eighth season totally delivered for you. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” keeps bringing together so many of the show’s established characters that the few left out are likely feeling a bit of Fomo. But what matters isn’t their absence but the tragic lack of action as various characters confronted foes from seasons past… and basically made their peace with each other.

It’s honestly bizarre. This episode was packed with answers to the generic fan question, “Oh man, what will happen when [Blank] sees [Blank] again?” But while one might have expected “Game of Thrones” to make more of the “reunion” between Bran Stark and Jaime Lannister — especially given Daenerys’ family
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Exclusive: Bill Hader on ‘Barry’ Season 2 Episode 4 and Ensuring Sally’s Story Rings True

Real-life can often provide the best inspiration for art, but tackling sensitive subject matter often requires a certain degree of maturity and understanding on the part of the artist. That’s why Barry showrunners Bill Hader and Alec Berg reached out for advice when crafting the arc of Sally (Sarah Goldberg), who in the show’s second season is confronted by her abusive ex-husband. In Barry Season 2 Episode 4, Sally’s ex-husband Sam asks her to come to his hotel room to retrieve an item. Despite her best instincts, Sally goes—but it’s made clear …
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‘Les Misérables’: Lily Collins Considers the Happy Side of Fantine That the Musical Usually Skips Over

‘Les Misérables’: Lily Collins Considers the Happy Side of Fantine That the Musical Usually Skips Over
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Episode 2 of “Les Misérables” on PBS.]

“I Dreamed a Dream” is perhaps one of the most well-known tunes from the musical version of “Les Misérables,” but without leaning on those songs, PBS’ six-part non-musical series based on Victor Hugo’s novel goes deeper with its storytelling. Lily Collins, who plays the lowly grisette Fantine, was able to reveal more backstory when her character falls in love and becomes pregnant by a rich student (Johnny Flynn), who abandoned her.

In an interview with IndieWire and during a panel for “Les Misérables” earlier this year, Collins shared her thoughts about this version of Fantine.

“I was really excited to get to show a side of Fantine that we really haven’t seen before. Usually, you cut into her storyline when she’s already in the factory,” she said. “You don’t get to see her fall in love, and be naive, and fun-loving, and having fun.
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‘Killing Eve’ Review: Everyone Gives Into Temptation Except Carolyn in a Maddening Episode

‘Killing Eve’ Review: Everyone Gives Into Temptation Except Carolyn in a Maddening Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Killing Eve” Season 2, Episode 3, “The Hungry Caterpillar.”]

Only on “Killing Eve” can a dangerous blade hidden in lipstick be interpreted as a love note. In the final moments of Sunday’s episode, MI6 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) cuts herself using the doctored lipstick left in her purse by killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer). The name of the lip shade, Love in an Elevator, not only connects Villanelle to a recent assassination in a lift, but reflects her mindset is still firmly focused on Eve. The pain and blood caused by the knife isn’t a threat; it’s a bloody, coded kiss.

Despite this and many other delicious highlights in “The Hungry Caterpillar,” the episode doesn’t make much progress in their cat-and-mouse game and even presses reset by placing Villanelle back with her old handler Konstantin (Kim Bodnia). Compared to Season 1’s third episode, which catapulted the series forward by changing the stakes,
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Abigail Disney Calls Bob Iger’s $65 Million Compensation ‘Insane’

Disney chairman-ceo Bob Iger’s total compensation for Disney’s fiscal 2018 was a whopping $65.6 million. Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of Disney co-founder Roy Disney, calls that sum “insane.”

While speaking at the Fast Company Impact Council, the filmmaker and philanthropist insisted that this level of corporate payout has a “corrosive effect on society.”

Disney took to social media to reemphasize her point.

“Let me very clear. I like Bob Iger. I do Not speak for my family but only for myself. Other than owning shares (not that many) I have no more say in what happens there than anyone else. But by any objective measure a pay ratio over a thousand is insane,” Disney wrote in a detailed thread on Twitter, breaking down her many issues with executive compensation of this level.

She continued, “I’m not saying Iger doesn’t deserve a bonus. He most certainly does. He is
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The Essential ‘Game of Thrones’ Theories We Need Resolved in the Final Season

Fair warning: This post has spoilers through A Dance with Dragons and Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1, 'Winter Is Here'. Fan theories, amiright? What a bunch of bull. Except... not so much these days. If Westworld proved one thing for certain, it's that the combined power nerd power of the internet can crack any case. And Game of Thrones has a pretty incredible track record of well-guessed fan theories, and those fans have been theorizing about for George R.R. Martin's addictive fantasy epic for decades now. Even before the HBO series became a titanic …
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‘Hail Satan?’ and the Moral Panic That Helped Inspire Its Creation

‘Hail Satan?’ and the Moral Panic That Helped Inspire Its Creation
That the title of Penny Lane’s documentary is a question, not a statement, holds more meaning than you might think. “Hail Satan?” follows the Satanic Temple’s years-long efforts to advocate for religious pluralism and redefine what it means to be a Satanist, as the group believes that “witch hunters” have been allowed to set the terms of debate for too long. One case in point: the Satanic Panic that influenced everything from the public perception of bands like Judas Priest to how the West Memphis Three were prosecuted.

“You can’t really fully understand the Satanic Temple if you don’t understand the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and ’90s,” says Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves in the film, over footage of news segments carrying ominous titles like “Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground.” “The United States was caught up by anti-Satanist hysterics.”

Lane doesn’t go in depth on this subject,
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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Scares Up Easter Weekend Win [Box Office]

It’s the calm before the storm weekend, and Warner Bros./New Line has two success stories coming out of Easter. First up, “The Conjuring” series keeps posting results. The sixth film in the series (‘Conjuring 3’ doesn’t come out until 2020), “The Curse of La Llorona,” a horror spin-off from the series won the weekend singlehandedly with a very nice $26.5 million; even better when you consider the movie cost $9 million to make.

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Led by ‘The Curse of La Llorona,’ This Easter Box Office Is the Worst In a Quarter Century

Led by ‘The Curse of La Llorona,’ This Easter Box Office Is the Worst In a Quarter Century
With total grosses this weekend around $110 million, “Avengers: Endgame” can’t come soon enough. In attendance, it’s the worst Easter weekend since at least 1994 — a period when the North American population was 20% less than what it is today.

It also marks the 13th weekend out of 16 so far in 2019 in which results lagged below the preceding year. This one is particularly grim because this 12% drop compares to a date one week post Easter. The actual 2018 Easter weekend grossed $140 million, which would represent a 21% drop. Best not to think about it.

That makes the results for “The Curse of La Llorona” stand out more. Budgeted at $9 million, this horror film (tangentially related to the “Conjuring” franchise) opened over $25 million. Easter weekend typically is a strong draw for Latino audiences, and they made up about half of the ticket buyers for this Mexican-folklore story. This is a core group that continues to be underserved by studios,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Episode 2 Leaks Online Ahead of Its Premiere

As has happened many times before, much to the chagrin of HBO, the latest “Game of Thrones” episode has leaked online ahead of its official premiere. Last week’s Season 8 finale made its way onto the internet four hours early due to a DirecTV error, whereas the second episode began streaming early on Amazon Prime Video in Germany.

It then made its way to other corners of the internet, ditto details of what transpires in it — which is to say, be careful on social media until actually watching tonight’s episode directed by David Nutter. The helmer is a “Game of Thrones” veteran, having won an Emmy for directing Season 5 finale “Mother Mercy” and also taking the reins on such well-received episodes as “The Rains of Castamere,” “A Man Without Honor,” and last week’s “Winterfell.” He will also direct Episode 4 of this eighth and final season, bringing his time
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Andrew Garfield’s ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Tops Shaky Specialty Box Office

In a rickety specialty market, A24’s Cannes 2018 film noir “Under the Silver Lake,” starring Andrew Garfield, delivered the best opener, beating out “Red Joan” (IFC), the latest from reliable Judi Dench, which opened far below her usual results. Several other indie titles (five from women directors) debuted to varying initial interest. And on its second weekend, moviegoers ignored “Teen Spirit” (Bleecker Street), starring Elle Fanning, as it moved into several hundred nearly empty venues.

On the other hand, many arthouse patrons checked out high-end Chinese drama “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (Kino Lorber), which includes a lengthy 3D sequence that impressed critics and audiences alike. The film is now playing Los Angeles as well as New York.

Opening

Under the Silver Lake (A24) – Metacritic: 59; Festivals include: Cannes 2018

$40,157 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $20,079

David Robert Mitchell’s long-delayed Los Angeles neo-noir opened in two top theaters in
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‘Curse of La Llorona’ Tops International Box Office With $30 Million

Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” led the way at the international box office, summoning $30 million when it opened in 71 foreign markets.

The supernatural thriller collected $26.5 million in North America for a global start of $56.5 million. “La Llorona,” based on the Mexican folklore about the Weeping Woman, had the best showing in Mexico where it debuted with $5.3 million. Other top territories include Colombia ($2.4 million), France ($2.1 million), and Spain ($1.7 million).

In another win for Warner Bros. and New Line, “Shazam!” crossed the $200 million overseas. The DC superhero tentpole added another $22 million from 80 territories this weekend, bringing its global haul to $322.8 million. “Shazam!” opened in Japan with $2 million.

Disney’s live-action remake of “Dumbo” also hit a significant milestone, surpassing $300 million in ticket sales. Director Tim Burton’s re-imagining of the classic cartoon brought in $13.7 million from 55 markets for an international bounty of $206.6 million.

Elsewhere, Paramount Pictures
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‘The Twilight Zone’ Reboot Will Compete in Drama Category for Emmys, But There’s One Complication

CBS All Access isn’t exactly overflowing with must-see content, with Star Trek Discovery and The Good Fight being the only two original hits in their library. But since The Twilight Zone reboot came along, plenty more people have been flocking to the streaming subscription service, and the show is bound to end up with some […]

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