Today in Entertainment: A new box office ‘Boss,’ Patricia Arquette’s GLAAD speech and Eric Church in L.A.

“I think Alec Baldwin as the voice of the baby — boom, you’re in. “The Lost City of Z,” Zeitchik writes, “marks the latest movie from one of the greatest (to fans) and frustrating (to some establishment skeptics) of modern American filmmakers. I feel like there are a lot of superheroes who are chosen or find themselves in these positions. The singer is nominated for song of the year with “Kill a Word,” a thoughtful plea for tolerance from his latest album, “Mr. What the film world is saying about ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ ‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’ and Walter Hill Mark OlsenKiernan Shipka in “The Blackcoat’s Daughter.” (Petr Maur / A24)The new movie “Ghost in the Shell” had me thinking a lot this week about critics, movie journalism and how the conversation around a movie can come to define that movie. Either way, the sweaty gig had been one to remember, he said — for him as well as for the early adopters he thanked for helping to spread the word about him.On Friday night, Church reminisced before a much larger crowd at Staples Center, where the singer’s latest tour stopped en route to Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Love.Jenkins and Johns spent a lot of time discussing the character and said that, despite her formidable fighting skills, Diana is and always will be about love. “The Blackcoat’s Daughter,”   written and directed by Osgood Perkins (son of “Psycho” star Anthony Perkins). We will be showing   “The Lost City of Z,”   with director James Gray on hand for a Q&A, on Monday   at the ArcLight   Cinemas in Sherman Oaks. A flop on its initial release, the film built a cult following that resulted in a 2004 director’s cut and an ongoing afterlife. But would the comic book aficionados be pleased?Unfortunately, the titular character (played by Gal Gadot) was absent from the festivities, but director Patty Jenkins and executive producer Geoff Johns (who is also the chief creative Ooficer at DC Comics) were on hand to answer (a few) questions from the fans. Premiering on Netflix (and getting a limited theatrical run), it hasMeryl Streep   as the film’s narrator, and contemporary filmmakers paired with each of the five filmmakers. She’s one of the very few who believes in goodness and kindness and justice and love, who comes to our world hoping to instill that in other people, but is willing to use force if that’s what she must do, to keep mankind safe.”Read more April 2, 2017, 11:30 a.m. It’s what makes her unique in the DC universe.“She’s not the only character who has a strong moral compass and a belief system, of course, but what I like about her is that that is her mission,” said Jenkins. Misunderstood,” which he released with little warning in late 2015.But if Church’s popularity has propelled him from clubs to arenas — and enabled him to surprise-drop new work à la Beyoncé — he hasn’t lost his affection for the tiny rooms he used to haunt.“Let’s turn this place into a 16,000-17,000-person bar,” he said onstage at Staples before handing a drink to a fan in the front row. (Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for GLAAD)Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech at the   GLAAD Media Awards   on Saturday night was nearly drowned out by the audience’s raucous applause.The   outspoken actress, who used her   2015 Oscars acceptance speech   to speak out against the gender wage gap, got choked up accepting the organization’s Vanguard Award, reading a speech that focused on her sister   Alexis, a trans woman who died last year because of AIDS-related complications.”My sister Alexis challenged the movie industry at its core,” she said. Eric Church performs Friday night at Staples Center. She risked it all because she knew she couldn’t live a life that was a lie. Indie Focus hosts ‘Lost City of Z’ director and world-class talker James Gray on Monday Mark OlsenFilmmaker James Gray at the U.K. It’s a chance to see the movie before its April 14 theatrical release.Plus,   Gray is a world-class talker about movies, and as I wrote in this week’s Indie Focus Newsletter,   it’s a conversation I’m really looking forward to. First, they discussed at length what they believed was the essence of Wonder Woman.“[Wonder Woman] is the best fighter in the DC universe,” Johns added.What makes the Amazonian warrior different from the rest of the superheroes? and Canada.Continuing to hold strong in its third weekend in release, “Beauty and the Beast” followed closely behind with $47.5 million, bringing the musical fairy tale’s domestic total to within spitting distance of $400 million and its global haul to more than $875 million.Heading into the weekend, box office prognosticators were projecting an opening for “The Boss Baby” in the neighborhood of $33 million. In some ways a movie only comes to really matter because of conversation around it, and “Ghost” generated some inspired, thought-provoking writing, including   Justin Chang for The Times,   Emily Yoshida for Vulture   and   Alison Willmore for Buzzfeed.The TCM Classic Film Festival   kicks off on Thursday and runs through Sunday, April 9. I mean, come on, a baby in a suit with a briefcase!”Read more April 2, 2017, 11:50 a.m. The studio was happy to oblige, with just a taste of what’s to come with the movie’s June premiere. Then he revved up his song “Jack Daniels,” in which he admits that the booze in question “kicked my ass again last night.”What was remarkable about Friday’s concert is how Church managed to create that sense of intimacy even as he embraced the scale of an arena production.For starters, the show was long: nearly 3½ hours (including an intermission), with about three dozen songs from throughout Church’s decade-long career.Read more April 2, 2017, 12:05 p.m. This year will be especially poignant given the recent death of network host Robert Osborne, to whom this year’s festival is now dedicated.More movies you’ll read about in this week’s Indie Focus Newsletter:   The   three-part documentary series “Five Came Back,”   based on   the 2014 book by Mark Harris,   which covers the experiences of five Hollywood directors during World War II. ‘I was Superman’: ‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins talks lassos, capes and some superhero role reversal Meredith WoernerGal Gadot stars as “Wonder Woman.” (Warner Bros. “She had a very successful career as an actor and she knew she was risking losing her livelihood in living her truth, that she would lose parts in living her life as a trans woman. Entertainment)“Wonder Woman” took center stage at Anaheim’s WonderCon on Saturday. Among them will be Hill’s   new film, “The Assignment,”   a provocative hitman revenge saga starring Michelle Rodriguez, which   screens   Thursday, followed by a weekend series that will include “The Warriors,” “Streets of Fire,” “The Driver,” “Hard Times” and “Geronimo: An American Legend.” Hill is a filmmaker frequently mentioned by other filmmakers as an influence for his handling of storytelling and action, making him something of a tough guys’ tough guy.Read more It is not an easy life to be a trans person in the United States of America today.”Read more April 2, 2017, 10:10 a.m. “Her mission is a belief of mankind and what they can be. Both versions of the movie are being re-released in a new restoration. So whatever mark I have made in this life in activism will always pale in the light of Alexis’ bravery and the light of every trans kid growing up in America.”Teary-eyed, Arquette added: “Visibility matters, and right now trans visibility really matters. But, with many kids across the country now on spring break and “Beauty and the Beast” no longer sucking up all the oxygen, “The Boss Baby” managed to handily outperform those expectations.Reviews for “The Boss Baby” — which cast Alec Baldwin as the voice of a ruthless capitalist infant who declares with Trump-ian bluster that “cookies are for closers” — were mixed at best, but audiences proved more favorable, giving the CG-animated film a CinemaScore of A-minus.“This was a comedic take on a great concept that audiences just gravitated towards,” said 20th Century Fox’s domestic distribution chief, Chris Aronson, noting the film proved a particularly strong draw in the middle of the country, propelled by its simple, grabby hook. ‘The Boss Baby’ takes charge at the box office because ‘boom!’ Alec Baldwin Josh Rottenberg(DreamWorks Animation)After two weeks of domination by Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” there’s a new boss in town.In a squeaker, Fox and DreamWorks Animation’s CG-animated family comedy “The Boss Baby” claimed the top spot at the box office, pulling in a bigger-than-expected weekend estimate of $49 million in the U.S. The comic book convention packed the arena for the Warner Bros. ‘Right now trans visibility really matters’: Patricia Arquette’s moving words about her sister at GLAAD Media Awards Sonaiya KelleyPatricia Arquette accepts the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Jenna Schoenefeld / For The Times)Was it the Roxy or the Whisky?Eric Church couldn’t recall which of the two famed Sunset Strip venues he’d played at on a long-ago visit to Los Angeles, years before he became one of country music’s biggest stars. The impressive casting features Steven Spielberg for William Wyler, Guillermo del Toro for Frank Capra, Paul Greengrass for John Ford, Francis Ford Coppola for John Huston, Lawrence Kasdan for George Stevens.”Donnie Darko,”   Richard Kelly’s 2001 apocalyptic suburban sci-fi teen drama. premiere of “The Lost City Of Z” at London’s British Museum. Keep on the lookout for updates and future events at   events.latimes.com.Meanwhile, enjoy this interview Steven Zeitchik did with Gray after “The Lost City of Z’s” world premiere last fall at the New York Film Festival. For its creator, it involved nearly a decade of production obstacles that included potential star   Brad Pitt’s second thoughts and the pregnancy of prospective star   Ben‎edict Cumberbatch’s wife   —   and tastemakers who scrunched their faces at a longtime chronicler of New York City immigrants and outsiders tackling empire expansion in South America.”The movie, he continues, is   “a cause for celebration to Gray’s devotees and a chance for wariness from those who’ve dismissed him before — and its own end to an improbable odyssey.”As Gray put it, “I find an endless obsession extremely fascinating as a narrative.”Read more April 2, 2017, 10:31 a.m. The film   premiered in 2015 under its original title: “February.” In an odd bit of distribution voodoo, Perkins second film,   “I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In the House,”   actually saw release before this, his debut. (Ben Stansall / AFP / Getty Images)Our Indie Focus screening last week of Marc Webb’s   “Gifted”   was powered by 10-year-old star Mckenna Grace’s boisterous enthusiasm. Starring Kiernan Shipka, Emma Roberts and Lucy Boyton, “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” is a horror thriller set at   a girls boarding school.And the films of Walter Hill, who is being celebrated by   the American Cinematheque   in a mini retrospective, with the filmmaker present for some of the screenings. panel with a crowd thirsty for new footage of Diana Prince in action. It is always a treat because of the expertly chosen lineup, this year running from “America America” to “Zardoz,” but also for the madcap enthusiasm of the audience members.

‘Rick and Morty’ premiere ignites McDonald’s Szechuan sauce craze

#Rickandmorty
— C. Rick and Morty‘s third season returns for more episodes this summer. Adult Swim’s surprise debut of the unannounced first episode of the animated comedy’s third season sent followers into a frenzy Saturday night, additionally inspiring a   collective internet craving for a long-gone McDonald’s food item previously inspired by the 1998 animated family film Mulan. Check out some of the best fan reactions to the Szechuan sauce resurgence below. Make it happen.#szechuansauce
— TJ KIRK (@amazingatheist) April 2, 2017

I want that Mulan Szechuan McNugget sauce. cedet francisque (@SmrtphonRtistCF) April 2, 2017

Yo @McDonalds , my guy Rick Sanchez wants his Mulan Szechuan McNugget sauce back. — AYNCHILADA (@aynchilada) April 2, 2017

I think McDonald's is obligated to bring back their Szechuan sauce when the new Mulan movie is released #rickAndMorty
— Muhammed Chand (@MuhammedChand) April 2, 2017

Show Full Article Fans are sticking to the   Rick and Morty season premiere like dipping sauce on chicken nuggets. McDonald's "Mulan" Commercial (1998) https://t.co/A4xtuikACC
— Rick (((and Morty))) (@RickandMorty) April 2, 2017

McDonald’s has yet to address the Rick and Morty   craze on social media, but there’s still hope the fast food chain could resurrect its Szechuan sauce in the near future, as Disney is currently working on a live-action adaptation   of the animated classic that first inspired the product. I can't wait for nine more seasons. — zach (@zachaldas) April 2, 2017

Hey, when Disney remakes Mulan as a live action film, maybe McDonald's will bring back that Szechuan sauce. When McDonalds brings back Szechuan sauce. Audiences hungered for the discontinued product — enough so that an online petition to bring back the condiment has garnered roughly 6,400 signatures thus far — after one of the show’s   characters   cited it as one of his inspirations. You know what we want. — Nick Landis (@Lanipator) April 2, 2017

So when that live action Mulan movie comes out McDonalds better bring back that Szechuan mcnugget sauce. pic.twitter.com/6CqJqcNZ4k
— Justin (@LittlestJustin) April 2, 2017

Alright, @McDonalds you saw Rick and Morty. Across Saturday’s airing, characters from the Rick and Morty   universe also appeared in a series of ads for real-life businesses, including Carl’s Jr. We saw Rick and Morty. and Hardee’s.

Watch Amber Heard practice intense ‘Aquaman’ fight scene

21, 2018. Another day at the office #Aquaman #fighttraining @87elevenaction @jonvalera
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Watch Heard prep for her role in Aquaman above. She can be seen for a brief moment in the new Justice League trailer, which dropped March 25. The film, also starring Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, and Patrick Wilson, is scheduled for release on Dec. The All the Boys Love Mandy Lane   actress shared a short clip of herself training for one of the upcoming superhero flick’s fight sequences, hashtagging the film’s title while noting the intense training was just “another day at the office” for her. Before portraying Mera — a queen of the sea and spouse to the titular character played by Jason Momoa — in Aquaman,   she   will first appear   in   Warner Bros.’ impending comic book adaptation   Justice League,   which hits theaters Nov. 17. Show Full Article If her latest Instagram post is any indication, Amber Heard is poised to make waves in the new Aquaman   movie.

’13 Reasons Why’ author explains his approach to writing Clay’s tape

It’s intentional.”
Thirteen Reasons Why (the book) is available for purchase here. It would have totally changed the reading experience in a negative way if all of a sudden you’re disgusted with this person you’ve been following so closely.”

Asher adds, “I know a lot of people talk about how they’ll start having a really strong reaction to what Hannah’s saying and then all of a sudden Clay will have the same reaction. Upon reaching the side involving him, it is revealed that Clay (who was in love with Hannah), is innocent and is only featured because she had thought he was the nicest person she’d known and had wished she’d had more time with him because she’d also had feelings for him. 13 Reasons Why (the series)   is streaming on Netflix. However, as the story unfolds and Hannah reveals how each person mentioned in the tapes is responsible for her death, the audience and Clay himself begin to question what it is that he could have done that may have contributed to this tragic outcome. “Clay is also the eyes and ears for the reader. I realized, obviously, that that’s what people are going to be waiting for.”
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So why did he take a more positive approach to Clay’s appearance on the tapes, unlike the   reasons we learn about some of the teen’s   high school classmates? Show Full Article “When I first started writing Clay’s character, I didn’t even know what he was going to do,” Jay Asher tells EW. “I knew the 12 other reasons, but I didn’t know his. “One, if what he did was really bad, the second he got the tapes he would go, ‘I know I’m on here.’ There goes all the suspense,” explains the best-selling author. That’s the person you’re connecting with. Thirteen Reasons Why takes readers (and now, viewers) and its central character, Clay Jensen,   through the 13 reasons why Hannah Baker committed suicide — as narrated by the dead teen herself on a set of seven audiotapes (or 13 sides). Asher says there are two motives.

‘Moonlight,’ ‘Transparent’ among film, TV winners at GLAAD Media Awards

Kolzak Award. pic.twitter.com/oDeQjf4uaP
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) April 2, 2017

The 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards will air a pre-recorded version on Logo this Thursday, April 6 at 10 p.m. Mary J. Other winners throughout the evening included Patricia   Arquette, who was presented   with a Vanguard prize, and pop star Troye Sivan, who took the Stephen F. The Academy’s most recent best picture winner isn’t done reaping industry accolades just yet. Per The Hollywood Reporter,   check out a full list of GLAAD Media Award winners below. pic.twitter.com/msrGRtBRj3
— GLAAD (@glaad) April 2, 2017

Chris Kelly’s emotional Sundance weeper Other People — starring Molly Shannon as a cancer-stricken woman   coping with her disease and her son’s sexuality inspired by the writer-director’s own mother — took the outstanding limited release prize over fellow competitors The Handmaiden, Naz & Maalik, Spa Night, and Those People. An   east coast edition is scheduled to take place May 6   at the Hilton Midtown in New York City. Studios) (WINNER)
All-New X-Men, written by Dennis Hopeless (Marvel Comics)
Black Panther, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Marvel Comics)
DC Comics Bombshells, written by Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics)
Kim & Kim, written by Magdalene Visaggio (Black Mask Studios)
Love is Love, anthology originated by Marc Andreyko (IDW Publishing, DC Comics)
Lumberjanes, written by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (BOOM! Congratulations to the @moonlightmov team on the well deserved #glaadawards win! Vaughan (Image Comics)

Spanish-Language Winners
Outstanding Music Artist — Kany Garcia,   Limonada   (Sony Music Latin)
Outstanding Local TV Journalism — “A la calle por quien soy” Noticias 34 (KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Angles])
Outstanding Newspaper Article — “Las discretas batallas LGBTI ganadas en Guatemala” by Sonia Perez D. Studios)
Midnighter / Midnighter and Apollo, written by Steve Orlando (DC Comics)
Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!, written by Kate Leth (Marvel Comics)
Saga, written by Brian K. ET. After pulling off a stunning, statistically unlikely upset over La La Land at February’s 89th Oscars, Moonlight has triumphed with yet another awards body, this time nabbing the GLAAD Media Awards’ top movie honor at Saturday’s ceremony in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards ceremony was emceed by comedian   Cameron Esposito. Outstanding Film (Wide Release)

Moonlight   (A24) (WINNER)
Star Trek Beyond   (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Film (Limited Release)

Other People   (Vertical Entertainment) (WINNER)
The Handmaiden   (Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures)
Naz & Maalik   (Wolfe Releasing)
Spa Night   (Strand Releasing)
Those People   (Wolfe Releasing)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Transparent   (Amazon) (WINNER)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine   (FOX)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend   (The CW)
Grace and Frankie   (Netflix)
Modern Family   (ABC)
One Mississippi   (Amazon)
The Real O’Neals   (ABC)
Steven Universe   (Cartoon Network)
Survivor’s Remorse   (Starz)
Take My Wife   (Seeso)

Outstanding Drama Series

Shadowhunters   (Freeform) (WINNER)
The Fosters   (Freeform)
Grey’s Anatomy   (ABC)
Hap and Leonard   (SundanceTV)
How to Get Away with Murder   (ABC)
The OA   (Netflix)
Orphan Black   (BBC America)
Shameless   (Showtime)
Supergirl   (The CW)
Wynonna Earp   (Syfy)

Outstanding Individual Episode
(in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)

“San Junipero”   Black Mirror   (Netflix) (WINNER)
“Attention Deficit”   The Loud House   (Nickelodeon)
“Bar Fights”   Drunk History   (Comedy Central)
“Johnson & Johnson”   Black-ish   (ABC)
“Vegan Cinderella”   Easy   (Netflix)

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series

Eyewitness   (USA Network) (WINNER)
London Spy   (BBC America)
Looking: The Movie   (HBO)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again   (FOX)
Vicious: The Finale   (PBS)

Outstanding Daily Drama

The Bold and The Beautiful   (CBS) (WINNER)

Outstanding Comic Book

The Woods, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! The Barry Jenkins-directed drama, about a young, gay boy emotionally and sexually maturing on the streets of Miami as he grows into   adulthood, beat out Star Trek Beyond   as the only other competitor in the wide release category, which spotlights major productions that fairly represent characters from the LGBT community. Blige presented the Moonlight team with the honor. Thank you @glaad #GLAADAwards @sarahkateellis For such a beautiful night with inspirational activists! On the television side, perennial awards contender Transparent   earned the GLAAD Media Award for outstanding comedy series, an award it previously won in 2015. (Associated Press)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article — “6 mujeres transgenero exitosas que rompen moldes en America Latina” by Leire Ventas (BBCMundo.com)
Special Recognition

Her Story   (HerStoryShow.com) (WINNER)
We’ve Been Around   (WeveBeenAround.com) (WINNER)
Sin Ir Mas Lejos   by Gema Corredera (WINNER)

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Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard on the violence in ‘Big Little Lies’

And I would go home and have a shower or have a bath and I would weep,” she says. Plus, I had a big target,” she says, laughing. “My aim had to be so accurate.”
She went on to break down how that scene actually worked. I thought, Oh my gosh, what is happening to me? “There were days and days of doing a lot of aggressive, really violent scenes. While that allowed a lot of freedom for the actors, it also meant they were doing the complete scenes over and over again. But I was thinking, oops. “I would say, ‘Yeah, yeah, don’t worry. “Those days were horrible,” says Skarsgard. She howled with laughter at the news. We will be posting their full interviews after the show airs, but we wanted to give you some highlights ahead of time. And we’d check in with each other and make sure everything was okay. “And then one day, I just got a rock and I threw it through a glass door! The Big Little Lies finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. “But having a partner like Nicole was extraordinary. I must had a lot of pent-up [stress] because I was trying to hold it all in.”
Skarsgard adds that the violent scenes were really tough to shoot. ET on HBO. Show Full Article And then we’d check in again at the end of the day because it’s tough to do that for 8-10 hours and then jump in your car and go home to your family. We had an opportunity to get to know each other and build trust. Per director Jean-Marc Vallee’s style, the scenes were shot from beginning to end with no break. Kidman admits that filming the violence affected her in ways she wasn’t prepared for. “No Way!” she exclaimed. I do play tennis so I knew that I’d be okay. “Alex would say, ‘Are you sure you know exactly what your mark is that you’re hitting,” she says with a laugh. Kidman, for one, was surprised when she found out Skarsgard’s big reveal in episode 6 generated Internet memes and even screenshots. “Well, it was a strange scene,” she admitted. In advance of tonight’s finale, we talked to Big Little Lies stars Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard. They are also thrilled the show has generated so much attention. It’s intense.”
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But the two are also very proud of the work and the light it shined on domestic abuse.

Box office report: ‘The Boss Baby’ dethrones ‘Beauty and the Beast’

With a further $67 million pouring in from overseas audiences, Beauty and the Beast has made an astounding $876 million worldwide, cementing it as the year’s top-earning picture both in North America and internationally. Check out the March 31 – April 2 weekend box office estimates below. Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Buscemi, and Tobey Maguire, the film follows a   suit-wearing infant who   teams   with his older brother to   foil an evil CEO’s nefarious plot. “We’re very happy with our opening weekend, having a more limited title open in the top 10 is a great accomplishment!” Focus Features’   head of distribution, Lisa Bunnell, said of Zookeeper‘s   performance via statement. Anne Marie Fox
Rounding out the top 10 is Focus’ Niki Caro-directed historical drama   The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as   Antonina   Zabinski, a Polish zookeeper who saved hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion   in WWII-era Warsaw. Playing at 3,440 sites, the film averaged a so-so $5,523 and a B-grade on CinemaScore. Holdovers occupy the remaining slots in the top five, including Power Rangers — which dips a harsh 64 percent to $14.5 million over   its second outing — and Kong: Skull Island. 3 with a muted $19 million is Paramount’s take on the popular Japanese animation series Ghost in the Shell. 2 across its third week in wide release, Disney’s Bill Condon-directed adaptation of Beauty and the Beast   adds a healthy estimated $47.5 million to its growing total, which sits   at $395.5 million domestically to date. The King Kong franchise entry sheds 40 percent of its audience for a fourth weekend total of $8.8 million, bringing its North American haul to $147.8 million thus far. The $110 million blockbuster   features Scarlett Johannson as an anti-cyberterrorism cyborg. Overperforming from Friday through Sunday, the film took an estimated $3.3 million from 541 theaters, averaging a healthy $6,191 per location. “The film played extremely well with our core audience — exit polls were huge with over 90 percent of the audience rating the film in the top two boxes — as a result we’ve decided to expand faster than originally planned. While its domestic numbers aren’t spectacular, films like this are designed to perform much better overseas, so it can’t be labeled a flop just yet; the female-fronted actioner Resident Evil: The Final Chapter   made a paltry $26.8 million stateside in January, though its worldwide total has continued to climb past   the $300 million mark well into spring. Falling to No. 1 – The Boss Baby – $49 million
2 – Beauty and the Beast – $47.5 million
3 – Ghost in the Shell – $19 million
4 – Power Rangers – $14.5 million
5 – Kong: Skull Island – $8.8 million
6 – Logan – $6.2 million
7 – Get Out – $5.8 million
8 – Life – $5.6 million
9 – CHIPS   – $4 million
10 – The Zookeeper’s Wife – $3.3 million

Show Full Article Adult audiences are looking for films with a great story and strong performances and   The Zookeeper’s Wife   delivers.”
Per comScore, overall box office is up around 5 percent from the same frame last year. According to   the industry tracking   analysts at comScore,   The Boss Baby‘s Friday grosses also helped solidify March 2017’s record as   the month’s best performer ever, tallying over $1 billion in ticket sales for the first time in history. After two straight weeks of putting in the work to see   Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, audiences have hired a replacement box office champion in Fox’s The Boss Baby. The decision has prompted Focus to roll out plans to expand the film to more theaters faster than initially anticipated. Ghost in the Shell   currently occupies approximately 78 percent of its planned international footprint, so expect it to earn a great deal beyond the $40.1 million it earned from foreign countries this weekend. Though it failed to drum up much excitement from movie critics, The Boss Baby notched an impressive A- grade on CinemaScore from polled moviegoers, who drove the film to a $12,987 per-screen average from 3,773 locations — the highest of the week. Around $1.171 billion worth of audiences went to see movies on domestic screens between March 1-31 — an uptick of 23.4 percent from the previous record of $949.1 million posted in 2016. The animated family comedy dethrones the reigning champion, posting an estimated $49 million — a figure nearly   $20 million higher than industry expectations initially projected   — over its first three days in theaters. Debuting at No.

Bob Dylan finally accepts Nobel Literature prize

[Dylan was]   a very nice, kind man,” Ostergren told the news agency. Ambassador to Sweden — read a heartfelt acceptance speech the 75-year-old “Like a Rolling Stone” performer penned for attendees. #ButDoesThisMeanICanWinAGrammy?”

Show Full Article “From an early age, I’ve been familiar with and reading and absorbing the works of those who were deemed worthy of such a distinction: Kipling, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Pearl Buck, Albert Camus, Hemingway. The   Nobel Prize’s website   additionally confirmed. So, meh.”
My Sister’s Keeper author Jodi Picoult later joked: “I’m happy for Bob Dylan. That I now join the names on such a list is truly beyond words.”
While the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy’s decision to honor Dylan’s work over the literary contributions of more traditional writers didn’t sit well with contemporary authors. Dylan   was scheduled to perform a concert later that night, and the meeting took place at a hotel next   to the venue. “I’m sorry I can’t be with you in person, but please know that I am most definitely with you in spirit and honored to be receiving such a prestigious prize. “It went very well indeed. “People could have been introduced to Marias or Ngugi or Yan Lianke or Solstad or Ugresic instead of confirming their Dylan love. “This feels like the lamest Nobel win since they gave it to Obama for not being Bush,”   Hari Kunzru, writer of   Gods Without Men, tweeted last year. Being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature is something I never could have imagined or seen coming,” he wrote. All of the worldwide hoopla over Bob Dylan’s winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature came down to one small, intimate gathering in Stockholm where, after   missing the   formal Nobel Prize ceremony in December, the music legend   finally accepted his medal and diploma   at a muted event in the Swedish capital over the weekend. “Stockholm was the first stop on Dylan and his band’s 2017 tour, and the meeting took place in connection with his concert.”

Though Dylan skipped the official awards banquet late last year, where   Patti Smith fronted a musical tribute to his career as a songwriter, Azita Raji — the   U.S. “Bob Dylan received his medal and diploma this weekend during a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy,” the home page reads. These giants of literature whose works are taught in the schoolroom, housed in libraries around the world and spoken of in reverent tones have always made a deep impression. According to the Associated Press, Klas Ostergren — a member of the Swedish Academy, which bestows the Nobel Literature award — said the American singer-songwriter was bestowed with the accolade   during a small gathering Saturday afternoon.

Tina Fey tells white, female Trump voters it will ‘affect you eventually’

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CNN exit polls from the 2016 election show that 44% of white women with a college education voted for Donald Trump. “A lot of this election was turned by white, college educated women who now would maybe like to forget about this election and go back to watching HGTV,” Fey said at a benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union Saturday. Tina Fey urged college-educated women who voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election not to become politically apathetic, even if they want to. “I would want to urge them to like, you can’t look away. This article originally appeared in Time.com

Show Full Article “I will make my own pledge as a college educated women not to look away,” she said. It doesn’t affect you this minute but it’s going to affect you eventually.”
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Fey was discussing ways women could empower themselves during the Trump era.

‘Black Sails’ EP previews series finale: ‘This was always intended to be a tragedy’

The one thing we felt we didn’t want to leave on the table was to do one in all its glory, so we pulled out all the stops and did the biggest one we could think of.”

Should we worry about any characters breaking our (or their) hearts at some point during the episode? That bloody   Urca gold. ET   on Starz. Flint. Who will end up with that gold? Silver. Is there any hope for Billy Bones? “I think we got this one over the bar too.”
So   does that mean they   got to do   something   in this final episode they   didn’t get to do before? “We’re saying goodbye to some relationships that we, in making the show and the actors in building it, that I think the audience, in going along with it, have   invested in and they were never built to make it to the end of this road. It’s all come down to this, the final episode of Starz’s damn fine pirate drama,   Black Sails. “We’d done ship boardings before, but they’d always been restricted in some way — a restricted point of view or the tactics of it. Will anyone get a happy ever after? As much as we’re not looking forward to saying goodbye to Nassau and its rebellious inhabitants, we   are   curious about how   it will all go down. This was always intended to be a tragedy and I think at a certain   point you have to embrace that and do the best version that you can, so there’s a fair amount of heartbreak — if you’re in the show at this point, there’s a fair amount of heartbreak in the end.”
The series finale of Black Sails   airs Sunday at 9 p.m. Co-showrunner and executive producer Jonathan Steinberg (Jericho,   Human Target)   tells EW   fans should   expect closure, completion, and that we’ll all leave things in a place that feels “gratifying.”
“I think every one of our finales so far has been an exercise for us in how to top the last one, in terms of scope and speed and in terms of fun,” says Steinberg of episode “XXXVIII,” which he also directed. “It’s hard to say,” Steinberg says carefully, avoiding spoilers. Rogers. Show Full Article “There weren’t a lot of things left to do this season,” admits Steinberg.

‘The Mummy’ trailer: Tom Cruise unearths a monster and faces ‘the ultimate evil’

“She’s got plans for you.”
The Mummy is directed by   Alex Kurtzman   as part of Universal’s monster movie universe   and also stars Courtney B. Hell hath no fury like a mummy scorned. Here, the good doctor tells Nick of “the ultimate evil,” an evil that chose him, using Nick to regain her powers. “She will not stop until she has remade our world into her own,” Dr. #TheMummy pic.twitter.com/w4NpaOjyAT
— #TheMummy (@themummy) March 31, 2017

The Mummy is scheduled for release on June 9. Cruise portrays Nick Morton, who helps unearth Ahmanet from her crypt. “You can’t run. Jekyll warns as footage shows Ahmanet   decimating building after building, destroying everything in her path. See the eye-splitting poster below. Universal Pictures unleashed the new trailer for The Mummy and with it comes the apocalyptic wrath of   Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), a vengeful Egyptian princess back from the dead to claim the world as her own. You can’t escape,” Jake Johnson’s   Sgt. Show Full Article Luckily, she’ll have to go through Tom Cruise first. Watch the trailer above. Jekyll   (played by Russell Crowe) and   archeologist Jenny Hasley (Peaky Blinders‘   Annabelle Wallis), he races across the globe to stop   Ahmanet’s power from swallowing the earth. Vail tells Nick, as we see Cruise in all his action star glory in a death-defying underwater chase, car accident, and face-to-face battle with the evil spirit. O.J. As we saw in the first trailer, Nick dies in a plane crash that occurs while trying to transport the mummy, only to return to the land of the living in a surprising resurrection of his own. She will not stop until she has remade our world into her own. Vance (American Crime Story: The People v. With the help of Dr. Simpson).

‘Kingdom’ officially ending after third season

The drama, which premiered on DirecTV in 2014, stars Frank Grillo, Jonathan Tucker, Matt Lauria, Nick Jonas, Kiele Sanchez, and Joanna Going in a story about   a group of MMA fighters in Venice, California. EW has learned exclusively that the upcoming third season will be the show’s last. We could not be more proud to have worked with all of them on such an amazing series.”
Kingdom‘s third and final season premieres Wednesday, May 31 at 8 p.m. We expect season three to be a great one and appreciate the hard work and dedication from creator and showrunner Byron Balasco, as well as the entire cast and crew. ET on AT&T’s Audience Network, AT&T U-verse, and the new streaming service DIRECTV NOW. Kingdom fans have 10 more episodes to say goodbye to Navy St. Show Full Article In July of 2016, it was picked up for its 10-episode third season, which will bring Kingdom to a close. on AT&T Audience Network. The   show garnered critical acclaim after its premiere, quickly earning a second season and a faithful following. AT&T Audience Network and Endemol Shine Studios released a joint statement:
“We are looking forward to the upcoming third and final season of Kingdom, which premieres   on May 31 at 8 p.m.

‘Annabelle 2’ trailer shows ‘Creation’ of the cursed ‘Conjuring’ doll

Director David F. Show Full Article As the story goes, he and his wife take in a nun and a group of   girls several years after the tragic death of their own child, but they’re soon tormented   by their possessed creation. Watch the new trailer above. Annabelle   from   the Conjuring films gets an origin story in the first trailer for Annabelle: Creation, a   sequel to the 2014 horror   spin-off. John R. 11. Leonetti’s Annabelle   picked up with the doll in the 1970s when   a married couple welcomed it into their home, where they were plagued   by horrific supernatural occurrences. James Wan, who helmed The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, worked with Sandberg as a producer on Lights Out before returning   as a producer on Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation. Annabelle: Creation opens in theaters on Aug. Sandberg (Lights Out) goes   back to the dollmaker who assembled the conduit of   demonic activity. The film stars   Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Anne Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee, Tayler Buck, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto.

Stan Sakai previews new Usagi Yojimbo, TMNT crossover — exclusive

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Anything else you can preview about Usagi’s future? Stan Sakai
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This story will come in a special hardcover edition. So I’m happy, I love what I do, and each day I think I get better at doing Usagi. It’s a fold-out, and then if you want to see the whole thing in one long panel you’d probably have to get two copies. It will have thumbnails, my story outline, pretty much the creative process. What have you learned about Usagi over the time you’ve been writing and drawing him? My storytelling has improved, character designs, and overall just the way I tell stories. However, Usagi and Leo, because they both use a sword, have always had a unique relationship. It’s been 20 years since Usagi crossed over with the Turtles in the comic books. That keeps it fresh for me. I think this is a really good story with a lot of action, and I know fans will not be disappointed. In an interview with EW, Sakai discussed his plans for the story and Usagi’s bright future. Usagi’s also crossing over into their animated series, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,   in a three-part story arc. As you said, these are ninjas, versus Usagi who is a samurai. I enjoy doing stories about Japanese culture, history, and folklore. I love the character, I love drawing him, and I look forward to it every day. So he wants the Japanese islands to be destroyed and is preventing them from completing their mission. I’ve always wanted to do a story about that, and when this opportunity with the turtles came about, I thought this would be the perfect time for it because it’s exciting and includes Japanese mythology. A rabbit samurai and turtle ninjas — they seem like they fit together, don’t they? It’s been years since Usagi Yojimbo last encountered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the pages of a comic book, but these anthropomorphic warriors of justice will finally reunite this July in a new comic written and drawn by the legendary creator of Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai himself. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can you preview   what the crossover   will be like? It seems like each story I do can be a springboard for another story. There’s a god, Kashima, who had trapped it, pinned it down with a huge capstone. What’s the dynamic between Usagi and the turtles? When it moves, that’s what causes earthquakes. These are new incarnations of the turtles, so they’re slightly different from what I’m used to drawing. He started about the same time as the Ninja Turtles did. They have different styles, ninja versus samurai, and I had a ball with it. He reasons if he destroys all people, he’ll be destroying evil. I even have a double double-page spread, which is four huge panels of Usagi, the turtles, Jei, and Splinter having a huge fight during an earthquake. What are you most excited for fans to see in the crossover? People have been asking a number of times, when is he going to meet the Turtles again? There’s a lot of Usagi stuff coming out. STAN SAKAI:   The story is called “Namazu.” It’s based upon the folklore of a giant catfish that lives underneath the Japanese islands. It’s just full of fun. How did you decide on using the giant catfish? There’s many theories about what causes them; some have a giant insect or a giant beetle that lives underground, but the catfish seemed the most unique and dynamic. Fans always ask me for a fight between Usagi and Leo, and there is one here. You’re so good at using Japanese myths and tying them into your stories. Oh, okay. He’s a ninja, they’re samurai; he’s unflappable, they’re all over the place. One of my characters called Jei is on a sacred quest to destroy all evil in the world. I’ve been doing Usagi for more than 30 years. Otherwise, it will literally tear the Japanese islands apart. There’s lots of action all the way. It’s fun. There are little things like that. It will also have story notes, background. So they’ve got to reestablish group dynamics, they have to reestablish relationships, and there are suspicions all the way around. Check that out below, along with an interior page from the story, a variant cover drawn by   Mouse Guard‘s David Petersen, and a special bonus drawing of Usagi reading a copy of EW. For one thing, when I turned in the rough copy, my editor said these turtles don’t have tails. My version of Splinter is in this as well. Can you talk about what goodies will be included? Show Full Article I also wanted to do a bibliography of story notes about the earthquake fish. Though Usagi is familiar with the Turtles, he’s not familiar with these   Turtles. Usagi and the Turtles come into possession of a fragment of the capstone, and they have to put the fragments back together to trap the catfish. I’m really blessed because other comic artists don’t have the type of freedom I enjoy. Personally, I like Leo; he’s my favorite. I’ve been really happy this year. The special one-shot story will be available both in standard comic book format and a special hardcover edition. Usagi has met the turtles many times before, but this incarnation of the Turtles is very different since the series has been rebooted. In my story, a piece of the capstone has crumbled off centuries ago, and that has weakened it. Because of that, the catfish has gotten stronger and is able to move a bit more. I came across the story of the catfish early on, about 15 years ago. I own the character so I can do anything I want with him — adventure stories, romance, cultural stories, ghost stories. These four panels connect, so I’ve got to make sure everything is connected to the next page. The hardcover will include the preliminary drawings and notes I had done.