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No Hit Ever Dies: Cruella, Juno, Saw, Snowpiercer, and Capernaum

Coming Soon Emma Thompson is in talks to join Disney's Cruella movie. No word on what her role is, though, since its Emma Stone playing the title character
Playbill Leos Carax (Holy Motors) begins shooting a movie musical called Annette this summer. Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver star
MNPP Rocketman photocall at Cannes. Fun suit, Taron Egerton
Screen Daily how Nadine Labaki's Capernaum became a major hit in China's growing arthouse cinema market
Variety ...and speaking of. Labaki is working on a documentary on the making of Lebanon's all time biggest hit film

More after the jump including Avengers Endgame, a reboot of Saw, recent Hollywood deaths, and the latest news from Broadway...

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What did you see this weekend?

Weekend Box Office Estimates
May 3rd-5th (ESTIMATES)
๐Ÿ”บ = New or Expanded Theater Count
800+ screens
800 screens or less
Long Shot El Chicano
1 Avengers: Endgame  $145.8 (cum. $619.6) 
1๐Ÿ”บ El Chicano  $700k on 605 screens *NEW* 
2 ๐Ÿ”บ The Intruder $11 *NEW* 
2 ๐Ÿ”บ Amazing Grace $367k on 263 screens (cum. $2.7)
3 ๐Ÿ”บ Long Shot  $10 *NEW* REVIEW
3 ๐Ÿ”บ Red Joan $253k on 139 screens (cum. $527k) DAME JUDI
4 ๐Ÿ”บ Uglydolls  $8.5 *NEW* 
4 The Mustang  $151k on 229 screens (cum. $4.8)
Captain Marvel $4.2 (cum. $420.7) REVIEW
5 ๐Ÿ”บ The White Crow $98k on 19 screens (cum. $210k)


Though they didn't hit the top five among limited releases both Olivier Assayas's Non-Fiction and Zhang Yimou's Shadow opened with decent per screen averages in very limited release so expect them to expand a bit soon. Meanwhile Claire Denis's High Life just crossed the million dollar mark making it her biggest hit in the US since Chocolate back in 1989. 

Avengers Endgame is already the 2nd biggest film of all time globally (not adjusted for inflation) having beaten Titanic's total gross this weekend by just a single million at this writing. Only Avatar remains to be conquered. 


Links: Anjelica Huston's Life, Magic Mike's Postponement, Madonna's Holograms

The Week's Must Read
Anjelica Huston interview in Vulture -Many great quotes. So much IDGAF mixing with caring about her career in interesting ways. And her tongue is so sharp and she's so candid I am forced to order her autobiography "Watch Me"

More links after the jump involving Mean Girls, casting news, Avengers Endgame, new series in development, and the Billboard Music Awards...

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"Endgame" breaks all the records. Is counterprogramming dead?

What did you see over the weekend? Or perhaps we should ask "Were you part of the record 1.2 billion global haul of Avengers Endgame?" Yes, we're living in the capitalist end times when one corporation (Disney) will soon control the entire world. Or 50% of showbusiness soon. With that in mind let's look at everything in wide release (that's only 13 films and just barely that with Endgame on 4661 screens) and their limited/platform counterparts... 

Weekend Box Office (Actuals)
April 26th-28th 
๐Ÿ”บ = new or expanded theater counts
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Avengers Endgame $357.1 on 4662 screens *NEW*
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Amazing Grace $519k on 245 screens (cum. $2.1)

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Beauty vs Beast: Pre Endgame

Jason Adams from MNPP here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" -- a little movie called Avengers: Endgame will be hitting a couple of screens this weekend (we count Thursday nights are "the weekend" now in blockbuster world) with the blunt force of a megaton bomb; this time next week it'll be nothing but breathless box office masticating and eulogies for the fallen. So today, in the ever so brief calm before that oblivion, let's look back at last year's Infinity War appetizer and face down the great big goof heard round the galaxy -- that time Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) let his emotions get the best of him and let Thanos (Josh Brolin) live to snap another day... 


PREVIOUSLY While every week is a good week to be Emma Thompson Week last week we made it official in honor of her 60th birthday, and the Merchant Ivory character to top them all turned out to be, with 68% of your vote, Margaret from Howard's End. Said Marsha Mason:

"Remains of the Day is the better film imo, but her performance in Howards End sticks with me a little more."


The Once and Future Link

/Film Tom Hanks to play Elvis Presley's shady manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming Elvis biopic. Thankfully Baz is looking for a complete unknown for Elvis himself
Towleroad this is awesome. Gay rights hero Harvey Milk is now on the tail fits of Norwegian Airlines. And to think he can't even get a national holiday in the US. We are so behind sometimes!
Shadowplay some fun thoughts on John Boorman's Excalibur as "The Ridiculous"
• MNPP "do dump or marry" Matrix anniversary edition

More after the jump including the awesomeness of Eva Green, the fate of X-Men movies, an Alien high school production, and filmmaker interviews...

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