Johnny Depp's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" bombed over the Memorial Day weekend with just $28.1 million through Sunday in North American theaters, while "X-Men: Apocalypse" debuted on top with an estimated $65 million.
Once hoping to be known as Hollywood East, Connecticut is now actively courting the television and digital media industry, working to attract and grow companies that can meet the burgeoning demand for the content used across multiple platforms, from cable TV's TLC to the Internet's YouTube.
Bay St. Louis native Jessica Favre said she has no ambition to be the next Kris Jenner, the popular "momager" and mother to all things Kardashian — Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob, as well as daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
China's largest private property developer, the Wanda Group, opened an entertainment complex on Saturday that it's positioning as a distinctly homegrown rival to Disney and its $5.5 billion Shanghai theme park opening next month.
Director Bryan Singer invigorates his latest X-Men film with vintage 1980s charm in an origin story about how the mutant supergroup unites and divides in response to the villain Apocalypse. And while battles between heroes are an X-Men tradition, warring among the ranks has become a superhero trope this season, at play in both “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
For a brief but dazzling period, from 1947 through 1949, Carol Reed was the director of the moment in the English-speaking world. Two of the films of that era, "Odd Man Out" and "The Third Man," have been widely admired, but the third, 1948's "The Fallen Idol," has been more difficult to experience.
Lady Susan Vernon, the dubious heroine of Jane Austen's 1790s-era novella "Lady Susan," is a very accomplished flirt: the sort, an acquaintance notes, who "does not confine herself to that sort of honest flirtation which satisfies most people, but aspires to the more delicious gratification of making a whole family miserable." She is, in short, someone who would be thoroughly annoying in real life, but quite delightful in fiction - and, in Whit Stillman's sparkling comedy "Love & Friendship," on screen.
The last two "X-Men" movies - "Days of Future Past" (2014) and "First Class" (2011) - were wonderful surprises that didn't conform to the notion that sequels are, more than likely, woefully inferior to the original. Rejuvenating the Marvel franchise with a strong, alternate cast playing youthful versions of the characters turned out to be a stroke of blockbuster inspiration.
If you were casting a supervillain in a comic-book movie, odds are Oscar Isaac wouldn't be the first person you'd think of. Until he broke out to worldwide fame last year in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as ace pilot Poe Dameron - a guy squarely on the light side of the Force - Isaac was best known for his work in heady, small-scale fare like "Inside Llewyn Davis," "A Most Violent Year" and "Ex Machina."
Acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad won Academy Award nominations for his past two features, "Paradise Now" and "Omar," riveting thrillers about the political plight facing many living in the eternally troubled Mideast.
Iran's state news agency is reporting that the cast and crew "The Salesman," which won two prizes at the Cannes film festival this week, have returned to the Iranian capital where they were greeted by crowds of fans.