In a 2005 episode of Entourage a super-agent played by Malcolm McDowell tells Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold that his eight-year-old daughter knew that Johnny Depp was going to be a star when she watched Platoon.You showed her 'Platoon' when she was eight years old? the hyper-caffinated Gold asks incredulously.The joke may be about bad parenting, but the reality is that Depp was marked for stardom by Hollywood almost from the time he first turned heads in the Vietnam drama. After a brief detour into teen heartthrob-dom with the TV show 21 Jump Street, Depp began justifying that initial enthusiasm, amassing well received turns in the likes of Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands.The movie industry was so convinced that the actor possessed that rare alchemy of talent and charisma that marks a true star, that it stuck by Depp for over a decade until he found his box office footing. Finally, with 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean, Depp made good on that faith, scoring a global blockbuster and earning an Oscar nomination to boot.He quickly rose to the top of the A-list. His friendships with Hunter S. Thompson and Marlon Brando, fascination with pop culture flotsam and penchant for fedoras marked him as the most fascinating of the movie business' biggest names. Stardom seemed a lark for him; a grand caper he couldn't quite believe he pulled off.Along with hits like Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he offered glossy magazines good copy. He owned a country estate in France, an island in the Bahamas and dugBaudelaire -- a trifecta guaranteed to leave Graydon Carter inflamed.But with this failure of Alice Through the Looking Glass this weekend and a tabloid-ready divorce from Amber Heard dominating airwaves, moviegoers may be growing tired of the actor. As Deadline's Anthony D'Alessandronotes, 35% of people cited Depp as the major reason for seeing Through the Looking Glass. Five years ago, 51% of moviegoers said the star was the reason they saw its predecessor, Alice in Wonderland. It's a signal thatDepp'sreign, which lasted for much of the early aughts, could be nearing its end.There have been flops aplenty. Transcendence and Mortdecai didn't just bomb, they were excoriated by critics. Lone Ranger, a $225 million disaster that allowed Depp to fulfill a childhood fantasy of wearing a dead bird on his head, ranks alongside Ishtar and Heaven's Gate as one of the film industry's biggest disasters. And Black Mass, with Depp's chameleonic turn as Whitey Bulger, reminded audiences of his shape-shifting talent, but cost too much and made too little. Plus, Depp's lack of campaigning for awards contributed to a snub at Oscar time.Into the Woods was a hit, but Depp's work as the Wolf barely registered as a cameo, and wasn't heavily emphasized in marketing materials. Aside from that it's been a stream of duds and disappointments.More damaging than the grosses, is that what made Depp so memorable and arresting -- his rock star outfits, affected voice and scenery chewing performances -- now feels tired. Depp still has the ability to break the internet. Witness the media furor over his legal headaches for sneaking his dogs into Australia. However, when it came to his bizarre, hostage-like video apology for violating the country's laws, people were laughing at Depp and not with him.His divorce from Heard could further erode his standing. The actress is claiming Depp physically abused her and was dependent on drugs and alcohol. Photos showing Heard's bruised face have already appeared online. In the case of Alice Through the Looking Glass, which was pitched at female audiences, the images may have depressed turnout.Attorneys for the actor counter that the allegationshave no merit and are an attempt to securea premature financial resolution. Yet, in the social media age, when stars' personal lives and careers collapse on each other, scandals can do lasting damage to reputations.Stardom is always ephemeral. Many actors are lucky to spend a decade topping casting lists. Now, the immediacy of Twitter and Facebook is acting as a double-edged sword. It magnifies an actor's virtues, propelling them into the popular consciousness, but if they stumble, the blowback is savage and unrelenting.Like his idol, Brando, Depp could rebound. In the early '70s, Brando was so out of favor that he had to submit to a screen test to win the part of Don Corleone. That led to an Oscar for The Godfather and another nomination for Last Tango in Paris; two films that cemented his legacy.Depp is a fantastic actor, thus will always have a draw with the right project, said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. He needs to do what he always does...another pirate adventure and another team-up with his creative twin, Tim Burton.Looking ahead, Depp is following part of that advice to the letter. He will return for a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean and has signed on for a remake of Invisible Man, both of which could score commercially.Depp will also have to prove that he still has what it takes to astound audiences -- not because of his off-screen antics or bizarre costume choices, but with the intensity of his talent. That won't be satisfied with another stint as Capt. Jack Sparrow. It may require facing the camera without the crutch of a gonzo hair style or an ocean of mascara.Audiences want to see the 'Donnie Brasco' Johnny Depp or the 'Blow' Johnny Depp, said PaulDergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. They want him to play a real character again.Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the actor playing the super agent in Entourage."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/box-office/johnny-depp-box-office-1201785126/
     ROME --Giorgio Albertazzi, the lionlike actor and director who was a leading light of the Italian stage for more than six decades but is best known to global French film lovers for playing the seducer with an Italian accent simply called X in Alain Resnais’ 1961 now classic “Last Year at Marienbad,” died Saturday in his native Tuscany.He was 92.The son of a bricklayer, Albertazzi was born in Fiesole, near Florence, where he studied acting and made his stage debut in 1949 with a small part in Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Troilus and Cressida,” directed by Luchino Visconti. He broke out on the international theatre scene in 1964 playing the lead in “Hamlet” at London’s The Old Vic Theatre directed by Franco Zeffirelli, one of his many Shakespearean roles over the years.More recently Albertazzi toured internationally playing the emperor in the stage adaptation of Marguerite Yourcenar’s “Memories of Hadrian,” directed by Maurizio Scaparro, which ran for more than one thousand performances after bowing in 1989.Albertazzi, who first played Hadrian when he was 66, often said he felt a particularly close connection to this role, especially as it related to the process of growing oldDoing it, I also speak of myself, Albertazzi told Rome daily Il Messaggero when he was 90. After all, I feel — a lot — the end of beauty that is consumed, that runs through the text, that seizes the moment in which the harmony of body and mind breaks and enters in conflict. “While trying to keep myself out of it, I think about all the people I saw ageing, and the loss of youth which I loved so much.”Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi hailed Albertazzi as a great personality of our culture. President Sergio Mattarella described him as a maestro to generations of directors and actors.Besides being a protagonistof the Italian theatre sceneAlbertazzi was also among its outspoken critics.“Theater based on a well-written (local) play has been virtually dead around here for 20 years,” he lamented toVariety in a 2005 interview, two years after beingappointed artistic director of Rome’s Teatro di Roma, the Eternal City’s principal playhouse which includes the innovative Teatro India outpost.That didn’t keep Albertazzi from working in Italy well into his 90’s in a wide range of capacities.In 2006, aged 83, he performed the 26th canto of Dante's The Divine Comedy, also known as the Ulysses canto, during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics held in Turin.In 2009 Albertazzi played the lead in the play by Sophocles “Oedipus at Colonus,” directed by prominent Polish film and theatre director Krzystof Zanussi, which was performed in the ancient greek theatre in Siracusa, Sicily.In 2014, aged 91, he was a contestant on the Italian version “Dancing With the Stars,” on pubcaster Rai’s Rai 1 flagship station, becoming the global hit TV reality show’s oldest star anywhere around the world.And in 2015 he played Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” at Rome’s Teatro Ghione.He was the greatest Italian actor, said Gigi Proietti who directed Albertazzi in Falstaff. The public knew that very well, and he, too, was conscious of having the task of being the last of the greats [of the 900's]. But always with a desire to experiment.Albertazzi is survived by his wife Pia de' Tolomei."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/global/italian-stage-and-screen-actor-giorgio-albertazzi-dead-at-92-1201785106/
     Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who directed the last two James Bond films, Spectre and Skyfall, is done with the 007 franchise.“It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” Mendes said at the Hay festival, according to The Guardian. “But I think it’s time for somebody else.”I’m a storyteller,” he added. “And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”It's unclear whether star Daniel Craig will return for MGM and Sony's next installment. Rumors have swirled about his potential replacement, the most prominent names being Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Jamie Bell.“It’s not a democracy,” he said. “Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story.”It was Broccoli, the veteran producer of the series, who picked Craig, a lesser-known actor at the time who had zero support, Mendes pointed out.The director's two Bond films, released in 2012 and 2015, grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide at the box office."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/sam-mendes-wont-direct-the-next-james-bond-film-1201785031/
     Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials star Rosa Salazar haslandedthe lead in James Cameron's adaptation of Battle AngelAlita.Salazar will portray a 26th century cyborg who's rescued from a scrapyard and put back together. Her character Alita, who only remembers her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior whotracks down vicious criminals.Robert Rodriguez isdirecting the film.Hiscredits include El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City and the Spy Kids films.Cameron and Landau, who will produce for Fox under their Lightstorm Entertainment banner, are also currently in pre-production on four Avatar sequels.Alita: Battle Angel is expected to have a budget between $175 million and $200 million. Salazar is the first cast member to be annouced.In addition to The Scorch Trials, Salazar starred opposite Shailene Woodley in Insurgent and will appear in Dax Shepard's Chips. She's repped by Paradigm and Nelson Davis.The casting of Salazar was first reported by Collider."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/james-cameron-alita-battle-angel-rosa-salazar-1201784697/
     In Hollywood to promote the second annual Indywood Film Carnival, filmmaker Sohan Roy S.K., CEO of Dubai-based Aries Group, brought a wide-ranging delegation.Promoted as “the largest celebration of film ever produced in India,” the event will include the All Lights India Intl. Film Festival, the Indywood Film Market, conferences, panel discussions and workshops. The carnival, supported by the state government of Telangana and patronized by the chief minister of the state K. Chandrashekar Rao, will be held Sept. 24-27 at Ramoji Film City.In a press conference held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel that featured Satish Chandran, executive VP of Aries Group; John Dohm, senior VP, operations, finance and IT, RealD; and Greg Agostinelli, vice president, Epica, Los Angeles, Roy also introduced the Indywood Project.The Indywood Project consists of 100 targeted goals including: revamping existing theaters and studios, anti-piracy drives and a tax reduction at 10 select shooting locations. The $10 billion project is driven by 2,000 corporate firms and Indian billionaires, and aims to integrate and revamp the Indian film industry over next five years. The revitalization of the film industry includes the launch of 10,000 4K multiplex screens, development of film studios, the creation of state-of- the-art animation and visual effects facilities, and film schools.Launched last year All Lights India Intl. Film Festival featured world premieres of films representing more than 100 countries, and the Indywood Film Market, for international films seeking access to the Indian market and Indian films seeking global distribution.“Young people are the gateway,” Roy said. “Focusing on the next generation will change the mindset of the filmmaking community.”Pictured: Sohan Roy S.K., left, with guests."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/asia/india-group-promotes-indywood-film-carnival-1201784074/
     Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight, Brittany Curran, Carlos Knight and Akemi Look are joining The Man From Earth: Holocene, a sequel to 2007's sci-fier The Man From Earth.David Lee Smith, who portrayed the lead character John Oldman, and William Katt will return. The storyline for the sequel is being kept under wraps until the film's release in 2017.The 2007 original, penned by sci-fi writer/author Jerome Bixby, centered on a college professor who's actually a centuries-old caveman. Richard Schenkman is returning to direct with shooting starting next week in Southern California.The original script was the last work from Bixby, best known for his 1953 story It's a Good Life, which was the basis for a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone and was included in Twilight Zone: The Movie. He also wrote four episodes for the Star Trek series and co-wrote the story upon which the movie Fantastic Voyage was based.The Man From Earth made its debut at the 2007 Comic-Con, then hit the festival circuit before being released by Starz/Anchor Bay Entertainment.People have been asking for this since the first movie became a viral phenomenon, Schenkman said. Over the years, I've spent time developing this property with the ultimate goal of creating a long-form series. I've had a lot of help from a number of really talented people, and stunning support from fans all over the world. It's been a long road, but now that we're about to start shooting, I could not be more excited.Schenkman and Eric D. Wilkinson are producing the sequel. Schenkman is directing from a script he co-wrote with Jerome Bixby's son, Emerson Bixby, who also serves as executive producer through his Falling Sky Entertainment Banner. The Man From Earth: Holocene is based on a story by Schenkman and Wilkinson.Schenkman's credits include A Diva's Christmas Carol, starring Williams, and The Pompatus of Love, starring Jon Cryer and Kristin Scott Thomas. Williams starred in the seventh and eighth seasons of Desperate Housewives and in Ugly Betty.Knight's credits include 17 Again, Sonny With a Chance and Melissa  Joey. Curran starred in Dear White People."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/vanessa-williams-sterling-knight-man-from-earth-2-1201784728/
     Molly Shannon didn’t make it onto “Saturday Night Live” the first time she auditioned, but when she got her chance five years later, she didn’t let it get away. This was one of the many reveals at “An Afternoon With Molly Shannon” held at the Seattle International Film Festival on Sunday.Shannon was at the festival with two films; “Miles,” which screened earlier in the day, and “Other People,” which screened immediately following the conversation between Shannon and Variety editor Jenelle Riley. “Miles,” in which Shannon plays the mother of a teen boy who joins the girls’ volleyball team in hopes of a scholarship, made its world premiere at SIFF. “Other People” premiered at Sundance earlier in the year, where Shannon earned raves as a woman dying of cancer whose son (Jesse Plemons) moves home to care for her.Shannon noted that “Other People” might be her most challenging role to date; though it has humor, the majority of her scenes are dramatic. She added that she tends to approach comedy and drama in the same manner, looking for the “emotional truth” in every role. As a mother of two young children, the actress said she related to her character and the strength of a mother’s love.The tribute to Shannon kicked off with an introduction by SIFF Festival Director and Chief Curator Carl Spence and a clip reel that featured many of her well-known roles, starting with Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher from the 1999 movie “Superstar.” The character was first seen in Shannon’s stage show, then on “Saturday Night Live” beginning in 1995. Shannon revealed that the first time she was set to perform the character, in an episode hosted by Gabriel Byrne, the sketch was buried at the end of the show in dress rehearsal. “I felt like they didn’t really get it, it was hard to see on the written page,” Shannon recalled. “But we did it at the run-through and we were last. And after the run-through, we were moved to the top of the show!”That success led to other memorable characters, such as 50-and-proud Sally O’Malley, a fan favorite. In fact, throughout the afternoon, many people tried to get Shannon to do Sally’s trademark kicks but she demurred, noting that she’d be up for it if she wasn’t wearing a dress.The Seattle International Film Festival continues through June 12 and will feature premieres, QAs, panels and keynote speakers. “A Tribute to Viggo Mortensen” will take place June 11, followed by a screening of his film “Captain Fantastic.”"        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/vpage/molly-shannon-snl-mary-katherine-gallagher-1201784755/
     Callan Mulvey, Tyson Ritter, Mark Kassen and Juston Street are starring in the independent dystopian drama Desolate, Variety has learned exclusively.Frederick Cipoletti is directing from a script he co-wrote with Jonathan Rosenthal. The film is produced by Rosenthal, Cipoletti and Jordan Foley.The story is centered around a family of farmers living in a dystopian future where a severe drought is forcing people off of their land. A criminal has moved in to take advantage of the minimal remaining resources, kidnapping women and killing anyone who stands in its way.Will Brittain, Natasha Bassett, James Russo, Bill Tangradi and Jonathan Rosenthal are also starring. The four-week shoot is taking place in Gilroy and the Central Valley area of California with production wrapping Friday.Mulvey has appeared in 300: Rise of an Empire, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ritter is the lead guitarist of the rock band The All-American Rejects.Mulvey, Ritter, Kassen and Street are repped by CAA."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/callan-mulvey-tyson-ritter-movie-desolate-1201784781/
     Amber Heard detailed herhusband Johnny Depp's history of drug and alcohol abuse, saying that she feared for her safety in papers filed during her appearance in Los Angeles County Court early Friday morning.I am extremely afraid of Johnny and for my safety, the actress said in her declaration for a restraining order, which was temporarily granted against the Pirates of the Caribbean star for 100 days.The documents allege a disturbing history of extreme anger, violent outbursts and substanceabuse by the 52 year-old actor, describing in detail two violent incidents including the Saturday night altercation that she said led to her bruised cheek. Heardstated that in addition to a restraining order, that Depp should be required to enroll in treatment foranger management and for batterers.His relationship with reality oscillates, she stated, Depending on his interaction with alcohol and drugs.Johnny has a long-held and widely-acknowledged public and private history of drug and alcohol abuse, she said,He has a short fuse. He is often paranoid and his temper is exceptionally scary.The Los Angeles Police Department investigated the second incident detailed in Heard's request but found no evidence of domestic assault. Heard also declined to file a criminal report that night, May 21, according to a spokesman for the LAPD.Heard, who provided photos of her bruised face to the judge, said one of Depp's outbursts happened during an April birthday celebration at their condo in Downtown L.A.'s Eastern Columbia building.On Saturday, April 21, 2016, I celebrated my birthday with friends and family at the (Downtown LA) residence. As everyone was preparing to leave, Johnny showed up inebriated and high. After my guests left, Johnny and I had a discussion about his absence from my birthday celebration which deteriorated into a bad argument that started with Johnny throwing a magnum size bottle of champagne against the wall and a wine glass on me and the floor.Johnny was also screaming and threatening me, taunting for me to stand up. After several minutes, Johnny stormed out of the condominium, not before tossing aside and breaking nearly everything in his path. I did not see him for another month, the declaration read.Depp and his lawyer argued that Heard's request was motivated by a financial settlement in their divorce case and in response to the negative media attention she received following the announcement of their separation earlier this week.Not only are such matters devoid of any exigency, but they are also wildly premature, his team added. This case commenced this week.Heard filed for divorce from the actor on Sunday, the day after the argument during whichDepp wound up his arm like a baseball pitcher and threw his iPhone at her, strikingher cheek and eye with great force, she stated,The next time I saw him was on May 21, 2016. He arrived at the (Downtown LA) residence at approximately 7:15pm. He was inebriated and high...When Johnny arrived at first, we were having a peaceful conversation in our living room about his mother's passing as I tried to comfort him while we sat on the couch. Suddenly he began obsessing about something that was untrue and his demeanor changed dramatically. He became extremely angry. I tried to calm Johnny down by calling one of his trusted employees to alleviate his misplaced concerns, but it did not work.Johnny was becoming increasingly enraged. I began to have concerns for my safety and sent a text to my friend Raquel was in the condominium next door. I texted her and told her to come over. As Johnny continued to rant in an aggressive and incoherent manner, he then demanded we call our friend Tillet Wright (iO) to prove his paranoid and irrational accusations about delusion he was having.As my call to iO went through on speaker phone, Johnny ripped the cell phone from my hand and began screaming profanities and insults at iO. I heard iO yell at me to get out of the house. Johnny then grabbed the cell phone, wound up his arm like a baseball pitcher and threw the cell phone at me striking my cheek and with great force.I immediately covered my face and was crying because of the pain resulting from the phone hitting me. Johnny charged at me, insisting on seeing my face. He taunted me, challenged whether or not the cell phone actually hit me. He then forceably pulled back my hair as attempted to stand up from the sofa. I then yelled out 'Call 911' hoping it would be heard by iO who was still on the phone. Johnny continued screaming at me, pulling my hair, striking me and violently grabbing my face.Raquel entered the condominium using the key i had previously provided to her. Ithen escaped Johnny's grasp as he momentarily seemed distracted by Raquel's entrance.Johnny then charged me again after I had moved to the other side of the room.Raquel ran in between us and begged Johnny to stop. He then slapped away her arms that she had extended in a defensive manner and continued to yell obscenities at her and retreated to the couch. Raquel then came over to cover me in a protective posture. while Johnny then picked up the magnum size bottle of wine he had been drinking out of and he started swinging it around, smashing everything he could.Johnny then stormed at me once again, demanding that I get up and stand. He did this about ten times -- getting closer to me, louder and more threatening each time. Johnny's security team, that included, Judge Jerry, entered the condominium at this time, but they stood back without saying or doing anything. I yelled to Jerry to please help me and told him that if Johnny hit me one more time I was going to call the police.Ii heard Jerry say, 'Boss, Please.'But Johnny continued screaming and breaking things, finally leaving the condominium.As Johnny went down the hallway, he smashed another bottle of wine and then went into the adjoining condominium unit I use as my office, painting studio and closet I could hear him destroying items of my personal property as he continued screaming.Joshua and Raquel took me into their condominium for safety. Eventually I did not hear Johnny any more.Heard's friend Raquel Pennington also provided a statement, saying. I ran over and stood in between Johnny and Amber, begging Johnny to stop yelling at her. I put my hands out in a defensive manner motioning him to stop. Johnny slapped my hands away and screamed foul obscenities at me. I then tried to covered Amber up with my body to protect her from him.Johnny picked up a magnum size bottle of wine and began swinging it like abaseball bat. Wine was flying all over the walls.The next hearing on the case is set for June 17."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/amber-heard-johnny-depp-anger-drugs-1201784826/
     Fox has moved back its release for “The Maze Runner: The Death Cure” by nearly a year to Jan. 12, 2018, as star Dylan O’Brien recovers from his March 17 injuries after an on-set car accident.Fox made the announcement Friday, a month after disclosing that resumption of principal photography on Maze Runer: The Death Cure had been delayed for a second time to allow O’Brien more time to fully recover from his injuries. The studio has not revealed when production will re-start.The movie — the third in the Maze Runner trilogy — had been set for a Presidents Day weekend release date of Feb, 17, 2017. Wes Ball is directing the film. O’Brien’s character is on a mission to find a cure to the “Flare,” a deadly disease.O’Brien washit by a car and suffered multiple injuries on March 17 on the set in British Columbia. The 24-year-old actor was taken to a local hospital for observation and treatment following the accident.The 2014 original grossed $102 million in U.S. receipts, and 2015 follow-up “The Scorch Trials” tallied $82 million in domestic box office.Fox made several other release date announcements Friday, including dating Alita: Battle Angel for July 20, 2018. Rosa Salazar, who starred in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, has been tapped to play the female lead in Battle Angel with James Cameron producing and Robert Rodriguez directing."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/dylan-obrien-maze-runner-death-cure-release-2018-1201784883/
     X-Men: Apocalypse is showing superhero power at the U.S. box office with a formidable $80 million over the four day of the Memorial Day holiday -- doubling Alice Through the Looking Glass, Saturday estimates showed.U.S. audiences responded enthusiastically to Fox's latest iteration of its sturdy X-Men franchise, which is performing in line with recent expectations. In a rare battle of tentpole franchise films opening against each other, Friday's first day for Apocalypse generated about $26.4 million at 4,150 locations while Johnny Depp's Alice sequel finished under $10 million at 3,763 sites, projecting to a four-day total of around $40 million that's well below earlier forecasts.X-Men: Apocalypse, the fourth X-Men movie directed by Bryan Singer, is continuing an impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past opened to$110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million.X-Men: Apocalypse, which carries a $178 million budget, has already shown solid traction overseas in an impressive international opening week, with $130 million as of Wednesday. Oscar Isaac plays an ancient mutant named Apocaplyse who's trying to destroy the world, with Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender all returning to save the planet.The opening of Alice Through the Looking Glass comes with public attention focused on Depp due to ex-wife Amber Heard being granted a temporary restraining order against him following a domestic violence accusation.Alice has a $170 million price tag and should be a respectable performer for Disney. But it won't be a massive moneymaker on the scale of the rest of the studio's 2016 blockbusters with Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book and Zootopia.Alice Through the Looking Glass is launching six years after the original Alice in Wonderland stunned Hollywood with a $116.1 million domestic opening weekend and finished with more than $1 billion worldwide. The sequel is directed by Flight of the Conchordscreator James Bobin and stars Depp as the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.International grosses for Alice Through the Looking Glass will likely be far higher than the domestic take. The original grossed nearly $700 million in territories outside the U.S. It opens day-and-date across 72% of the international marketplace, including Italy, Germany, Spain, UK, Russia, Australia, China, Brazil and Mexico.Sony's second weekend of The Angry Birds Movie should edge Disney-Marvel's fourth frame of Captain America: Civil War for third with about $25 million at 3,932 locations, giving the animated comedy a cumulative box office around $72 million by the end of the holiday weekend. Angry Birds took in $5 million on Friday.Captain America: Civil War grossed $4 million on Friday, its 22nd day in theaters, and is headed to about $22 million for the four-day weekend. That's going to leave the domestic total at about $377 million and leave it as the top grosser in the U.S in 2016 -- eclipsing Deadpool, currently at $362.8 million."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/box-office-x-men-johnny-depp-alice-1201784858/
     A populist beach in the border city of Trieste is “The Last Resort,” Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan’s affectionately quirky, over-long documentary tracking the fusty establishment’s regulars over the course of a year. Drawn to La Lanterna (the locals call it “El Pedocin”) by its aura of time past – the beach still has a dividing wall separating men and women – the directors use a purely observational approach, forgoing narration or commentary of any sort. Since Trieste retains significant Austro-Hungarian cultural roots, the city’s unique make-up adds a level of other-ness which the filmmakers are happy to foreground by focusing on the beach’s more eccentric denizens. Docu festivals will be the only ones not put off by the protracted running time.El Pedocin isn’t exactly a pretty beach, more pebbles than sand, and large ferries ply the waters nearby. But it is adjacent to the heart of the city, attracting an older, not exactly upmarket crowd (entry costs €1) who re-congregate year after year. For most, one of the key attractions is that men and women are separated: Some say it’s the last such establishment in Italy, others say the last in Europe. Not that anything untoward happens; rather, the regulars enjoy the solidarity of the same-sex space, where there’s no need to show off and everyone is at ease.Over the course of the two hours and fifteen minutes, people schmooze. Sometimes the ladies play cards, sometimes the men speak of the past, but all in all, the rhythms of life are awfully repetitive. Towards the beginning there’s talk of Trieste soon after the war, when Italy lost most of the Istrian coast to Yugoslavia and families found themselves divided by an international border, but this forms just a small part of the film, whose goal isn’t to provide a potted history of the communities but document an anomalous survival from another era.Seasons change, the beach crowd swells and then diminishes, leaving only the most colorful regulars (or at least those are the people Anastopoulos and Del Degan focus on). Dialogue is a mixture of Triestine dialect – incomprehensible to most outside the region – and Italian, which adds an additional bit of flavor. Visuals are attractive, yet a feeling of sameness runs throughout, despite the shifts in light as the seasons change."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/cannes-film-review-the-last-resort-1201784964/
     Legendary-Universal's Warcraft is opening impressively internationally, heading for more than $30 million in 20 markets in its first weekend -- two weeks ahead of launches in China and the United States.The box office total as of Friday has hit $16.3 million. Russia is leading the way with $4.9 million in two days with a 65% market share as it posted the second largest opening day of the year behind Deadpool.Warcraft generated the biggest opening day of the year in Germany on Thursday with $2.2 million. Its two-day total has hit $3.5 million with a 45% market share.In France, Warcraft has grossed $2.2 million in three days. In Sweden, it opened Friday with $539,000, making it Universal's third-biggest opening day ever behind Fifty Shades of Grey and Furious 7.Warcraft also opened in first in Austria, Denmark (third-biggest opening of the year), Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Latvia, Lebanon, Middle East, Norway, Pakistan, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.Warcraft opens next weekend in Belgium, Brazil, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain and the U.K. and Ireland.“Warcraft” is based on Blizzard Entertainment’s multi-player game and centers on the peaceful realm of Azeroth standing on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another.It’s directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones and Charles Leavitt. The movie stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu.“Warcraft” is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production. The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers.Prospects are mixed in the U.S., where tracking is showing a $25 million opening weekend, well behind the $40 million-plus projection for “The Conjuring 2.”"        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/box-office-warcraft-international-1201784970/
     A lot of young women — or former young women — may disagree with me, but for a while there Zac Efron came off as a poster boy for the following notion: that it’s possible to be too good-looking to be a movie star. In the High School Musical films, of course, he was all mussy-coiffed, aqua-blue-eyed charm — a wholesome hunk who knew how to dance, and when he wasn’t dancing knew how to micromanage his charisma so that it fellright on the cusp between dewy and sexy. He was a classic teen idol — he looked like Sean Cassidy with hair gel — and when you’re sitting on top of that world, surrounded by screaming fans, it always seems, at least within the entertainment industry, like you can conquer anything.It was all but forgone that Efron would get a crack at movie stardom, and he did, but when that happened it was in winsome crowd-pleasers like 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud, and The Lucky One. Right away, audiences saw the downside of his teen mystique: He could play the beautiful and thoughtful boy next door, but as an actor, he lacked force and heft and danger. He didn’t know how to smolder. He was so flatly earnest that for all his likability, he came off as a bit of a lox. His looks began to seem like a limitation, maybe even a trap, because their effect was to emphasize a certain underlying passivity. It’s the Vincent Chase principle: If you look like Zac Efron, the whole world comes right to you, so why do you have to do anything — like, you know, act?But where many a former teen idol has slipped into oblivion, doomed by the cruel calculus of their lightweight beauty, Efron proved to be smarter than that — more chancy and game, and more inventive, too. He'd shown a flair for self-mockery as far back as Hairspray (2007) and his own guest appearance on Entourage (2009), but the real turning point came in a movie that virtually no one saw outside of Sundance: Liberal Arts (2012), Josh Radnor’s savvy and underappreciated college comedy. Cast as a mystical hippie-stoner pest in a wool cap, Efron was all but unrecognizable — and he stole every scene. The hunk, it turned out, had an inner demon who was an ace cutup. He didn’t just know how to make fun of himself. He was good at it. He was funny. And that’s where a door opened.It was kismet, perhaps, that the one holding the door was Seth Rogen, in his new role as foreman of an exuberant new movie factory to rival that of Judd Apatow. Along with his shifting team of associates (notably his writing and directing partner Evan Goldberg, plus director Nicholas Stoller), Rogen has spearheaded and starred in five swing-for-the-fences comedies: This Is the End (2013), Neighbors (2014), The Interview (2014), The Night Before (2015), and the current Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. In both the Neighbors films, Efron has been nothing less than a spark plug of hilarity.As Teddy Sanders, he’s playing the Peter Pan of the beer-pong-and-threesomebrigade,the frat bro who never wants to grow up. And in Neighbors 2, where Teddy has grown up and now finds himself, in his mid-twenties, corralled into that demo known as old, Efron just deepens the joke of his original performance. His Teddy, who’s been coasting his whole life, is a blitzed innocent — a wizard at math, but only as long as he’s toting up the price of a shipment of weed. With no job and no future, hebecomesguru to Shelby (Chloë Grace Moretz), who's trying to launch her own makeshift sorority of bohemian party girls. But it’s really Teddy who’s getting educated. When he’s told that the frat-house credo bros before hos is a sexist concept, Efron does a priceless double take: You see him processing the idea, truly taking in its meaning, and then — in a comic flash — evolving.But that doesn’t mean the aging bro no longer has it. Ultimately, he comes over to the side of Mac and Kelly (Rogen and Rose Byrne), who are desperate to sell their house next door. And when Teddy, as part of their scheme, has to create an epic diversion at a tailgate party, he does what he does best: oils himself up — with the only substance on hand, hot chicken grease — and performs a go-for-broke hip-hop Spring Break flexing-abs dance number. It really does stop the show. The comedy is that Teddy, as Efron plays him, takes his own appeal so for granted that he infuses every gyration and hand-stand with the ticklishly blasé, I got this aplomb of someone who knows he’s grown way past this stuff. Teddy knows it, and Efron knows it, too. That's why he's now in the unlikely position of standing taller than ever. He has one more movie coming out this summer, the high-concept rom-com Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. and with any luck it will let him do more of what he's now proved himself to be terrific at: acting smart about playing dumb about looking like he does. There have been a lot less good recipes for stardom."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/film/columns/zac-efron-neighbors-2-1201784981/
     NBC's second attempt at Red Nose Day, an annual fundraising institution in the U.K., failed to set the ratings alight on Thursday night -- but the charity telethon did raise $31.5 million for charities in the U.S. and overseas, earning $10 million more than last year.The special drew a 0.6 in the adults 18-49 demo and 2.2 million viewers, versus last year's 0.8 score and 3.2 million viewers.It was a quiet night overall;CBS beat the competitionwith a lineup of repeats that earned the Eye an average of 5 million viewers and a 0.9 in the demo.ABC came in second with an average 0.8 rating and 4.3 million viewers, with the season premiere of 500 Questions nabbingaround 5 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in its 8-10 p.m. slot, followed by comedy repeats.Fox scoreda 0.7 rating overall with an average of 3.2 million viewers, bowingnew episodes of Bones (0.8 rating, 4.5 million viewers) and American Grit (0.5 in adults 18-49, 1.8 million viewers), while the CW aired two repeats of The Flash for an average nightly rating of 0.3."        Links: http://variety.com/2016/tv/ratings/red-nose-day-ratings-1201784395/