Entertainment news roundup: Dinosaurs and superheroes return to rebuild summer movie box office; French actor Vincent Lindon to preside over Cannes Film Festival jury and more
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Dinosaurs and Superheroes Return to Rebuild Summer Movie Box Office
Tom Cruise is getting ready to walk the red carpet at Cannes, tickets for the next Marvel movie are selling out fast and a new dinosaur adventure is big on the summer movie schedule.
It gives theater operators hope that their business is finally heading back to normal as they meet Hollywood studios this week in Las Vegas at the annual CinemaCon convention.
French actor Vincent Lindon will preside over the jury of the next Cannes Film Festival
French actor Vincent Lindon will preside over the 75th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival, with a lineup that includes Tom Cruise’s Top Gun sequel and an Elvis biopic by Baz Luhrmann starring Tom Hanks, the Festival said on its website. .
Lindon will succeed American director Spike Lee, who led the judging panel last year.
Benedict Cumberbatch Returns for “Riot” in the “Dr Strange” Multiverse
Oscar-nominated Benedict Cumberbatch reprises his superhero role in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” in the highly anticipated sequel that keeps fans guessing which Marvel characters might make surprise appearances. The film, which begins its worldwide theatrical rollout on May 4, sees Cumberbatch’s Doctor Stephen Strange travel through the multiverse, allowing for different versions of himself.
Sophie Marceau trades Paris for a new life in Los Angeles in “I Love America”
Actress Sophie Marceau trades Paris for a new life in Los Angeles in “I Love America,” a French Amazon Original film inspired by the personal experiences of director Lisa Azuelos. Marceau plays Lisa, who travels to California for a change after her adult children leave home and following the death of her French-famous mother. With the help of her Los Angeles-based best friend, Luka, Lisa begins dating, with some seriously awkward encounters.
Philippines pulls Hollywood action movie from theaters on South China Sea map
The Philippines has halted all domestic screenings of a Hollywood movie titled “Uncharted,” over a scene showing a disputed map of the South China Sea, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. The move comes shortly after Vietnam, another claimant in the South China Sea, also banned Sony Pictures’ action movie, which stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. It was released in the Philippines on February 23.
Exclusive-Netflix Signs Deal With Japanese Studio In Anime Push
Netflix Inc announced a multi-movie deal with Japanese studio Studio Colorado on Tuesday as the streaming giant ramps up its anime offering and looks to Asia for expansion. Netflix is co-producing three feature films with Studio Colorado, including “Drifting Home,” which will be released in September as it invests deeper in the original anime. The film will also premiere in national cinemas.
New drama ’61st Street’ aims to spark conversation about the criminal justice system
In AMC Networks’ new American TV drama “61st Street,” Emmy and Tony-winning actor Courtney B. Vance plays dedicated attorney Franklin Roberts who decides to go all-in on a case that could rock the criminal justice system. . Roberts portrays Moses Johnson (played by British actor Tosin Cole), a promising black track runner in Chicago high school destined to succeed in college. Johnson is wrongfully accused of murdering a police officer, setting the stage for twists and turns that lead to a broader discussion of systemic issues in a marginalized community, including its relationship with the police department, the wars on drugs, detention conditions and access to resources.
James Murdoch and Uday Shankar lead $1.8 billion investment in Viacom India18
An investment firm set up by Rupert Murdoch’s son James and former Disney India executive Uday Shankar announced on Wednesday that it will invest $1.8 billion in the broadcast business of Reliance Industries, Viacom18. Bodhi Tree Systems, a venture between James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems and Shankar, is leading fundraising in Viacom18 with a consortium of investors aiming to build India’s ‘leading entertainment platform’, the entities said in a joint press release.
(With agency contributions.)