New this week: John Legend, ‘Serpent Queen’ and ‘Pinocchio’
This week’s new entertainment releases include fresh music from John Legend and Kane Brown, Samantha Morton stars as the 16th-century queen Catherine de Medici in an edgy Starz series and a race between two upcoming “Pinocchio” films begins with Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation.
'Elvis,' 'Top Gun' tie for box-office crown with $30.5M each
Britain Elvis Premiere Austin Butler, from left, director Baz Luhrmann, and Tom Hanks pose for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Elvis' in London Tuesday, May 31, 2022. That it was this close at all was due to both a better-than-expected opening for "Elvis" and remarkably strong continued sales for "Top Gun: Maverick." This is the Baz Luhrmann show, a music, dance and sex appeal spectacular — it’s a hit.”Meanwhile, “Top Gun: Maverick” continues to soar. (Tie) “Elvis,” $30.5 million. (Tie) “Top Gun: Maverick,” $30.5 million.wftv.com
'Elvis,' 'Top Gun' tie for box-office crown with $30.5M each
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis” shook up theaters with an estimated $30.5 million in weekend ticket sales, but — in a box-office rarity — “Elvis” tied “Top Gun: Maverick,” which also reported $30.5 million, for No. 1 in theaters.
'Elvis' and Austin Butler feel the temperature rising
France Cannes 2022 Elvis Portraits Austin Butler poses for portrait photographs for the film 'Elvis' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP) (Joel C Ryan)On the day of Austin Butler's final screen test for “Elvis," director Baz Luhrmann threw everything at him. The one minute of “Suspicious Minds" that Butler was to perform in a Presley jumpsuit stretched to six. There would have never been an Elvis without a Col. Tom Parker, and, in his own mind, there would have never been a Col. Tom Parker without Elvis,” says Hanks. “But that terror of my whole career feeling like it was riding on this film, that’s exactly what Elvis was feeling,” says Butler.wftv.com
'Elvis' makes a splash at Cannes Film Festival premiere
France Cannes 2022 Elvis Red Carpet Director Baz Luhrmann, left, and Austin Butler pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Elvis' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP) (Joel C Ryan)CANNES, France — (AP) — Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis" brought hip-shaking swagger to the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, debuting a grand and glitzy portrait of the Memphis rock 'n' roll legend on the French Riviera. Luhrmann's film, the largest and flashiest Hollywood film making its world premiere in Cannes, brought Tom Hanks and Austin Butler, who plays Presley, to Cannes' famed red carpet. At a festival seeking to shrug off two years of pandemic, expectations were high that Luhrmann, who also premiered “The Great Gatsby” in Cannes, would bring Cannes’ biggest and most extravagant party. “Elvis,” though, isn’t just a big-screen tribute to Presley.wftv.com
Back to normal? Cannes Film Festival prepares to party
After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival was canceled by the pandemic and the 2021 edition was scaled back — even kisses were forbade on the red carpet — the lavish French Riviera cinema soiree is set to return with a festival that promises to be something like normal.
Movies love a comeback story. This summer, it's their turn.
Hollywood is bringing out some of its biggest and most reliable players for the 2022 summer movie season, which unofficially kicks off this weekend with the help of Marvel and Disney’s “Doctor Strange and the Multitverse of Madness” and runs through the end of August.
Met Gala live | Blacks, whites and Blake Lively on carpet
“Instead of looking to fashion to influence the dress, I looked to New York City architecture,” Lively said. “Black and white are THE colors for the evening,” said Holly Katz, a stylist and host of the Fashion Crimes podcast. Janelle Monáe offered a royal wave in a black and white bedazzled helmet piece and slinky gown with head piece. Clinton's last Met Gala was a while ago. ___Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/litalie___For more of AP's Met Gala coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/met-galaCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Bollywood's Amitabh Bachchan hospitalized with coronavirus
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2009 file photo, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan speaks during an interview in London. Bachchan has tested positive for COVID-19 and hospitalised in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)NEW DELHI Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized in Mumbai, Indias financial and entertainment capital, the Bollywood superstar announced Saturday on Twitter. Abhishek Bachchan, who is 44, tweeted Saturday night that he also has tested positive for COVID-19 and is hospitalized. On Saturday, Indias coronavirus caseload crossed 800,000 with the biggest spike of 27,114 cases reported in the past 24 hours.
Hanks on COVID, 'Greyhound' and adopting a wartime mentality
A Tom Hanks-led, special effects-laden WWII movie is a weight class above most straight-to-streaming options in this strange summer movie season. I said, I love you so much but thats not the point of what were trying to do, Hanks says. With Seven Spielberg, Hanks is currently developing for Apple a third miniseries, following The Band of Brothers and The Pacific." In Cozier, who like Hanks later tested positive for the virus, Hanks saw the kind of character hes often drawn to playing. I thought," said Hanks, that guys kind of badass.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus
(L-R) Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus, Hanks revealed Wednesday. Hanks and Wilson are in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann's currently untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. Hanks is set to play Presley's longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive." While the untitled Elvis film isn't due into theaters until October 2021, Hanks has three movies slated for release in 2020.cnbc.com