9 Big Takeaways From That Slick New ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer

Lucasfilm Because it’s the only one of the new “Star Wars” movies being released in May instead of December, the marketing campaign for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has been kind of strangely compressed. They don’t start marketing the new one until the previous one has been released, and so we’re already on our third … Read more

‘The Sting’ Theater Review: Harry Connick Jr Aims to Go From Ragtime to Riches

Photo: Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade It’s not hard to see why someone imagined a stage musical could be made out of “The Sting,” that 1973 Oscar Best Picture winner starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Depression-era con artists who pull off the ultimate heist. After all, George Roy Hill’s artfully constructed film leaned heavily … Read more

‘You Were Never Really Here’ Rides Cannes Praise to Big Indie Box Office Start

Off the wave of strong reviews from critics, Amazon’s Cannes thriller “You Were Never Really Here” got off to a good start at the indie box office, releasing on three screens in New York and Los Angeles and making just under $130,000 for a per screen average of $43,304. “You Were Never Really Here” got heavy … Read more

‘A Quiet Place’ Rockets to $50 Million Opening at Box Office

Paramount “A Quiet Place” has crept up on an unsuspecting box office and delivered a very impressive $50 million opening from 3,508 screens. Holding a budget of $17 million, Paramount’s horror film saw its pre-weekend projections tick up last week as reviews gave the film a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. But even the most … Read more

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Ozark’ Win Location Managers Awards

“Ozark” / Netflix The location managers responsible for the settings of the films “Dunkirk” and “Baby Driver” and the television shows “Game of Thrones” and “Ozark” won the top awards on Saturday night from the Location Managers Guild International, which presented its fifth annual awards at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Ben Piltz and Arnaud … Read more

‘A Quiet Place’ Makes Noise With $45 Million-Plus Opening

Getty Images After 16 months of mostly flops and disappointment, Paramount has scored its first big box office victory under new CEO Jim Gianopulos with “A Quiet Place,” the critically-acclaimed horror film from John Krasinski. Made on a $17 million budget, the film made $18.9 million on Friday and is exceeding even the most optimistic … Read more

How Joaquin Phoenix Made Thriller ‘You Were Never Really Here’ ‘Operatic’ (Video)

Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here,” starring Joaquin Phoenix in the role of a former marine turned hitman, has the markings of a thriller in spite of the fact that it’s a surreal, complex, art house gem. Speaking with TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, writer and director Ramsay and the … Read more

Animator Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli, Dies at 82

Isao Takahata, a highly influential Japanese animator and filmmaker, and a co-founder of Studio Ghibli alongside longtime collaborator Hayao Miyazaki, died Thursday after a brief hospitalization. He was 82. Takahata died following a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement Studio Ghibli provided to TheWrap. Takahata directed the animated wartime drama “Grave of the … Read more

Susan Anspach, ‘Five Easy Pieces’ Actress, Dies at 75

Actress Susan Anspach, best known for roles in landmark 1970s films like “Five Easy Pieces” and “Play It Again, Sam,” has died in Los Angeles. She was 75. Her son, Caleb Goddard, announced the news on Thursday, telling the New York Times she died from coronary failure Monday. Born in New York City in 1942, … Read more

Stephen King ‘Maybe’ Agrees With Steven Spielberg About Their ‘Spiritual Connection’

Getty Images Is there a “spiritual connection” between Stephen King and Steven Spielberg? Spielberg certainly thinks so, and as it happens King won’t rule it out either. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Thursday, Spielberg said: “I don’t know how Stephen King and I aren’t related by blood. I cannot believe that part of … Read more