The Möbius Strip: Still hooked on a feeling

Image courtesy Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios.

As expected, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continued its reign over Mother’s Day weekend with $65.2 million. It will be interesting to see how it fares against Alien: Covenant this weekend- Box Office Mojo

The MCU’s first offering, Iron Man, was humor-heavy, but it was Guardians of the Galaxy that really made Kevin Feige and company push for laughs in their movies- Reuters

Guy Ritchie’s $175 million King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, on the other hand, absolutely crashed and burned, pulling in just $15.3 million — compared to industry estimates coming into the weekend of just $25 million, which still would have constituted a massive flop. The film was initially pitched as the first of six King Arthur movies for Warner Bros.- The Guardian

Girls’ night out movie Snatched, on the other hand, did not cost $175 million, and has a genre appeal that won’t be stepped on by new material every single week for the next few months, so its $19.5 million take was just fine- Forbes

Director Ridley Scott expects to begin shooting a sequel to Alien: Covenant in just 14 months- IGN

Last week, Beauty and the Beast became the highest-grossing PG movie of all time in the U.S., climbing past Finding Dory’s mark of $486.3 million. The remake is only $800,000 behind Frozen’s worldwide mark of $1.28 billion- The Wrap

Much has been made of the apparent lack of marketing for Wonder Woman, the DCEU’s next do-or-die outing. But the movie actually has a larger marketing budget than the gregariously advertised Suicide Squad. Screen Rant explores the disparity in depth- Screen Rant

The movie looks to be headed for a decent $65 million debut June 2- The Hollywood Reporter

In response to controversy over Netflix properties The Meyerowitz Stories and Okja being screened at the Cannes Film Festival, the festival has added new rules requiring future entrants be screened theatrically in France- Indiewire

New South Korean president Moon Jae-in has pledged to roll back the previous president’s cultural policies, potentially saving Korean New Wave- Indiewire

Third Brother Films’ Generational Sins is poised to become the first R-rated faith-based film- The Hollywood Reporter

In the continuing saga of Dredd and its lack of a sequel, IM Global is officially developing a spinoff television series Judge Dredd: Mega City One. No cable networks are attached yet to distribute- Entertainment Weekly

Greek actress Mary Tsoni, best known for her role in 2009’s Dogtooth, was found dead in her Athens apartment last week. The cause of death is unknown. She was 30- Variety

Robert de Niro used his Chaplin Award acceptance speech to bang on about the Trump administration’s hostility toward art- The Wrap

A riveting look into the Johnny Depp’s finances, from his fired financial advisers to the $2 million a month lifestyle they claim he lived- The Hollywood Reporter

Indiewire asks, how much of a show do you need to watch to be able to write about it?- Indiewire

Blade Runner actor M. Emmet Walsh tells the story of how a $10 bet over whether or not he would have to come back and loop more lines, which held up post-production for more than a month as producer Bud Yorkin did not want to give in- The Hollywood Reporter

And finally, why Nine Lives, the Kevin Spacey cat film that was unceremoniously dumped opposite Suicide Squad last August, is the most important film of the Trump era- The Guardian

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