recent articles.en-usRssMichael Strahan Inks Overall Deal With ITV America Strahan is expanding his relationship with ITV America. Strahan and his producing and business partner Constance Schwartz-Morini have signed an exclusive overall production partnership with the company.Under the deal, the duo will create unscripted programming for television, OTT and digital platforms via their SMAC Entertainment that will be produced under the ITV America banner, which includes ITV Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Loud TV, Outpost…Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:02 -0400 Collette Options Graeme Simsion Novel ‘The Best of Adam Sharp’ For Her Vocab Films Toni Collette has just optioned the novel The Best of Adam Sharp from hot author Graeme Simsion who also penned The Rosie Project set up over at Tri-Star. Adam Sharp, which is kind of a High Fidelity for 40-somethings, is one of the first that Collette has brought to her newly formed production company Vocab Films. Her producing partner is Jen Turner.The Best of Adam Sharp  is about a man on the cusp of fifty who is…Tue, 23 May 2017 12:51:06 -0400 Songs Considered : NPR Holy Circle makes dark synth-pop that's velvet to the touch, and a sonic saw blade to the core.Tue, 23 May 2017 12:36:00 -0400 Ratings: NBA Playoffs Ratings Up, ‘Bachelorette’ & ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Return Down a night of finales across many of the networks, specials and The Bachelorette debut on ABC, it was an end and a beginning for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Playoffs on Monday. With a 129-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, the Bay Area team are heading to the NBA Finals for the third year in a row.Facing either current champions the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Boston Celtics on June 1, depending who wins the…Tue, 23 May 2017 12:35:03 -0400 Green To Release ‘The Good Catholic’ In Select Theaters Green Pictures is releasing the first feature film from three year-old Indiana-based production company Pigasus Pictures with The Good Catholic. The romantic comedy will bow on September 8 in select theaters at the same time it his VOD. The Good Catholic, from writer/director Paul Shoulberg's follows a priest who suffers a crisis of faith when he falls for a young woman and is inspired on a true story — that of Shoulberg’s own family. His father, Donald (who has…Tue, 23 May 2017 12:30:45 -0400 Steinfeld Leaves A Clueless Boy Behind In 'Most Girls' Video Steinfeld is proud to be just like 'Most Girls' in the music video for her latest single.Tue, 23 May 2017 12:27:26 -0400‘Watergate’: History Sets Documentary Series On That Other Presidential Scandal political journalists take a bit of a breather with President Trump on foreign soil, History has seized on the opportunity to make a headline of its own. The cable channel has ordered Watergate, what it calls the “definitive” documentary series about the scandal and cover-up that forced President Richard Nixon out of office.Produced and directed by Oscar winner Charles Ferguson , the series will look into the granddaddy of American disgraces that started…Tue, 23 May 2017 12:23:57 -0400 Grande Manchester Concert Attack: Everything We Know So Far details continue to emerge about the Manchester terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, here's everything we know so far.Tue, 23 May 2017 12:17:51 -0400[Watch] Barbet Schroeder On Trilogy Of Evil; “Profoundly Scared” In Trump Era – Cannes Reversal Of Fortune director Barbet Schroeder has sort of completed his “Trilogy of Evil” documentary series with The Venerable W. The Official Selection title here in Cannes is a look at Burma’s Venerable Wirathu, a highly respected and influential Buddhist monk whose Islamophobia and hate speech have led to violence and destruction. But Schroeder, whose narrative films include Single White Female, Kiss Of Death, Murder By Numbers and Barfly, says he’s…Tue, 23 May 2017 12:16:32 -0400[Watch] Bob Shaye On ‘Ambition’ & Festival Stunts Of Yore – Cannes New Line Cinema co-chief Bob Shaye recently took a two-year break from the Cannes Film Festival, but is back in town this year to tubthump his latest directing project, Ambition. The story, Shaye tells me in the video above, is about a young woman “who is extremely ambitious as a musician and she gets herself into really, really big trouble and then there's a twist in the end.”Shaye and his Unique Features partner Michael Lynne are producing the previously-titled G…Tue, 23 May 2017 12:15:01 -0400‘DC Super Hero Girls’: Cartoon Network Sets Toon Series For 2018 world knows them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but the three stars of Cartoon Network’s upcoming toon series are teenage girls trying to balance superpowers and secret identities with, like, managing a social life.Warner Bros. Animation has kicked off production on DC Super Hero Girls, which follows not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara. Alongside their superhero friends, they have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of…Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:18 -0400‘Hanna’ TV Adaptation Gets Straight-To-Series Order At Amazon Studios Studios has given a straight-to-series order to Hanna, a drama based on Focus Features’ offbeat 2011 assassin pic, from David Farr, who co-wrote the feature, and NBCUniversal International Studios.Emmy-nominated Farr, who most recently adapted John Le Carre’s The Night Manager for BBC/AMC, will pen the adaptation. Farr had been developing the project with NBCUniversal's International Studios' L.A. scripted team, headed up by JoAnn Alfano, and Tomorrow ITV Studios'…Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:17 -0400 John Legend And Gallant Duet On 'Overload' : NPR great sounds that sound great together: The two R&B singers give each other space to shine in this acoustic version of a track from Legend's Darkness And Light.Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:01 -0400 Whedon To Finish Justice League After Zack Snyder Exits Following Personal Tragedy Snyder steps down from 'Justice League' following his daughter's death. Joss Whedon is set to take the helm.Tue, 23 May 2017 11:55:38 -0400'Morning Joe' Calls Trump a 'Jackass,' Compares Him to 'Dumb and Dumber' Character (Video)’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough ripped Donald Trump on Tuesday, calling the president a “jackass” for continued attempts to squash the Russian investigation.“Morning Joe” aired a clip of Trump telling reporters that he “never mentioned the word Israel” during a recent meeting with Russian officials. Co-host Mika Brzezinski quickly pointed out that nobody accused Trump of simply saying the word Israel.“If you are scoring at home… trying to divide the actions between malicious and just plain-out stupid, you can put this on the stupid side,” Scarborough said. “This is like the husband that runs into the police station and says, ‘Hey hey hey, my wife’s missing and it’s not my gun at the bottom of the pond in the back of our house.'”Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Slams Mike Pence as Either 'Sucker' or 'Liar' for Trump Scarborough continued: “Admitting to something that nobody charged him of, and yet, in so doing, revealed himself as the jackass that leaked top-secret Israeli intel.”The “Morning Joe” namesake then pointed out that the intelligence Trump allegedly leaked has to do with ISIS, the terror organization that is claiming responsibility for Monday’s tragic attack in Manchester.“Again, file that under just-plain stupid,” Scarborough said.The panel eventually compared Trump to Lloyd Christmas, who was Jim Carey’s character in the film “Dumb and Dumber.”Check out the video above.Related stories from TheWrap:'Morning Joe' Slams Mike Pence as Either 'Sucker' or 'Liar' for Trump Tucker Carlson Blasts 'Morning Joe' for Revealing Off-Camera Kellyanne Conway Conversation MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Argues Kellyanne Conway Actually Hates Trump Tue, 23 May 2017 11:47:55 -0400 Has Another New Feature for Instagram to Copy announced a new “custom Stories” feature Tuesday morning, allowing users of the popular vanishing message app to create specific Story channels for their friends to view or contribute to.The update takes away the frustration of having to post a pic or video to your story that you don’t want your entire friends list to see. In the top right corner, users can click the “Create Story” icon and choose the friends they want to have viewing and contributing to the channel — kind of like making a playlist for snapping.A story will then disappear if no one has added to it within 24 hours. Snapchat said the custom Stories update is rolling out and should be available by Wednesday.Also Read: Instagram Rips Off Snapchat Again With New Selfie FiltersIt is considered to the tech company’s latest move to compete against Facebook after Instagram recently copied Snap’s face filters option.It’s the perfect update for when you go to Las Vegas and want to share all the fun you’re having — except with pesky relatives or significant others watching your main Stories feed like a hawk.Also Read: 'Late Late Show' to Launch Snapchat Series to Find James Corden's 'Successor'If you’d like to see the new features in action, can check out the Snap video below — complete with beautiful young people traveling far and wide to find the best locations to send snaps from.Related stories from TheWrap:Instagram Rips Off Snapchat Again With New Selfie Filters5 Key Takeaways From Snap's Earnings Call, From Ad Partners to SpectaclesWhy Snap Growth Won't Stall Like Twitter'sTue, 23 May 2017 11:46:42 -0400 Sour Detail New 'Hydrograd' LP, Unveil 'Song #3' Video Sour released the "Song #3' video and detailed their 'Hydrograd' LP, out June 30th.Tue, 23 May 2017 11:46:13 -0400‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12 Set For 2019 On Nickelodeon you ready, kids? Hold on to your spatula because Nickelodeon has booked another return trip to Bikini Bottom with a Season 12 greenlight for pop culture phenom SpongeBob SquarePants. The new episodes will premiere in 2019 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the series, which has Nick says has been the most-watched animated program with kids for more than 15 years.The veteran voice cast is set to return including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick…Tue, 23 May 2017 11:45:37 -0400 Bombing: What We Know from Eyewitnesses, Survivors Arena concertgoers faced immediate panic and later resilience in the wake of a terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert.Tue, 23 May 2017 11:39:00 -0400 Boys Unearth Rare Songs for 'Sunshine Tomorrow' Set Beach Boys will release a new box set packed with unreleased recordings from the 'Wild Honey' and 'Smiley Smile' sessions.Tue, 23 May 2017 11:37:20 -0400 Black 'Bachelorette' Slips 10 Percent From Prior Season Premiere won the final Monday of the traditional TV season in the key 18-49 demographic, thanks to the combination of “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Bachelorette.”Unfortunately, Rachel Lindsay’s season premiere of the latter slipped 10 percent versus last year in the main demo, and almost 14 percent among total viewers. Both were premiere lows for the reality dating competition. In case you haven’t heard, Rachel is the series first black “Bachelorette” — and it only took 13 seasons. Your turn, “The Bachelor.”NBC topped primetime in total viewers, with Part 1 of “The Voice” finale.Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Predicts 'The Bachelorette' Final 3 - To The Bachelorette's Face ABC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. The “DWTS” penultimate episode at 8 p.m. earned a 1.8/7 and 10.4 million viewers. At 9, “The Bachelorette” landed a 1.8/7 and 10.3 million viewers.NBC was second in ratings with a 1.6/6 and in viewers with 7.6 million. “The Voice” at 8 scored a 1.9/7 and 9.5 million viewers. “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” at 10 had a 0.9/3 and 3.7 million viewers.Fox was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and fourth in viewers with 3 million. “Gotham” at 8 got a 1.0/4 and 2.9 million viewers. At 9, “Lucifer” received a 0.8/3 and 3 million viewers.Also Read: 'The Bachelorette' Season 13 Premiere: Rachel Lindsay Says 'It's Raining Men!'CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and third in viewers with 5.5 million.Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.58 million.Also Read: 'The Bachelorette's' Rachel Lindsay Reveals Relationship Status, Teases Season 13 DramaThe CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.57 million.Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 902,000.More to come …Related stories from TheWrap:Ratings: ABC's 'Billboard Music Awards' Slip, But They Still Crush CompetitionMSNBC Beats Fox News Among Weekday Primetime Viewers, Demo for First Time Ever'Bachelorette' Contestant Slammed for 'Transphobic' Comment on ABC WebsiteTue, 23 May 2017 11:36:47 -0400'Wonder Woman' Tops 'Spider-Man,' 'Pirates of the Caribbean' as Most Anticipated Summer Movie in Fandango Survey Gadot‘s “Wonder Woman” was voted the summer’s most anticipated movie by fans in a Fandango survey released Tuesday, ahead of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”Rounding out the top five of movies opening Memorial Day weekend and beyond are Universal’s Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower” and Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic “Dunkirk.” Other films on the top 10 include “Despicable Me 3,” “The Mummy” and “Baywatch.”The Warner Bros.-DC Films release “Wonder Woman,” opening June 2, is also currently outpacing “Captain America: The First Avenger” in advance ticket sales at the same point in the sales cycle, Fandango reported.Also Read: 'Wonder Woman' First Reactions: 'the Best DCEU Film to Date'More than 10,000 film fans voted online from April 27 to May 19, which also represented the largest response to a moviegoer website in Fandango’s 17-year history.Ninety-two percent of surveyed fans are excited to see a standalone female superhero film, while 87 percent wish Hollywood would make more movies featured female superheroes.Also Read: Early 'Wonder Woman' Reaction Likens Film to 'Captain America: The First Avenger'“Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright and Danny Huston.See below for Fandango’s survey results.Most Anticipated 2017 Summer Blockbuster:“Wonder Woman” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” “The Dark Tower” “Dunkirk” “Despicable Me 3” “War For The Planet of the Apes” “Transformers: The Last Knight” “The Mummy” “Baywatch” Most Anticipated Summer Family Film:“Despicable Me 3” “Cars 3” “Captain Underpants” “Leap!” “The Emoji Movie” Most Anticipated Summer Comedy:“Baywatch” “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” “Girls Trip” “Rough Night” “The House” Most Anticipated Summer Thriller:“The Book of Henry” “Amityville: The Awakening” “Annabelle: Creation” “It Comes At Night” “47 Meters Down” Related stories from TheWrap:Feminists Lasso 'Wonder Woman' for Selling Weight-Loss Bars'Wonder Woman': Early Tracking for Debut All Over the Map, From $65 Million to $105 Million'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins Already Has a Sequel Idea in MindTue, 23 May 2017 11:14:21 -0400 Praises Young Fashion Designers In An Inspiring Speech delivered an inspiration speech as she was honored at Parsons School of Design's 69th annual benefitTue, 23 May 2017 11:10:01 -0400 Colbert Compares White House Scandals: Trump Vs Obama (Video)“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday offered a nostalgic look back at what was considered a scandal during the Obama administration, mocking what the media cared about before Donald Trump took charge.The skit “White House Scandals: Then & Now” begins with a 2015 Fox News report in which Barack Obama received flack for “chewing gum.” The video quickly jumps to 2017 and shows Fox News anchor Shepard Smith report that Trump may have turned over classified secrets to the Russian government.Colbert then brings us back to 2013, when Obama was highly criticized for putting his feet on the desk inside the Oval Office. Once again, the video then shows a recent report that Trump is being accused of obstruction of justice.Also Read: Rachel Maddow Tells Stephen Colbert That Republicans Will 'Do The Right Thing' The point, obviously, is to prove that Obama was criticized for “scandals” that appear completely insignificant by 2017 standards. The segment shows an old MSNBC clip that Obama’s “umbrellas” caused controversy followed by a more recent clip of Trump being accused of a “grotesque abuse of power.”The promo also mentions the time Obama saluted while holding a coffee and reminds us that he was mocked for bowing too often, while Trump is under pressure for more serious things such as colluding with Russia during the election.The video even shows the outrage that occurred when Obama reached over a sneeze guard at a fast food restaurant and wore a tan-colored suit, while Trump has White House lawyers scrambling to learn impeachment procedures.Check out the video above.Related stories from TheWrap:Rachel Maddow Tells Stephen Colbert That Republicans Will 'Do The Right Thing' Stephen Colbert: Ted Cruz Asked Me to 'Humanize' Him During GOP PrimaryColbert's Putin-Trump Joke Sparked Flood of FCC ComplaintsTue, 23 May 2017 11:09:38 -0400 Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder's Final 'Hunger Strike' Duet Jam's Eddie Vedder, Soundgarden's Chris Cornelll reunited Temple of the Dog at 2014 Bridge School Benefit for their last duet on "Hunger Strike."Tue, 23 May 2017 11:07:50 -0400 Ratings: ‘Twin Peaks’ Debut Soft In Viewership For Showtime on the small screen after a 26-year absence, Twin Peaks' Showtime debut was surrounded in "exposure but not too much exposure," to quote cable boss David Nevins, and secrecy ahead of its Sunday premiere.With that, 506,000 viewers watched the two-hour, two-episode 9 PM premiere of the David Lynch and Mark Frost series Sunday, according to Nielsen. Among adults 18-49, the return of Agent Dale Cooper, Laura Palmer and more of the mystery of the Pacific Northwest town…Tue, 23 May 2017 11:02:22 -0400 Science Channel Show Has Dude Climb a Skyscraper With Just 2 Household Vacuum Cleaners (Video) Sampson is either totally insane or completely in love with physics. It’s probably a little bit of both.The adventurer will put that combination together for new Science Channel show, “Outrageous Acts of Danger.” The title pretty much sets the tone, and viewers won’t be disappointed with each experiment.During the season, Sampson, who once completed an unguided ascent to the top of Mount Everest, is shot at point-blank range underwater with an AK-47 , faces off with a swinging one-ton wrecking ball inches from his face , travels through a 1600-degree fire with only a thin layer of water protecting him , climbs a skyscraper using only two household vacuum cleaners , and takes flight with 120 helium balloons .Also Read: Neil deGrasse Tyson Ruins Your Favorite Summer Sci-Fi Movies With Science Watch the trailer above.“This mind-blowing series reveals that the laws of physics are true even in the most dangerous of circumstances,” said Marc Etkind, general manager, Science Channel. “Let me add that these jaw-dropping experiments should not be tried at home!”“Outrageous Acts of Danger” premieres Wednesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.Related stories from TheWrap:Bill Nye Set to Debunk Tony Robbins-Style Hot Coal Walking With Hard ScienceSci-Fi Pic 'MindGamers' Will Scan Viewer Brainwaves – for ScienceNBA All-Star Kyrie Irving Insists 'Earth is Flat… I Know Science' Tue, 23 May 2017 11:00:39 -0400 Viacom's New Non-Sports Streaming Service Could Work first blush, Viacom’s Monday announcement of a coming non-sports streaming service sounded like a death wish. How would its “entertainment pack” compete with the likes of YouTube TV and Hulu for audiences seeking live video content?But after taking a step back, Viacom’s decision could pay off. For starters, the market for non-sports fans is sizable. Nearly 50 percent of women and one-third of men are not sports fans, according to a 2015 Gallup poll.Altogether, that’s 40 percent of the U.S. for Viacom to target.Also Read: Viacom Stock Plunges Nearly 8 Percent Ahead of Tomorrow's Earnings ReportViacom can then carve its own niche — while withholding its own content from rivals like YouTube TV or Hulu. And for a company that has seen its stock price tumble more than 50 percent since 2014 as i thas struggled to adjust to changing media consumption habits, this is imperative.But there is one piece to the puzzle still missing.Viacom’s service will ultimately sink or swim on its ability to provide compelling content. Its current TV slate — including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Spike — is painfully devoid of must-see shows, and ratings have suffered because of it.This is an issue that would derail any goodwill built by an affordable streaming service.Also Read: YouTube TV Has Just Gone Live Execs can’t expect millennials to climb aboard simply for “The Daily Show.” Customers will still turn to its competitors because Hulu, Amazon and Netflix — among others — have content viewers feel they have to see.Bakish seemed to understand this hurdle, at least, noting Viacom’s need to bundle with “a few of [Viacom’s] competitors” but still be offered at a “very low price point.”Related stories from TheWrap:Viacom to Introduce Non-Sports Streaming Pack Later This YearStreaming Giants Netflix and Amazon Return to Cannes Primed to Disrupt the MarketHulu Launches Live TV Streaming Service With Scripps Networks ChannelsTue, 23 May 2017 10:58:53 -0400'She Started It and It's Time For Her to Finish It' after talks about a possible feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry started to circulate, the latter has finally confirmed that something did happen between the two singers.“Honestly, it’s really like, she started it and it’s time for her to finish it,” Perry told James Corden during her “Carpool Karaoke” segment on Monday night.During an interview with Rolling Stone in 2014, Swift explained that her hit “Bad Blood” was about another female artist: “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'”Also Read: Ruby Rose Tears Into Katy Perry Over Supposed Taylor Swift Diss TrackSwift then claimed that this artist “did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational — you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”Now, Perry has confirmed the feud started with the backup dancers.“It’s so crazy!” Perry said. “Okay, so there are three backing dancers that went on tour with her tour, right? And they asked me before they went on tour if they could go, and I was like, ‘Yeah, of course. I’m not on a record cycle and get the work, and she’s great and all that. But I will be on a record cycle probably in about a year. So be sure to put a 30-day contingency in your contract so you can get out if you want to join me when I say I’m going back on.’ That year came up, right? And I texted all of them because I’m very close with them and I said, ‘Look, just FYI, I’m about to start. I want to put the word out there. They said, ‘Okay, we’re going to go and talk to management about it.’ And they did, and they got fired.”Perry claimed she tried to speak with Swift about the elephant in the room but never heard back from the “Shake It Off” singer.Also Read: Katy Perry Tops One Direction, Taylor Swift on Highest-Paid Musicians List“I do the right thing any time that it feels like a fumble,” Perry said. She added, “It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me. I’m like, ‘Okay, cool. Cool. That’s how you want to deal with it? Karma.'”However, Perry added that she’s “ready for that BS to be done… There is the law of cause and effect. You do something and there’s gonna be a reaction. And trust me, daddy, there’s gonna be a reaction.”When Corden asked if “we can take this beef off the grill,” Perry responded, “I think, personally, that women together — not divided and, like, none of this petty sh- — women together will heal the world.”Perry’s new song, “Swish Swish,” prompted fans to believe the new single was about Swift, and Swift’s pal Ruby Rose took to Twitter to blast the singer for going “low.”A representative for Swift has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.Related stories from TheWrap:Katy Perry Slammed For Comparing Her 'Old Black Hair' to Barack ObamaInstagram Backlash After Katy Perry Posts Image of Hindu Goddess With Caption 'Current Mood'Katy Perry Wins the Internet With Her Response to Ryan Phillippe Dating RumorsTue, 23 May 2017 10:50:47 -0400 Kimmel Predicts 'The Bachelorette' Final 3 Kimmel did his best Carnac the Magnificent on Monday, peering into the future of “The Bachelorette” and predicting Rachel Lindsay’s final three suitors. Oh, and he did it all to her face — the attorney and reality show star appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night.The ABC late-night host — with the help of his wife and a producer — is quite certain about his picks. Sorry, Eric, you’re settling for bronze. Still, that’s pretty good. Even better? Brian, who Kimmel believes will be left at the pre-alter.“Brian got the First Impression Rose. You French-kissed him,” Kimmel reasoned for the silver medalist. “He’s a chiropractor, so he’s almost like a real doctor, but not exactly.”Also Read: 'The Bachelorette' Season 13 Premiere: Rachel Lindsay Says 'It's Raining Men!'But who wins this whole thing? You’ll have to watch the video above to find out Kimmel’s prediction. Let us know in the comments section if you think he’s on to something.With the whole season in the can, Rachel is currently engaged to someone from the show, by the way — producers let her announce that prior to the premiere.“I hope it works out,” Kimmel wished his guest well — that is, before adding: “They never work out. You know that, right?”Related stories from TheWrap:'The Bachelorette's' Rachel Lindsay Reveals Relationship Status, Teases Season 13 Drama'Bachelorette' Director Teases Controversy With Show's First Black Lead: 'It's Really About Time''Bachelorette' Contestant Puts the 'Whaboom' Into Reality Dating Show's Limo Arrivals 'Bachelorette' Contestant Slammed for 'Transphobic' Comment on ABC Website'SNL' Lampoons First Black 'Bachelorette' Season in Sketch Cut for Time Tue, 23 May 2017 10:44:00 -0400 the Runaway Who Inspired Beatles' 'She's Leaving Home' Coe, the teenage runaway who inspired the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home," looks back on her surreal moment as a 'Sgt. Pepper' muse.Tue, 23 May 2017 10:41:26 -0400 Cancels 'Chicago Justice' After One Season“Chicago Justice,” the fourth show in the Dick Wolf “Chicago” series, has been canceled after one season and 13 episodes, a source at NBC told TheWrap.Series star Carl Weathers seemed to confirm the news Monday night in response to a tweet praising the show.“Had a wonderful time exploring Mark Jeffries while working with a most talented group of actors,” he tweeted.Had a wonderful time exploring Mark Jeffries while working with a most talented group of actors. #ChicagoJustice #BeLove— Carl Weathers May 23, 2017Also Read: NBCU Upfront: Seth Meyers Kills, 'Will & Grace' Rises From the Ashes, Megyn Kelly Says Nothing“Justice” was the fourth series ordered in the “Chicago” franchise. It stars Philip Winchester, Jon Seda, Joelle Carter, Monica Barbaro and Carl Weathers as prosecutors and investigators in the Cook County State Attorney’s office as they solve cases across the Windy City.All the other Chicago shows — “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” — were renewed. At the time, no decision had been made on “Chicago Justice.”All three of Wolf’s other “Chicago” shows have been solid ratings performers for the network. “Med,” for example, was the top scripted show of its Nov. 17 premiere night, earning a 2.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, along with 8.6 million total viewers.Also Read: Yes, Your Tweets Can Save Your Favorite Show“Chicago Justice” premiered on March 1 and it got off to a strong start following a three-hour crossover premiere event. It led the network to a ratings win on its premiere day. However, the show continued to slip, coming in far behind the other “Chicago” programs.This is the final show from last season that NBC had to make a decision on. It had cemented its primetime fall schedule at upfronts last week.Related stories from TheWrap:No Decision on 'Chicago Justice' as 'Med,' 'PD,' and 'Fire' All Renewed at NBCAll 96 Broadcast TV Shows That Have Been Renewed or Canceled This Season NBCU Upfront: Seth Meyers Kills, 'Will & Grace' Rises From the Ashes, Megyn Kelly Says Nothing'Will & Grace' or 'Chicago Gay'? Seth Meyers' Best Jokes From NBC UpfrontsTue, 23 May 2017 10:38:48 -0400 Moore's 7 Most Memorable Non-007 Roles, From 'The Saint' to 'Spice World' (Photos) Moore, who died Tuesday at age 89, is best remembered for playing superspy James Bond in seven movies from 1973 to 1985. But he had a storied career in Hollywood before and after his record turn as 007. Maverick Roger Moore was born in the U.K. but got his start as an MGM contract player in the 1950s. His first big breaks came in television, including this Western starring James Garner as a frontier cardsharp.The Saint Moore became a household name as the star of this hit small-screen spy thriller, which was based on Leslie Charteris’ books about the character Simon Templar. He brought a quippy charm to the role that he later applied to the Bond series.The Man Who Haunted Himself In this twisty pre-Bond thriller, Moore plays a man who gets into a car accident and discovers that he either has a doppelganger who is behaving very differently than he would or that he has gone insane.ffolkes Moore tried to shake off his James Bond persona with this thriller, playing a misogyinistic freelance terrorism consultant who leads a team to combat terrorists seeking to blow up two oil rigs.The Cannonball Run Moore sent himself up in this caper comedy starring Burt Reynolds, playing a millionaire who has plastic surgery to better resemble… Roger Moore. Spice World Moore plays the eccentric “Chief” of a record label in the musical comedy starring the British pop quintet the Spice Girls.Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore In this family comedy that spoofed Bond thrillers, Moore voiced the head of the feline spy agency MEOWS whose name, naturally, is Tab Lazenby.Tue, 23 May 2017 10:35:59 -0400 Abrahamson's 'The Little Stranger' Acquired by Focus Features Features has acquired the worldwide rights, excluding the U.K., France and Switzerland, to Lenny Abrahamson’s “The Little Stranger,” chairman Peter Kujawski announced Tuesday.The film is a ghost story, which will begin production in the U.K. this summer and is set for a release in 2018. Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter are set to star. It marks filmmaker’s follow-up to “Room,” which was nominated for best picture and director, and won Brie Larson her best actress Oscar.Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ “The Danish Girl,” has adapted “The Little Stranger” from Sarah Waters’ 2009 novel of the same name.Also Read: 'Room' Director Explains How He Protected 8-Year-Old Star From Film's Dark SideThe film follows a local practitioner in a remote English village after the end of World War II. Dr. Faraday is called to the aged estate of Hundreds Hall to tend to an unwell parlormaid. Rampling will portray the glamorous widow and owner of the estate, while Wilson and Poulter will play her grown children. Faraday is welcomed into the home but soon becomes entangled with the family and a haunting ghost.“We’re thrilled to be working with Lenny, a filmmaker who has proven to redefine every genre he takes on,” said Kujawski. “We are excited to be partnering once again with our good friends at Pathé and Film4 on ‘The Little Stranger,’ a classic ghost story to chill moviegoers.”See Video: 'Room' Director Lenny Abrahamson Reveals Initial Doubts About Child Star Jacob Tremblay“The Little Stranger” is a Focus Features, Pathé, and Film4 presentation in association with Ingenious Media and the Irish Film Board of a Potboiler production in association with Element Pictures. Producers on the project include Gail Egan, Andrea Calderwood and Ed Guiney. Executive producers are Pathé’s Cameron McCracken, Film4’s Daniel Battsek, Irish Film Board’s Celine Haddad, Ingenious’ Tim O’Shea, and Element’s Andrew Lowe. The film was developed by Potboiler and Film4 with Element Films.Related stories from TheWrap:Cannes: Sundance Selects Acquires Martin Scorsese-Produced 'A Ciambra'Cannes Film Festival Sets Moment of Silence for Manchester 'Horror'Cannes 2017: IFC Nears Deal for Directors' Fortnight Film 'The Rider' Tue, 23 May 2017 10:33:37 -0400 Of Manchester Explosion Were Young Girls, Huge Ariana Grande Fans first victims of the deadly attack on a U.K. Ariana Grande concert have been identified as young girls and fans of the singerTue, 23 May 2017 10:32:02 -0400'He Was the King of Cool' took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to mourn the loss of Sir Roger Moore, the actor best known for starring as James Bond in seven movies. He died at 89 following a brief battle with cancer.In addition to being the third Bond on the big screen , Moore is also famous for playing Simon Templar on “The Saint,” which aired from 1962 to 1969.Filmmaker Edgar Wright , remembered Moore as “My first bond and one of the first actors that I loved as a kid.”Also Read: Roger Moore, Star of 7 James Bond Movies, Dies at 89British television personality Piers Morgan called Moore “a wonderful actor & lovely man.” Boy George simply remembered him as “the king of cool.”See reactions below:Roger Moore , loved him— Russell Crowe May 23, 2017Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts w his family & friends. He will be missed too by UNICEF— Mia Farrow May 23, 2017#RIP Roger— Duran Duran May 23, 2017Farewell dearest Roger. All our love, Andrew and Madeleine— Andrew Lloyd Webber May 23, 2017R.I.P Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool.— Boy George May 23, 2017RIP Sir Roger Moore. My first Bond and one of the first actors that I loved as a kid. And a lovely, funny, warm person to boot. Farewell.— edgarwright May 23, 2017RIP Sir Roger Moore. The car that turned into a sub in The Spy Who Loved Me blew my mind as a kid.— James Wan May 23, 2017Oh no. As if today wasn't already sad enough. RIP Sir Roger Moore, 89.A wonderful actor & lovely man.— Piers Morgan May 23, 2017Related stories from TheWrap:Roger Moore, Star of 7 James Bond Movies, Dies at 89James Bond Showdown: 5 Studios Compete for Next Movie'Timeless': Every History-Altering Time Travel Change, Ranked from Jesse James to James Bond Weinstein Company Acquires World War II Drama Series From James Bond WritersTom Hiddleston Doesn't Think He'll Be Next James Bond: 'Sorry to Disappoint You' Tue, 23 May 2017 10:28:39 -0400 Jackson Estate Refuses to Sanction Lifetime Biopic a statement, Michael Jackson's estate refused to sanction two upcoming film projects about the late pop legend.Tue, 23 May 2017 10:20:00 -0400 Songs Considered : NPR Boys makes it clear from the outset of Cost Of Living, the Providence punk band's debut for Sub Pop: "A wall is a wall / A wall is just a wall / And nothing more at all."Tue, 23 May 2017 10:09:00 -0400 Bombing: Artists React to Tragedy at Ariana Grande Concert, Taylor Swift and many more musicians have sent condolences following bombing at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert.Tue, 23 May 2017 10:07:00 -0400 I-Word - MTV Trump should be impeached. Why don’t Democrats want to say that?Tue, 23 May 2017 10:03:55 -0400 Corden Says Manchester Will 'Grow Even Stronger' After Attack (Video)“The Late Late Show” host James Corden delivered a heartfelt message to the people of Manchester, saying the city will “grow even stronger” as a result of the tragic terror attack that killed 22 people on Monday.“While taping our show earlier tonight, we heard the horrific news coming out of Manchester in England. There had been an incident at Ariana Grande’s concert. We still have no real information about what is happening, all we know is the tragic news of multiple fatalities and many injuries,” Corden said on Monday’s show.He continued: “It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen, and especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight. Many of you won’t have ever been to Manchester but you will definitely of heard of it.”Also Read: 22 People Killed, 59 Injured at Ariana Grande's Manchester UK Concert After Suicide BombCorden then explained that Manchester is famous for “so many wonderful things” from great soccer teams to the band Oasis.“But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there and I’m telling you a more tight knit group of people you will be hard-pressed to find. Strong, proud, caring people with community at its core,” Corden said. “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester tonight… we’ll all go to bed holding our little ones even tighter this evening.”The man believed to be the sole attacker died at the scene after setting off a homemade explosive device that killed 22 people and injured at least 50 more Monday night at Manchester Arena, officials said. Neither he nor any potential accomplices have been publicly identified.On Tuesday, the BBC reported that the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement via IS channels on the messaging app Telegram.Check out the video above.Related stories from TheWrap:Manchester Bombing: Man Arrested in Connection With Attack at Ariana Grande ConcertCannes Film Festival Sets Moment of Silence for Manchester 'Horror'Donald Trump Calls Manchester Bombing Perpetrators 'Evil Losers in Life' Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:25 -0400 Katie Ellen's Catchy 'Lucy Stone,' Featuring Members Of Chumped : NPR's Anika Pyle and Dan Frelly are back with a new band that's more pop than punk and a song named for a 19th-century abolitionist and suffragist.Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:01 -0400 Selects Acquires Martin Scorsese-Produced 'A Ciambra' Selects has acquired North American rights to Jonas Carpignano’s coming of age film “A Ciambra,” which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight competition at the currently underway 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Martin Scorsese executive produced the drama.The films marks the follow-up to Carpignano’s “Mediterranea,” which Sundance Selects also distributed. Pio Amato, Kudos Seihon, Iolanda Amato and Damiano Amato star in the latest.“A Ciambra” takes place in small Romani community in Calabria, where Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the regions’ factions – the local Italians, the African immigrants and his fellow Romani. Pio looks up to his older brother Cosimo to learn necessary skills for life on the streets of their hometown. When Cosimo disappears and things start to go wrong, Pio is forced to mature.Also Read: '24 Frames' Cannes Review: Abbas Kiarostami's Final Film is a Wry, Touching FarewellIn a statement, Scorsese called “A Ciambra” “a compelling and accomplished film.” “The world is so realized, so intimate, that I felt as if I was living alongside its characters and Carpignano himself,” he added. “What he does with his young lead, drawing from him a mature and complex performance, is truly remarkable. A moving and beautiful picture.”Carpignano said, “Fuck Yeah! The road to Cannes has been a long and wonderful journey with many people particularly the Amato family. After working together on my first film ‘Mediterranea,’ I’m really happy that Sundance Selects has been so enthusiastic about working together again.”Arianna Bocco, EVP of Acquisitions & Production negotiated the deal with WME on behalf of the filmmakers. The film is produced by: Jon Coplon, Paolo Carpignano, Ryan Zacarias, Gwyn Sannia, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marc Schmidheiny, Cristoph Daniel.Related stories from TheWrap:'24 Frames' Cannes Review: Abbas Kiarostami's Final Film is a Wry, Touching FarewellCannes Film Festival Sets Moment of Silence for Manchester 'Horror''The Workshop' Cannes Review: Art and Politics Collide in Timely Drama'The Florida Project' Cannes Review: Unruly Kids Steal the Show in Heartbreaking DramaCannes 2017: IFC Nears Deal for Directors' Fortnight Film 'The Rider' Tue, 23 May 2017 09:46:49 -0400 PM: Manchester Terrorist Targeted Children Prime Minister Theresa May declared the Manchester Arena attack the "worst" in country's history for deliberately targeting young people.Tue, 23 May 2017 09:38:00 -0400 Moore, Star of 7 James Bond Movies, Dies at 89 Roger Moore, who starred as James Bond in seven movies, has died. He was 89.The actor, author and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador passed following a brief battle with cancer. There will be a private funeral held in Monaco, his family said on Tuesday.Moore is survived by three children and his wife Kristina Tholstrup. Read a statement from his kids below.Also Read: Roger Ailes, Former Fox News Chief, Dies at 77With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.— Sir Roger Moore May 23, 2017Also Read: James Bond Showdown: 5 Studios Compete for Next MovieIn addition to being the third Bond on the big screen , Moore is also famous for playing Simon Templar on “The Saint,” which aired from 1962 to 1969.In 2008, Moore was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work on television and in film.The British actor was married four times. He was predeceased last year by Tholstrup’s daughter from a previous marriage — Moore’s step-daughter Christina Knudsen — who also succumbed to cancer.Related stories from TheWrap:Dina Merrill, Heiress Turned Actress Who Grew Up in Trump's Future Mar-a-Lago Estate, Dies at 93Nicky Hayden, US Motorcycle Racer, Dies at 35 After Being Hit by a CarChris Cornell, Lead Singer of Soundgarden, Dies at 52Brad Grey, Producer, Manager and Former Paramount CEO, Dies at 59Powers Boothe, Emmy-Winning Character Actor, Dies at 68Tue, 23 May 2017 09:31:21 -0400 Maddow Tells Stephen Colbert That Republicans Will 'Do The Right Thing' (Video)’s Rachel Maddow told “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert that she expected Republicans will “do the right thing” when it comes to President Trump.“I think that people, when confronted with real issues of national interest, will do the right thing,” Maddow said.Maddow and Colbert had a lengthy conversation on Monday night’s episode about the various scandals surrounding Trump’s presidency, with ties to Russia being among the items they appear to be the most passionate about.Also Read: MSNBC Beats Fox News Among Weekday Primetime Viewers, Demo for First Time Ever“He can’t go on trial for obstruction of justice but he could be put on an impeachment trial by the House and the Senate,” Colbert said. “But do you think there is any chance that would happen if the Democrats do not get back the House and the Senate?”Maddow said she tries “not see it in partisan terms” and she feels that Republicans in the House and Senate will rise to the occasion and do the right thing, if the evidence of Russian ties becomes clear.“That would be nice… that would be lovely,” Colbert said.Maddow’s appearance on the “Late Show” came hours after news broke that MSNBC pulled off a historical ratings win last week. Her network beat both Fox News and CNN in weekday primetime among both total viewers and the key news demo for the first time ever.Fox News typically dominates cable news competition but MSNBC was the No. 2 most-watched network in all of basic cable for prime from May 15-19, behind only behind TNT’s NBA-playoff heavy schedule.Check out the video above.Related stories from TheWrap:Rachel Maddow Details Her Odd Phone Call With Trump to Seth Meyers The 28 Most-Watched Cable News Shows of 2017 So Far, From Rachel Maddow to Tucker Carlson MSNBC Beats Fox News Among Weekday Primetime Viewers, Demo for First Time EverTue, 23 May 2017 09:13:28 -0400'Late Late Show' to Launch Snapchat Series to Find James Corden's 'Successor' Corden is getting into the Snapchat business — and the James Corden-replacement business.The “Late Late Show” host is launching a Snapchat series this fall to find his own “successor,” per a Tuesday CBS Interactive announcement. It’s a real show, but a fictional competition.“While Corden is by no means leaving ‘The Late Late Show’ anytime soon, he knows that someday, years and years from now, he’ll have to hand over the reins to a new host, and he wants ample time to select and groom a worthy successor,” the media release reads.Also Read: Harry Styles Finally Does Solo 'Carpool Karaoke' “James Corden’s Next James Corden” will star the “Late Late” host and feature appearances from many familiar faces, including band leader Reggie Watts.Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe will serve as executive producers of the series, which hails from CBS Interactive in partnership with Fulwell 73, and in association with CBS Productions.Finally, yes, “James Corden’s Next James Corden” will be shot vertically for optimal viewing on mobile devices.Related stories from TheWrap:CBS Upfront: Colbert Torches Trump, Corden Mocks 'Star Trek' and an Exec Challenges Megyn KellyJames Corden to Return as Host for 2018 GrammysStephen Colbert and James Corden's Best Jokes From CBS Upfronts PresentationWatch Kurt Russell Beat the Living Hell Out of James Corden Ludacris Stands Ground While James Corden Fires an Apple at His Face Tue, 23 May 2017 09:10:15 -0400 Bombing Victim: Blast 'Blew People Backwards' Manchester Arena attendee who was hit by shrapnel describes the confusion after the explosion at Ariana Grande's concert last night.Tue, 23 May 2017 09:01:00 -0400 Songs Considered : NPR would anyone remix one of the most important and influential albums of all time? Giles Martin explains how and why he did it for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:01 -0400 is hoping Andy Cohen will make a 'Love Connection' with viewers in reboot of vintage dating series“Next there’s Tony. He likes to rent movies, buy junk food and stay up all night. Says that people always tell him he looks like John Davidson. And he claims he has trouble reading the signals women send out.”   Before singles were penning obnoxiously ironic and exceedingly clever bios for their...Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:00 -0400 We Know Tuesday : The Two-Way : NPR Manchester Police believe Salman Abedi, 22, was the suicide bomber. They also report making at least one related arrest. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.Tue, 23 May 2017 08:10:00 -0400 Police Arrest Suspect After Explosion At Ariana Grande Concert Manchester Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in conjunction with a deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concertTue, 23 May 2017 08:09:52 -0400 Kiarostami's Final Film is a Wry, Touching Farewell new film from the gifted Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami would be a treat at Cannes under any circumstances — but Kiarostami’s death last July at the age of 76 added a particular resonance and sense of loss to Tuesday’s screenings of “24 Frames,” the master’s final film.And the circumstances turned the film, a series of exquisite miniatures that would have been a wry and lovely piece of work under any circumstances, into a truly poignant farewell from a master.Among Iranian filmmakers, Asghar Farhadi has received more international recognition in recent years, including Oscars for “A Separation” and “The Salesman,” but Kiarostami is the giant over the last four decades. Kiarostami began making films in the ’70s, directed landmarks like “Close Up” and the Palme d’Or-winning “Taste of Cherry” in the ’90s, and in recent years went outside his home country to make a pair of mysterious, poetic gems in “Certified Copy” and “Like Someone in Love.”Also Read: Cannes Film Festival Sets Moment of Silence for Manchester 'Horror'He died on July 4 of last year, but there was talk that he had been working on something in his final months, and Cannes unveiled it on Tuesday. “24 Frames” is a series of short vignettes, all but one of them based on still photographs that Kiarostami had taken over the years. The idea, he explained in a title card at the beginning of the film, was to imagine “what might have happened before or after” the photographs were taken.To do so, he used digital filmmaking tools to enhance the photos and add live action to what were once stills. If the original photo was of a cow lying on the beach as the surf breaks nearby, Kiarostami’s reimagining will have lots more cows walking by; if it was a pair of lions framed through a rock arch, they’ll have brief and seemingly unsatisfying sex before their four and a half minutes are up.In most of the vignettes, to be honest, not much happens. Kiarostami gives us a vivid image of nature, and then the smallest of changes play out for a few minutes. He has the audacity to ask the question, “What happens before or after this photo was taken?” when most of the time his answer is, “Not much.”Also Read: 'The Rider' Cannes Review: Spectacular Rodeo Tale Is the Festival's Sleeper HitThese are minimalist, deliciously wry tableau, sounding variations on a few themes but never going for big moments. Mostly black-and-white, “24 Frames” works with snow and rain, with the sea and the trees, with cows and dogs and especially birds, many of them set off by framing devices that include fences and windows.Humans rarely enter this landscape, and there’s no narrative; instead, these variations on a theme add up to a beautifully restrained and quietly funny look at the world the director saw around him.At times “24 Frames” seems like an austere formal exercise, but Kiarostami had a remarkable eye, and it’s obvious that his heart was in these vignettes. He’s going out not with a big statement, but with a series of exquisite miniatures.Also Read: 'Killing of a Sacred Deer' Cannes Review: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell Get Dark and FreakyAnd the final moments of the film are extraordinary. A desk is set in front of a window. A young man appears to be asleep, his head down on the desk. On the computer screen in front of him is a shot from an old Hollywood movie of a man and a woman embracing. They kiss. The man at the table stirs. The words “The End” come up as the movie on the computer screen ends. And in the background, the song “Love Never Dies” plays: “Love never dies/Once it is in you/Life may be fleeting/Love lives on.”It may not sound like much described that way, but it soars under Kiarostami’s gentle touch. Even if you don’t care about Andrew Lloyd Webber or that theater song – the title song to a largely unsuccessful sequel to his hit musical “Phantom of the Opera” that never even made it to Broadway – the director turns it into a surprisingly moving farewell.Abbas Kiarostami will be missed, but at Cannes he left behind an extraordinary note of grace and beauty. Related stories from TheWrap:Cannes 2017: IFC Nears Deal for Directors' Fortnight Film 'The Rider' Netflix Slays the Sacred Cows of Cannes – So What Comes Next?Cannes So Far: Movies Take a Back Seat to Netflix and SecurityTue, 23 May 2017 08:07:42 -0400 Ledger's sister says it took blessing from Michelle Williams to get new documentary made 10 years after Heath Ledger's death, his sister, friends and the makers of the new documentary "I Am Heath Ledger" talk about his legacy.Tue, 23 May 2017 08:05:00 -0400 IFC Films to Acquire Jonas Carpignano’s A Ciambra Films[1] is nearing a deal to acquire Italian filmmaker Jonas Carpignano[2]’s drama "A Ciambra[3]," Deadline reports[4]. The film premiered Friday in the Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight section, and marks the first film to be produced under Martin Scorsese's new fund to help emerging filmmakers.READ MORE: Cannes: The Orchard Buys Palme d'Or Contender 'BPM '[5]“A Ciambra” is set in a small Romani community in Calabria, Italy, where 14-year-old Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. He follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere, learning the necessary skills for life on the streets, but when Cosimo disappears and things start to go wrong, Pio sets out to prove he's ready to step into his big brother's shoes.“Shot with a vérité intimacy that physicalizes Pio's ability to float between worlds - a trait that captures and complicates the character's nomadic heritage - ‘A Ciambra’ seems uncomfortable with the identity crisis in which Pio soon finds himself,” Indiewire’s David Ehrlich wrote in his review.[6] READ MORE: Cannes: Timely Un Certain Regard Entry 'Beauty and the Dogs' Picked Up By Oscilloscope[7]Carpignano caught the attention of the film world with his critically-acclaimed debut feature film "Mediterranea," which premiered at Cannes in 2015 as part of the Critics' Week lineup and was acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects label.IFC entered Cannes with four titles last year, and bought just one during the fest, but it picked a winner in "I, Daniel Blake." The film took the Palme d'Or, following up IFC's 2015 Palme d'Or winner "Dheepan.""A Ciambra" premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.[8] References^ IFC Films ^ Jonas Carpignano ^ A Ciambra ^ Deadline reports ^ READ MORE: Cannes: The Orchard Buys Palme d'Or Contender 'BPM ' ^ Indiewire’s David Ehrlich wrote in his review. ^ READ MORE: Cannes: Timely Un Certain Regard Entry 'Beauty and the Dogs' Picked Up By Oscilloscope ^ Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. Tue, 23 May 2017 07:42:55 -0400 Arrested in Connection With Attack at Ariana Grande Concert 23-year-old man has been arrested in South Manchester, England, in connection with Monday’s deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert, Greater Manchester Police reported on Tuesday.The man believed to be the sole attacker died at the scene after setting off a homemade explosive device that killed 22 people and injured at least 50 more Monday night at Manchester Arena, officials said. Neither he nor any potential accomplices have been publicly identified.On Tuesday, the BBC reported that the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement via IS channels on the messaging app Telegram.Speaking earlier on Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said authorities had not yet confirmed identification of the attacker nor determined if he was acting alone.Also Read: Donald Trump Calls Manchester Bombing Perpetrators 'Evil Losers in Life' The bombing — which British May denounced Tuesday as an “appalling, sickening terrorist attack” — occurred toward the very end of a concert on Monday night by American pop star Ariana Grande, around 10:35 p.m. local time.The explosion happened inside the foyer of the Manchester Arena — which holds about 21,000 people and is one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas, according to its website.It is the worst terrorist attack in the U.K. since the London bombings on July 7, 2005, that claimed 52 lives.Also Read: Cannes Film Festival Sets Moment of Silence for Manchester 'Horror'The explosion happened in the foyer of the arena, not the main event hall, according to the British Transport Police, which protects adjacent Victoria Station. Concertgoers were evacuated from the Manchester Arena following a “loud bang,” Greater Manchester Police said.With regards to last night’s incident at the Manchester arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester.— G M Police May 23, 2017Related stories from TheWrap:Cannes Film Festival Sets Moment of Silence for Manchester 'Horror'Donald Trump Calls Manchester Bombing Perpetrators 'Evil Losers in Life' Stars React to Deadly Manchester Bombing at Ariana Grande Concert: 'Brokenhearted'22 People Killed, 59 Injured at Ariana Grande's Manchester UK Concert After Suicide BombTue, 23 May 2017 07:26:06 -0400 Film Festival Sets Moment of Silence for Manchester 'Horror' Cannes Film Festival has planned a festival-wide moment of silence to take place on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. to show solidarity with the victims of Monday night’s suicide bombing during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.The attack killed at least 22 and injured dozens more, according to authorities.The festival, which began last Wednesday under heavier-than-usual security, put out the following release:The Festival de Cannes would like to express its horror, anger and immense sadness following the attack on the public and the city of Manchester last night.This is yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the Festival and those who make it possible – the artists, professionals and spectators – hold dear.The Festival de Cannes invites all festival-goers to show their solidarity with the victims, their families and the British people by observing a minute’s silence this Tuesday 23 May at 3pm.Cannes’ 70th anniversary celebration takes place on Tuesday night at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. The festival continues through Sunday, May 28.Related stories from TheWrap:'The Workshop' Cannes Review: Art and Politics Collide in Timely DramaCannes 2017: IFC Nears Deal for Directors' Fortnight Film 'The Rider' Cannes, Day 6: Punk Rock Aliens Party at Grand Palais; Sean Baker's 'Florida Project' ShinesTue, 23 May 2017 07:14:49 -0400 to Honor Victims of Manchester Attack With Moment of Silence Cannes[1] Film Festival is paying tribute to the victims of the horrific suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande in Manchester, England on Monday that killed 22 people and injured 59. The festival has invited attendees to observe a minute’s silence on Tuesday afternoon.READ MORE: Cannes Review: If 'Faces Places' Is Agnès Varda's Last Film, It's a Profoundly Moving and Absolutely Essential Farewell[2]“The Festival de Cannes would like to express its horror, anger and immense sadness following the attack on the public and the city of Manchester last night,” the festival said in a statement. “This is yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the Festival and those who make it possible – the artists, professionals and spectators – hold dear. The Festival de Cannes invites all festival-goers to show their solidarity with the victims, their families and the British people by observing a minute's silence this Tuesday 23 May at 3pm.” The attack at the concert, which was heavily attended by children, was the work of a suicide bomber. Pixar's "Cars 3" canceled a promotional event on Tuesday in response to the attack, Variety reported.[3]READ MORE: Cannes Critics' Week 2017: Enter to Win Online Festival Pass to Screen Short Films[4]“It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack, an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said[5] after an emergency cabinet meeting on TuesdayStay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.[6] This Article is related to: Film and tagged Cannes[7][8] References^ Cannes ^ READ MORE: Cannes Review: If 'Faces Places' Is Agnès Varda's Last Film, It's a Profoundly Moving and Absolutely Essential Farewell ^ Variety reported. ^ READ MORE: Cannes Critics' Week 2017: Enter to Win Online Festival Pass to Screen Short Films ^ British Prime Minister Theresa May said ^ Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. ^ Film ^ Cannes Tue, 23 May 2017 06:44:13 -0400 Trump Calls Manchester Bombing Perpetrators 'Evil Losers in Life' (Video) Donald Trump responded to Monday’s suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, calling the perpetrators of the deadly attack “evil losers in life.”“I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families, so many families, of the victims,” he said at a news conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. “We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.”Authorities said Tuesday that the attack claimed at least 22 lives, including many children, and injured more than 50 more.Also Read: Ariana Grande Is 'Broken' After Concert Bombing: 'From the Bottom of My Heart, I Am So Sorry'“So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” Trump said. “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are: They’re losers, and we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers, just remember that.”The president also renewed his call to confront international terrorism.“Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed,” he said. “We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people. And in today’s attack it was mostly innocent children. The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever.”Watch the video above.Related stories from TheWrap:Stars React to Deadly Manchester Bombing at Ariana Grande Concert: 'Brokenhearted'22 People Killed, 59 Injured at Ariana Grande's Manchester UK Concert After Suicide BombAriana Grande Is 'Broken' After Concert Bombing: 'From the Bottom of My Heart, I Am So Sorry'Tue, 23 May 2017 06:41:50 -0400 Flash’s Savitar Showdown: What to Watch on Tuesday, May 23 on today's PeekTV: Hulu's best comedy is back and Tom Hanks never left. Welcome to PeekTV[1], your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra. Tuesday, May 23What Happened Last Night?! Whose wedding made it into last night’s TV picks[2]? “The Flash[3]”The CW“Finish Line,” CW – 8:00 p.m.Synopsis: With nothing left to lose, Barry takes on Savitar in an epic conclusion to season three.Why You Should Watch: The CW continues to delight with its DC TV offerings. “The Flash” has long been a subject of critical championing[4], and we’re intrigued to see what a potential Season 4 might have in store. At the very least, this seems to be a climactic showdown worthy of Barry Allen’s comic book forebears . “Casual[6]”Greg Lewis/HuluSeason 3, HuluSynopsis: In the wake of [NAME REDACTED FOR THE SAKE OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT CAUGHT UP YET BUT YOU SHOULD REALLY GET ON THAT I KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF TV BUT WE WOULD NEVER STEER YOU WRONG]’s death, Alex and Valerie adjust to their new lives apart. Laura schemes to remove her tattoo. Dawn makes an unexpected announcement.Why You Should Watch: “The Handmaid’s Tale” is getting a deserved amount of intention for reshaping Hulu’s approach to drama. But for those getting around to the service’s original programming, there’s no better place[7] to start a catch-up than “Casual,” one of the most effectively bittersweet comedies in the TV landscape. Season 2 ended with a gut punch, but leave it to Valerie, Alex and Laura to persist in the only way they know how.“Truth & Iliza”Freeform/Nicole Wilder“Millenials,” Freeform – 10:00 p.m.Synopsis: Iliza tackles the stereotypes that plague millennials, asks elders for their advice, and gets the last word on social media.Why You Should Watch: Of the spring’s newest batch of late-night comedy shows, this one came out of the gate the strongest[8]. Bringing a strong perspective to some headline-grabbing themes, Iliza Schlesinger could be the first host outside of the “Daily Show” family tree to find some staying power on late-night cable, especially on a network that’s still honing its identity.Read This!“Twin Peaks” may be back, but it would be nothing without Log Lady, as Hanh Nguyen points out[9]. See why she could be the key to understanding the show - and saving everyone else in the process.#BestTVLines2017 Contender of the Day “The Leftovers” – Episode 5, “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”Late Night Blind Recommendation – Terry Crews and Rob Huebel on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”It’s not every night that you can get one of the funniest people on TV as a guest. When you can get two, it’s mandatory viewing. Kevin Spacey may be the headline-grabber of the “Late Show” evening, but don’t count out Crews and Huebel .Movie of the Night: “Bridge of Spies[11]” – Showtime, 6:30 p.m.One of the finest of the late-period Spielbergs, it’s also one of his most dependable. From Tom Hanks’ sturdy reaffirmation of his American Movie Star pedigree to an incisive Coen Brothers script - watch the scene about “The Rulebook”[12] and know that this isn’t just a film about the Cold War - there’s a certain kind of dispensing and understanding of history here that makes it all the more effective as an efficient legal thriller. Despite the awards season success it enjoyed, this is still a film that stands to be rediscovered by a fresh audience.—Back tomorrow with more PeekTV[13]. In the meantime, I don’t have pizza[14].Stay on top of the latest TV news! Sign up for our TV email newsletter here.[15] References^ PeekTV ^ TV picks ^ The Flash ^ critical championing ^ musical numbers ^ Casual ^ no better place ^ the strongest ^ points out ^ rapidly expanding coverage ^ Bridge of Spies ^ “The Rulebook” ^ PeekTV ^ I don’t have pizza ^ Stay on top of the latest TV news! Sign up for our TV email newsletter here. Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:27 -0400 once again roil Hollywood, but can anything be done about it? most large corporations, major Hollywood studios are fond of outsourcing. From coming attraction trailers that are designed to draw audiences into cinemas to eye-popping 3-D visual effects that burst off the screen, studios routinely farm out large chunks of work to vendors around the globe...Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 -0400 Review: The Rock and Zac Efron Deliver A Splashy Summer Hit have to hand it to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: The man knows how to have a good time. Through an elaborate fireworks display used to blow off a human foot, or an “American Ninja Warrior”-style standoff with a veiny Zac Efron[1] , the Rock commands a movie screen with a tranquil sheen that’s as smooth and shiny as the skin on his head. Taking over for David Hasselhoff as lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, he is comfortable commandeering jet-skis, diving into ocean fires, and bulldozing bad guys without breaking a sweat.READ MORE: 'Baywatch' Super Bowl Trailer: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron Save Lives and Fight Crime[2]Rebooted and remade, TV-to feature projects can range from the funny “21 Jump Street” to the offensively unfunny “CHIPS.” With its strong ensemble, quick pace, and equal opportunity eye candy, “Baywatch[3]” tips the scales heavily toward the former. If it weren’t for all the dick jokes and gags, “Baywatch”  would be home free. But then, there wouldn’t be much movie left. “Baywatch” begins as rock-star lifeguards Mitch, Stephanie , and CJ hold tryouts to fill three opening slots on the fabled Emerald Bay crew. When former Olympic swimmer Matt Brody shows up, guaranteed a spot for PR reasons, Mitch isn’t going to let him skate by so easily. A Ryan Lochte ringer, Brody was disgraced when his partying antics lost his relay team the gold medal because he threw up in the pool. Now, he’s looking to rehabilitate his image with a little community service. He makes the cut, along with fellow recruits Summer and Ronnie . But Brody never drops the ‘tude, challenging Mitch throughout, with Mitch hurling nicknames at Brody in one of the film’s funnier recurring jokes. .READ MORE: Michael Moore Calls for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to Run for President[4]Brody’s main gripe with Mitch? He wishes he would just act like a lifeguard and quit trying to uncover the nefarious drug ring taking over his beloved beach. A gorgeous mogul, Victoria Leeds , is opening a hot new club on the beach, and little kids are finding dime bags of flakka washing up onshore. Mitch takes it upon himself and his team to investigate, and action-comedy hijinks ensue. These include Ronnie twerking as a diversionary tactic, Brody dripping with melted cadaver body fat while hiding out in a morgue, and Mitch tricking Brody into lifting a dead man’s scrotum in order to check on the state of his taint.These gags are integral to the script, written by the team of seven credited writers ; the overkill comes from the many offhand dick/ball/mangina jokes that may or may not have been improvised. With accomplished comedic actors such as Rob Huebel , Hannibal Buress , and Bass , it’s easy to see why Johnson and Efron thought they could riff with the big boys. In outtakes that play as the credits roll, it’s clear that the juvenile sense of humor was not confined to the writers’ room. Bass, bless his heart, carries the weight of many of the movie’s worst offenders. An early scene has him inconveniently aroused in front of the object of his affection, CJ, when he flops down onto a beach chair to mask his shame and becomes lodged in between the slats of the chair. Later, he is caught singing naked in the shower. He’s - quite literally - the butt of many jokes. In contrast to the gorgeous humans running in slow motion before him, he rocks his neoprene T-shirt like a champ. A comedic force in the grand tradition of Seth Rogen or Jonah Hill, Bass is the breakout of “Baywatch.”READ MORE: 'Saturday Night Live' Review: One Dwayne Johnson To Rule Us All[5]There are some incongruities, like when Ronnie remains pretty calm when faced with photos of his dismembered friend. Victoria as a villain has about as much oomph as the barrel of fish she uses to smuggle her drugs. Nothing against Chopra; it’s as if the writers were so pleased with themselves for writing a female villain they forgot to give her a personality. In fact, the female characters, though at least there are four of them, are not memorable save for some fairly… broad traits.However, the premise is surprisingly ripe for a revamp; something about the blow-up floaties, the water rescues, and the red suits just screams summer blockbuster. “Baywatch” won’t blow anything out of the water , but it will certainly make a splash.Grade: B-“Baywatch” opens in theaters on May 25.  References^ Zac Efron ^ READ MORE: 'Baywatch' Super Bowl Trailer: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron Save Lives and Fight Crime ^ Baywatch ^ READ MORE: Michael Moore Calls for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to Run for President ^ READ MORE: 'Saturday Night Live' Review: One Dwayne Johnson To Rule Us All Tue, 23 May 2017 03:01:26 -0400 React to Manchester Concert Bombing: 'Brokenhearted' news emerged that a deadly bombing had devastated the crowd at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, the music industry’s biggest names paid tribute to the victims on Monday“Baywatch” star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson urged Manchester to “stay strong,” tweeting: “Our prayers and strength to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester.”Katy Perry said she was, “Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world.”Also Read: Donald Trump Calls Manchester Bombing Perpetrators 'Evil Losers in Life' “My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I’m sending all my love,” Taylor Swift said.Greater Manchester police confirmed that 19 people were killed and at least 50 were injured. The casualties are currently being treated at six hospitals in the northern England city.The incident is being treated as a terror attack with initial signs pointing to that of a suicide bomber.Also Read: 19 People Killed at Ariana Grande's Manchester UK Concert After Explosions, Police SayGrande herself tweeted her grief, saying she was “Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”British prime minister Theresa May issued a statement after the deadly incident. “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected,” May said, according to the Guardian.Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato and Nicki Minaj are among those sending their to sympathy and prayers to everyone in the northern England city.Also Read: Ariana Grande Is 'Broken' After Concert Bombing: 'From the Bottom of My Heart, I Am So Sorry'See the tweets below.My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift May 23, 2017My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.— Selena Gomez May 23, 2017This story is so sad and so scary. Sending all my love to Manchester.— Ellen DeGeneres May 23, 2017No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.— Bruno Mars May 23, 2017Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande ????????— Dwayne Johnson May 22, 2017broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.— Ariana Grande May 23, 2017Prayers Up for Manchester. ???????????????????????? Regardless of what you believe in, please take a moment for everyone affected.— Mojo Rawley May 23, 2017Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. ????????????????????????— Demi Lovato May 22, 2017My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this— NICKI MINAJ May 23, 2017MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND— Cher May 22, 2017My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this horrific act in Manchester. We need to do better. We need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.— Justin Timberlake May 23, 2017Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world. ????— KATY PERRY May 23, 2017R.I.P to all those innocent people who had their lives taken from them last night in Manchester. Thoughts with those affected. #StayStrong— Manchester United May 23, 2017every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari— Lorde May 23, 2017Sending love to those affected in Manchester.— Ellie Goulding May 22, 2017Related stories from TheWrap:Ariana Grande Is 'Broken' After Concert Bombing: 'From the Bottom of My Heart, I Am So Sorry'22 People Killed, 59 Injured at Ariana Grande's Manchester UK Concert After Suicide BombAriana Grande, John Legend to Re-Record 'Beauty and the Beast' Title Song for Live-Action AdaptationTue, 23 May 2017 01:22:09 -0400 2017: “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “The Day After,” “The Workshop” | Cannes Scharres May 22, 2017  |  Print Page Tweet[1][2]The social niceties begin to go by the wayside at the Cannes Film Festival as the days go on. Festival Palais guards start looking like the enemy when schedules go awry and hundreds of journalists stand pressed together and sweating in the Riviera sun at midday because a screening starts forty minutes late for no announced reason. A big artificial ficus tree was overturned in the crush at the door of one screening this morning. Herd instinct kicks in and lines are crossed. Three films today are apt expressions of crossing lines and flouting norms.AdvertisementThe satirically distorted worldview of director Yorgos Lanthimos[3] began altering the cinematic landscape in his native Greece with taboo-breaking films including Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth[4],” which also scored two A Certain Regard awards at Cannes. By the time he made the Cannes jury prize-winner “The Lobster[5],” also nominated for an Oscar as well as a Golden Globe, he had become a fully international director. His new competition film “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is technically an Irish production shot in Cincinnati, starring Colin Farrell[6] and Nicole Kidman[7]. In “The Lobster,” Farrell played a clueless innocent in a harsh reeducation camp for romantic losers. In “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” a heavily-bearded Farrell plays a cardiac surgeon and uptight family man. He and wife Anna have sex when she arranges herself in the “general anesthetic” pose. He has no innocence to lose in paying a debt from his professional past. The price turns out to be hefty. Typical of Lanthimos’ work, the acting is stylized. Farrell’s Dr. Steven Murphy speaks his dialogue in a clipped, mechanical manner, while other characters, including Anna, speak with normal expression but still adhere to a measured, ritualized delivery. Steven has taken a special interest in Martin , a 16-year-old boy who has recently lost his father, one of Steven’s patients. They meet secretly and often for a puzzling and awkward exchange of pleasantries. The doctor gifts Martin with an expensive watch and invites him to come to his home to meet Anna and his two adolescent kids, Kim and Bob. Martin reciprocates the next day and invites Martin home to meet his mother . Everything is more than a little off-kilter in this world. By putting the subjects of conversations and many actions absurdly outside of the social norm, Lanthimos succeeds in creating a sense of unease in the viewer, and in making banal content feel forbidden. There are obsessive, repetitive discussions of trivialities like the preferred sort of watchband, or the appropriate quantity of body hair. When Kim and Bob are suddenly stricken with a psychosomatic-seeming malady that leaves them both paralyzed from the waist down, Steven demands that his son get up and walk with the bizarre threat, “I will take my electric razor, shave your head, and make you eat your hair.” Martin is the author of Kim’s and Bob’s illness, and he outlines to Steven the worsening stages set to follow, including bleeding eyes and death. This is payback for a blunder on Steven’s part, according to the completely arbitrary rules of revenge and justice that exist in a Lanthimos film. A blood sacrifice is required. Advertisement In the most perverse sense, Lanthimos films are comedies. In his films, laughter is generated by the transgression of the rules of behavior, language, and custom. An off-the-wall disregard for any norms results in a crazily absurd world where everything is backwards. Funny-strange becomes funny. In that way, Lanthimos violates his own cockeyed rules with “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” It’s a far grimmer film than he has made in the past, with the heaviness of torture and violence. Just when you think he’s gone the limit with violations, he steps over one more line.Prolific Korean director Hong Sangsoo, a School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduate, has 21 feature films to his credit, and is a Cannes veteran. This is his eighth trip to the festival, with “The Day After” in competition, and “Claire’s Camera” in a special screening. He was in competition in 2008 with “In Another Country,” starring Isabelle Huppert[10]; in 2012 with “Tale of Cinema;” and in 2004 with “Woman Is the Future of Man.” He’s also had four films selected for A Certain Regard over the years. Hong Sangsoo’s films inevitably treat variations on romantic obsession and self-delusion in relation to love, most often complicated by misunderstandings and missed connections, and delivered with irony and a sly sense of humor. His films are playful yet rigorous. “The Day After,” shot in black-and-white, constructs one complicated day in the life of Bongwan , a book publisher having an extramarital affair, and Areum , the woman who is his newly-hired employee. Middle-aged Bongwan’s wife confronts her husband across the breakfast table to air her suspicions that he has a girlfriend on the side. He leaves for work at a pre-dawn hour, recalling his ex-lover in flashback. Hong presents a lovely look at empty Seoul streets in the winter darkness, one of the film’s rare acknowledgements of the landscape. The new employee has already arrived, and Bongwan sits her down for friendly but unusually detailed questions about her living arrangements, her writing ambitions, and her family. Advertisement It’s not long before the wife, in an agitated state, shows up while Areum is alone in the office. Mistaking her for her husband’s lover, she hauls off and slaps her face and begins beating her. Later, Bongwan takes Areum to lunch to apologize. He chummily suggests that they should be on a first-name basis, and when she asks what to call him, he replies, “You can call me Boss.” Hong films their lunch, which includes a long philosophical discussion, by panning back and forth between the two, a method that will characterize many of the film’s other face-to-face conversations, and imbue them with an intimate inquisitive quality. “The Day After” has a cyclical construction, bookended by winter snow and the arrival and departure of Areum. In flashback, the lover Changsook is seen bawling loudly mid-breakup, snot dripping from her nose. On the fateful day in question, she returns to the office after what has been a month’s hiatus, and Areum is given the boot. There is irony and subtle farce in Areum’s own return for a visit some time later, when in the course of a conversation she begins to realize that Bongwan does not recognize her.French director Laurent Cantet[11], winner of the Palme d’Or in 2008 for “The Class[12],” premieres his “The Workshop” in Un Certain Regard. Like “The Class,” this new film is co-written by Robin Campillo[13], who is also the director of “20 Beats per Minute” screening in competition. Campillo’s hand is more than evident in the structure of “The Workshop,” which devotes its first hour to the nitty-gritty discussions that take place in a government job center writing workshop for unemployed youth. The second half develops the adversarial relationship between one student, Antoine , and the moderator Olivia , a famous crime novelist. Advertisement The French appear to have a much greater appetite for this kind of discussion-based cinema that airs social problems than do American audiences. From mediocre films like “Standing Tall[15]” by Emanuelle Bercot, the 2015 lackluster Cannes opener, to an exceptional film like “The Measure of a Man[16]” by Stephane Brize, there are quite a few recent productions that dwell to lesser or greater extent on politically-oriented debates and self-help workshops. A skeptical handful of ethnically diverse young people in a rundown south of France city gather for the first meeting of Olivia’s workshop, with the mission of brainstorming ideas in order to group-write a thriller. It’s evident from the start that Antoine is a troublemaker who espouses white supremacist ideas and continually baits the black and Muslim members of the group. His own writing exercises run to extreme violence and terrorist murders committed by a fictional hero. “The Workshop” is meant to evolve into a thriller in its own right when Olivia becomes fascinated with Antoine as a potential research source for her own stalled writing, and he begins stalking her and kidnaps her at gunpoint. This is too little too late, because the discussions of racism and unemployment, an illustrative tour of a shuttered boatyard and its history of worker activism, plus fictional video clips of members of a right-wing group engaging in target practice and spying on a refugee trailer encampment brand the film overwhelmingly as a socially-conscious exercise. 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