Cannes Film Fest 2018: Everybody Knows, By Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi, Acquired by Focus Features

Cannes Film Fest begins on a high note: Focus Features has acquired Cannes film festival opening night, Everybody Knows (Todos Los Saben), directed by two-time Oscar winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi and starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin.

Solo: A Star Wars Story–How George Lucas Changed One Scene of Howard’s Movie with a Joke

Star Wars franchise creator George Lucas still has strong feelings about his original characters would do or should say. When Ron Howard appeared on The Late Show on Thursday, he revealed that Lucas suggested a joke during the shoot of Solo: A Star Wars Story that Howard eventually filmed.

Hollywood 2018: Average Movie Ticket Price is $9.16

The average first-quarter movie ticket price for North America jumped 3.6% from a year ago, rising from $8.84 to $9.16, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has reported.
The figure, released Monday by NATO, is down only two cents from the fourth-quarter average of $9.18, which was driven by the combination of premium prices for tentpole films (such as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) and awards contenders.
Overall business during the first quarter was down about 2.8% to $2.93 billion, according to comScore, as Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” generated 22% of the quarter’s revenues with $648 million. A pair of holdovers released on Dec. 20 performed well, with Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” grossing $233 million during the quarter and Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” taking in $122.8 million.

Harveygate: N.Y. Times Story of Weinstein Sex Scandals is Now a Hollywood Movie

The story of New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and their roles in taking down movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will become a Hollywood movie.

Politics 2018: Oscar Winner Portman Clarifies Rejection of Israeli Award

I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony. By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it,” she wrote, referring to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions group that protests Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and the West Bank–Portman