Movies coming to theaters in May: ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,’ ‘Uglydolls,’ ‘Aladdin’ and …

… Kelly Clarkson, River Rose Blackstock, and Brandon Blackstock attend STX Films World Premiere of “UglyDolls” at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April …
From l-r: "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum," "Uglydolls," and "Aladdin" come to theaters in May.

From l-r: “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” “Uglydolls,” and “Aladdin” come to theaters in May.

May marks the release of many highly awaited films coming to theaters nationwide. From the latest installment in the “John Wick” franchise to the remake of Disney’s “Aladdin,” here’s a look at what movies are being released this month:

“Long Shot” (May 3) —A childhood crush gets a second chance when a presidential hopeful (Charlize Theron) hires a speechwriter (Seth Rogen) who she used to babysit in this raucous comedy.

“Uglydolls” (May 3) —The popular toys are voiced by some of music’s biggest stars, including Kelly Clarkson and Pitbull, in this animated family film.

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Seth Blackstock, Remington Alexander Blackstock, Savannah Blackstock, Kelly Clarkson, River Rose Blackstock, and Brandon Blackstock attend STX Films World Premiere of "UglyDolls" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Seth Blackstock, Remington Alexander Blackstock, Savannah Blackstock, Kelly Clarkson, River Rose Blackstock, and Brandon Blackstock attend STX Films World Premiere of “UglyDolls” at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Getty)

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” (May 3) — Zac Efron plays Ted Bundy in this unconventional look at the serial killer through the eyes of an ex-girlfriend (Lily Collins) witnessing his downfall in this Netflix drama. Also in select theaters.

“Wine Country” (May 8 theaters, May 10 Netflix) — Amy Poehler has assembled the Avengers of comedy, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Paula Pell, Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer, in this Netflix film about a heightened 50th birthday trip to Napa.

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“The Hustle” (May 10) —Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson put a female spin on “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

This image released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures shows Anne Hathaway as Josephine Chesterfield, left, and Rebel Wilson as Penny Rust, in a scene from "The Hustle." (Christian Black/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures via AP)

This image released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures shows Anne Hathaway as Josephine Chesterfield, left, and Rebel Wilson as Penny Rust, in a scene from “The Hustle.” (Christian Black/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures via AP)

“Detective Pikachu” (May 10) — Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to the cuddly yellow Pokemon in this live-action mystery.

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“John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” (May 17) — Everyone’s favorite assassin is back and this time the Keanu Reeves character has a $14 million price on his head.

“The Souvenir” (May 17) — Tilda Swinton co-stars in this Sundance breakout about a young film student who gets wrapped up in a fraught relationship.

“Aladdin” (May 24) — This live-action reboot of the animated classic from director Guy Ritchie finds Will Smith in the role of the Genie.

“Booksmart” (May 24) — Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein star as overachieving high school students who decide to break the rules for once one epic night in this SXSW breakout comedy.

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“Brightburn” (May 24) — This James Gunn-produced thriller with Elizabeth Banks puts a sinister spin on a classic superhero tale. What if the alien child who crash lands on earth isn’t actually good?

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (May 31) — “Stranger Things” breakout Millie Bobby Brown makes her big screen debut alongside Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and O’Shea Jackson.”

“Ma” (May 31) — Octavia Spencer terrorizes some young kids in this thriller from “The Help” director Tate Taylor.

“Rocketman” (May 31) — Taron Egerton uses his own voice to play Elton John in this fantasy musical biopic, with Jamie Bell and Richard Madden.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Taron Egerton as Elton John in a scene from "Rocketman." (David Appleby/ Paramount Pictures via AP)

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Taron Egerton as Elton John in a scene from “Rocketman.” (David Appleby/ Paramount Pictures via AP)

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ALSO PLAYING: “Knock Down the House” (May 1 on Netflix and in select theaters); “The Last Summer” (May 3 on Netflix); “Non-Fiction” (May 3); “Ask Dr. Ruth” (May 3); “The Intruder” (May 3); “El Chicano” (May 3); “Tolkien” (May 10); “Charlie Says” (May 10); “The Biggest Little Farm” (May 10); “Poms” (May 10); “All Is True” (May 10); “My Son” (May 10); “All Creatures Here Below” (May 17); “Trial by Fire” (May 17); “A Violent Separation” (May 17); “See You Yesterday” (May 17 on Netflix); “A Dog’s Journey” (May 17); “The Sun is Also a Star” (May 17); “The Tomorrow Man” (May 22); “Halston” (May 24); “Echo in the Canyon” (May 24); “Isabelle” (May 24); “The Poison Rose” (May 24); “The Perfection” (May 24 on Netflix); “Rim of the World” (May 24 on Netflix); “Always Be My Maybe” (May 29 in theaters, May 31 on Netflix); “Domino” (May 31).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Skydance Media and Paramount Pictures Announce Fosun Pictures to Partner on Gemini Man

“We are very happy to partner with Fosun on Gemini Man,” said Jesse … on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00656:HK) since 2007.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. & BEIJING–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skydance and Paramount Pictures announced today that Fosun Pictures joins as a global partner on the upcoming innovative action thriller Gemini Man.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain), Gemini Man stars Will Smith (Suicide Squad) as an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative who seemingly can predict his every move. The film, written by David Benioff and Billy Ray, also stars Clive Owen (Children of Men), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) and Benedict Wong (Avengers: Infinity War).

Skydance developed the project alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, who will serve as a producer with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger. Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Guo Guangchang, Brian Bell and Don Murphy will executive produce.

“We’re very excited with the opportunity to work with Ang Lee. He is such a great director with a worldwide reputation and Gemini is a one-of-a-kind character-driven action movie we’ve never seen before,” said Li Haifeng, Chairman of Fosun Pictures and Senior Vice President of Fosun International. “We’re also impressed by the teams of Skydance and Paramount Pictures. Both are very energetic and innovative. We are thrilled to work with them.”

“We are very happy to partner with Fosun on Gemini Man,” said Jesse Sisgold, Skydance Media President & COO. “We believe the film will greatly benefit from Fosun’s massive footprint in China, as well as its connection to audiences worldwide via its myriad of brands.”

Gemini Man is set to release in the U.S. on October 11, 2019.

In addition to Gemini Man, Skydance’s upcoming feature film releases include 6 Underground, Terminator: Dark Fate and Top Gun: Maverick.

About Skydance Media, LLC

Skydance is the diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high-quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories with immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive and animation divisions. Recent feature films include Mission: Impossible–Fallout and Annihilation. Skydance’s upcoming feature films include 6 Underground, Gemini Man, Terminator: Dark Fate, Top Gun: Maverick, and The Old Guard. Skydance Television launched in 2013, and its current slate includes two Emmy-nominated series, Grace and Frankie and Altered Carbon, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Condor and Foundation. Skydance Interactive launched in 2016 to create and publish original and IP-based virtual reality video games; its library includes the mech-shooter game Archangel: Hellfire and the upcoming 2019 title The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners. In 2017, Skydance formed an animation division to develop and produce a slate of high-end feature films and television series. The first slated movie is Luck, which comes to theaters March 2021.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, and Paramount Players. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Fosun

Fosun International Limited is a family focused multinational company that has been listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00656:HK) since 2007. Founded in 1992, Fosun’s total assets were worth RMB638.9 billion (c. US$ 93.1 billion) as of 31 December 2018. With its roots in China, and through technology and innovation, Fosun’s mission is to create customer-to-maker (C2M) ecosystems in health, happiness and wealth, providing high-quality products and services for families around the world.

About Fosun Pictures

Fosun Pictures is a Fosun family member focusing on media and entertainment business. Fosun Pictures is dedicated to building long-term relationships with talents and bring high-quality content to one billion families worldwide. As a China-rooted studio, Fosun Pictures is committed to telling Chinese stories in universal languages globally, while at the same time, facilitating the connection between China and the world. In addition, Fosun Pictures is going to expand and diversify its business segments by integrating the resources of the industry.

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Quantum Capital Management Invests $671000 in Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) Stock

Quantum Capital Management acquired a new stake in shares of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most …

Viacom logoQuantum Capital Management acquired a new stake in shares of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm acquired 26,109 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $671,000.

Other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Macquarie Group Ltd. grew its holdings in shares of Viacom by 1.5% during the 3rd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 321,544 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,855,000 after acquiring an additional 4,700 shares during the period. Virginia National Bank lifted its position in Viacom by 197.2% in the 4th quarter. Virginia National Bank now owns 212,470 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,461,000 after acquiring an additional 140,990 shares in the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. lifted its position in Viacom by 50.6% in the 3rd quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 89,511 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,026,000 after acquiring an additional 30,094 shares in the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP lifted its position in Viacom by 8.1% in the 3rd quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 819,495 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,666,000 after acquiring an additional 61,720 shares in the last quarter. Finally, MERIAN GLOBAL INVESTORS UK Ltd bought a new position in Viacom in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $7,823,000. 79.87% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of NASDAQ:VIAB traded down $0.64 during trading on Friday, reaching $25.34. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 10,261,564 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,479,903. The company has a current ratio of 1.31, a quick ratio of 1.10 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.12. Viacom, Inc. has a 12 month low of $23.31 and a 12 month high of $34.44. The company has a market cap of $10.21 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.15, a PEG ratio of 0.73 and a beta of 1.46.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 5th. The company reported $1.12 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $3.09 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.12 billion. Viacom had a net margin of 11.60% and a return on equity of 23.34%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.03 EPS. As a group, equities analysts forecast that Viacom, Inc. will post 4.21 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 15th will be paid a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.16%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 14th. Viacom’s payout ratio is currently 19.42%.

VIAB has been the topic of several analyst reports. Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on Viacom in a research report on Thursday, November 29th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $34.00 price objective on the stock. Barrington Research upgraded shares of Viacom from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $35.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 2nd. Imperial Capital upgraded shares of Viacom from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their target price for the company from $30.00 to $37.00 in a research note on Friday, January 11th. TheStreet lowered Viacom from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 26th. Finally, Wolfe Research started coverage on Viacom in a research note on Friday, December 7th. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Viacom presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $34.42.

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Viacom Company Profile

Viacom Inc operates media brands that create entertainment content worldwide. It operates through two segments, Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment offers entertainment content, services, and related branded products for consumers through approximately 314 locally programmed and operated television channels, including Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Nick Jr., VH1, TV Land, CMT, Logo, Channel 5, Milkshake!, Telefe, Colors, Paramount Channel, TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick Music, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, BET Her, BET Gospel, and BET Hip Hop, as well as through online, mobile, and apps.

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Viacom Adds FuboTV To Its Networks

Other cable networks investors on Philo include AMC Networks, Discovery, A+E Networks, as well as CBC New Media, NEA, Rho Ventures and Xfund.

Viacom continues to makeprogress with new virtual pay TV network services — now adding fuboTV for nine of its core networks.

Viacom says BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, TV Landand VH1 will soon be included in fuboTV’s base package, called fubo.

The deal also includes Viacom’s Telefe and MTV Tr3s networks on fuboTV’s Spanish-language basepackage, fubo Latino. There are around 300,000 subscribers for fuboTV.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Viacom’s other deals include Sling TV, which has 2.4million subscribers and carries 12 Viacom networks. Viacom is also on DirecTV Now, which has 1.6 million subscribers, also carrying 12 Viacom channels.

Back in 2017, Viacom struck adistribution and investor deal with Philo — which touts skinny package of primarily non-sports cable channels. Sixteen Viacom channels are carried on Philo services currently.

Othercable networks investors on Philo include AMC Networks, Discovery, A+E Networks, as well as CBC New Media, NEA, Rho Ventures and Xfund.

Basic Philo packages costs $16 monthly for 40entertainment and lifestyle channels, and $20 for 55 channels.

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iQIYI Gains Exclusive Broadcast Rights in China for George Clooney’s “Catch-22”

The Company distinguishes itself in the online entertainment industry by its leading technology platform powered by advanced AI, big data analytics …

“iQIYI is proud to have exclusive rights to bring George Clooney’s seminal limited series ‘Catch-22’ to the Chinese market,” said iQIYI Vice President Michael Chen. “As China’s largest streaming platform, iQIYI is increasingly becoming recognized as the premium option for introducing the highest quality entertainment content to Chinese entertainment fans.”

“We are delighted to be working with iQIYI to bring George Clooney’s highly anticipated ‘Catch-22’ to audiences across China,” said Jonathan Greenberg, Senior Vice President, Regional Sales, Asia Pacific for Paramount. “This compelling limited series is exactly the kind of high-quality, premium entertainment that iQIYI users have come to expect and we look forward to delivering more world-class programming in the future.”

“Catch-22” will be adapted as a six-episode, hour-long limited drama series from Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, George Clooney and Grant Heslov. “Catch-22” is executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov (“Argo”) on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures, along with Richard Brown (“True Detective”) and Steve Golin (“Spotlight”) on behalf of Anonymous Content. Luke Davies (“Lion”) and David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) are co-writers and executive producers for the series. Ellen Kuras (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) serves as producer and will direct two episodes. Clooney and Heslov will also each direct two episodes.

About iQIYI, Inc.

iQIYI, Inc. (NASDAQ: IQ) (“iQIYI” or the “Company”) is an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China. Its corporate DNA combines creative talent with technology, fostering an environment for continuous innovation and the production of blockbuster content. iQIYI’s platform features highly popular original content, as well as a comprehensive library of other professionally-produced content, partner-generated content and user-generated content. The Company distinguishes itself in the online entertainment industry by its leading technology platform powered by advanced AI, big data analytics and other core proprietary technologies. iQIYI attracts a massive user base with tremendous user engagement, and has developed a diversified monetization model including membership services, online advertising services, content distribution, live broadcasting, online games, IP licensing, online literature and e-commerce etc. For more information on iQIYI, please visit http://ir.iqiyi.com.

About Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution

Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution (PWTLD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories. The PWTLD division is responsible for licensing Paramount Pictures’ feature films and television programming for exhibition across all forms of linear channels as well as on-demand services around the world.

About Paramount Television

Paramount Television is a leading studio, developing and financing a wide range of cutting-edge and entertaining television content across all media platforms for distribution worldwide. The studio’s robust slate includes Tom Clancy’sJack Ryan” (Amazon), “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix), “Maniac” (Netflix), “Berlin Station” (EPIX), “The Alienist” (TNT), “The Angel of Darkness” (TNT), “The Haunting of Hill House” (Netflix), “Catch-22” (Hulu), “First Wives Club” (BET), “Looking for Alaska” (Hulu), “Boomerang” (BET), “Shantaram” (Apple), “Defending Jacob” (Apple), “Dream Team” (BET) and the “Untitled Hilde Lysiak Project” (Apple), among others. Paramount Television is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.

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