Monday Movie Report: Women’s March Takes Place At Cannes

Taking center stage at this year’s Cannes Film Festival was a women’s march Saturday night, led by event jury president Cate Blanchett, to promote gender equality in movie making.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 82 women participated, including Krsiten Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Salma Hayek and Patty Jenkins. During the march, Blanchett and Agnes Varda read a statement noting every woman that’s been in the festival’s competition.

“Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise. As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress,” Blanchett said, according to THR. “We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents and all involved in the cinematic arts. We stand in solidarity with women of all industries.”

THR reports that the event was orchestrated by the French organization 5050×2020. The organization is similar to other movements across the globe such as Time’s Up and #MeToo.

The article from THR states that today, a conference is taking place which will include an announcement from Cannes head Theirry Fremaux, who will detail programming changes in light of the #MeToo movement.

The Cannes Film Festival will end on Saturday.

For the third week in a row, “Avengers: Infinity War” earned the top spot at the box office, taking in more than $61 million. The amount easily topped out the second place film, “Life of the Party.”

The full top five from the weekend was:
1. Avengers: Infinity War – $61,817,000
2. Life of the Party – $18,500,000
3. Breaking In – $16,500,000
4. Overboard – $10,100,000
5. A Quiet Place – $6,400,000

There may be a new No. 1 this coming weekend, though, as the action-comedy “Deadpool 2” hits theaters. Other movies getting released Friday include the comedy “Book Club” and the family feature “Show Dogs.”

On home video, the only major release this week is “Black Panther.” I gave that film a 4.3 out of 5 and it has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 96%.