'X-Men: Days of Future Past' on track for $125 million opening weekend

Nicholas Hoult in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Nicholas Hoult in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Credit: AP / Alan Markfield)

THE MOVIE "X-Men: Days of Future Past"

THE DEAL Despite a recent flurry of negative publicity, the superhero-ensemble film is on track to earn $125 million during its opening weekend and could become the highest-grossing entry in the franchise, Variety reports. Director Bryan Singer has dropped out of the film's pre-release publicity campaign to fight lawsuits accusing him of having sex with minors, but those headlines have apparently done little to dampen enthusiasm for the movie. The seventh installment in the "X-Men" series features a powerhouse cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and Michael Fassbender. It's due in theaters May 23.

 

WHO Ronald Reagan

THE MOVIE "Reagan"

THE DEAL The filmmakers behind a biographical drama about the 40th president have inked a deal with Manifest Film Sales for distribution outside the United States, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Already slated for a U.S. release on 3,000 screens, "Reagan" will tell its story through the eyes of a KGB agent who monitored the president for decades, starting with his years as leader of the Screen Actors Guild. The script is by Howard Klausner, a co-writer of Clint Eastwood's "Space Cowboys." The movie's website, reaganfilm.com, does not list any cast, director or release date.

 

THE MOVIE "Bicycling With Molière"

THE DEAL In this comedy from director Philippe Le Guay, two French actors (Lambert Wilson and Fabrice Luchini) portray two French actors whose only common denominator is their shared love for Molière. It was shown at last month's Tribeca Film Festival, and The Hollywood Reporter called it a "warm and winning chamber piece." It screens next week as part of the Elliman Film Series.

INFO Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at Soundview Cinemas, 7 Soundview Market Place, Port Washington. 516-829-2570, goldcoastfilmfestival.org

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