Can ‘Book Club’s’ Star Power Lure Older Moviegoers From ‘Deadpool 2’?

Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen were some of the most seductive stars of the 1970s, with boundary-pushing fare like “Klute,” “Barbarella,” and “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice” winning critical acclaim and filling theaters.Five decades later, the question is whether their fanbase will turn for the decidedly more commercial “Book Club,” set to open wide on May 18 in a counterprogramming play against Fox’s potent sequel “Deadpool 2.”Bergen, Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen stopped by the CinemaCon convention in April to banter and drink wine on stage, with Bergen quipping that she wasn’t sure “living” was the right description when they were introduced as “living legends.”The film follows four friends — aged 65 and above — whose lives are disrupted when their book club decides to read E.

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James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Though the film is rated PG-13, the steamy novel puts them each in

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