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'Toy Story 4' Tops the Weekend Box Office With $118 Million

'Toy Story 4' Tops the Weekend Box Office With $118 Million
Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 topped the weekend box office and did so with the franchise's largest opening weekend yet, but even it seems to have been bitten by the summer's sequel slump as it too delivered well below studio and industry expectations. On top of that, UA Releasing's Child's Play finished in second place while also missing forecasted pre-weekend expectations while Lionsgate and Summit's Anna fell just shy of a spot in the top ten. With an estimated $118 million, Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 topped the weekend box office, though fell well short of the studio's $140+ million expectations, not to mention Mojo's lofty weekend forecast. The performance is, however, the best of the franchise, topping Toy Story 3's $110.3 million opening back in 2010 and fourth largest animated opening ever, which are hardly milestones you can ignore. It's also worth mentioning this is the third largest opening weekend of the year,
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Demi Moore joins USA Network’s Brave New World

Demi Moore joins USA Network’s Brave New World
Demi Moore has become the latest addition to the cast of Brave New World, the upcoming USA Network TV adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s classic 1931 novel.

Moore – whose recent credits include a recurring role in Empire – is set to portray Linda, the hard-living mother of protagonist John the Savage, played by Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Alden Ehrenreich.

The series has been written by written by David Wiener (Homecoming) and features a cast that also includes Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Lloyd, Kylie Bunbury, Hannah John-Kamen, Sen Mitsuji, Joseph Morgan and Nina Sosanya. The official synopsis for the 10-episode series reads:

As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands,
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Blumhouse’s 'The Invisible Man' adds Aldis Hodge

Blumhouse’s 'The Invisible Man' adds Aldis Hodge
Hidden Figures and City on a Hill actor Aldis Hodge has signed on to the cast of Blumhouse Productions’ upcoming Universal Monsters remake The Invisible Man, Bloody Disgusting has revealed.

This latest take on the classic H.G. Wells tale is being directed by Leigh Whannell (Upgrade), and marks the first post-Dark Universe project from Universal as the studio looks to relaunch its legendary cinematic monsters for the 21st century.

Hodge joins the previously announced Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) in the film, and will plot details are being kept under wraps, previous rumors have suggested that it will revolve around Moss’ character as she receives news about her abusive ex-boyfriend’s suicide, only to come to suspect that her deceased former lover is not actually dead.

The Invisible Man is set for release on March 13th 2020.
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'Venom' producer confirms Tom Hardy return for sequel, teases future Spider-Man crossover

'Venom' producer confirms Tom Hardy return for sequel, teases future Spider-Man crossover
Last year saw the successful launch of ‘Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters’ with Venom, the Tom Hardy-headlined comic book adaptation defying critics (and early backlash against its marketing campaign) to gross an impressive $855 million worldwide.

With a hit in the bag, Sony wasted little time in setting two further Marvel movie dates – the Jared Leto-headlined Morbius the Living Vampire slated for July 10th 2020, followed by an ‘Untitled Sony/Marvel Sequel’ on October 2nd.

While we’re technically yet to get any official confirmation that the October release is Venom 2, the fact it’s described as a sequel doesn’t really leave any other alternative (assuming Sony isn’t planning to drop a surprise Morbius sequel three months after the first), and now producer Amy Pascal has confirmed that the Venom follow-up is indeed moving ahead, with Tom Hardy back as Eddie Brock.

“I can say that Tom Hardy will be back,
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‘Wild Rose’ Outpaced by Documentaries at Specialty Box Office

‘Wild Rose’ Outpaced by Documentaries at Specialty Box Office
Documentaries continue to dominate the specialized world. Among new openers, three of the four are non-fiction titles. They include “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” (Magnolia) and a reissue of David Hockney biodoc “A Bigger Splash” (Metrograph).

Wild Rose,” the top narrative release of the week from Neon, had a middling start despite strong support and good reviews for breakout Jessie Buckley. The familiar story of an aspiring singer might have limited its appeal.

Among holdovers, documentaries are holding better than the two prime Sundance titles that opened soft in recent weeks. Not showing signs of sustained growth are “Late Night” (Amazon), which dropped more than half on its second wide weekend, while “Booksmart” (United Artists) is nearing $21 million, a total the Amazon film is unlikely to reach.

Opening

Wild Rose (Neon) – Metacritic: 78; Festivals include: Toronto 2018, South by Southwest 2019

$56,183 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $14,046

Rising actress Buckley, on view in HBO’s “Chernobyl,
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China Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Beaten by Old Animated Film ‘Spirited Away’

Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” has debuted to record-breaking opening weekends all over the world – but not in China, where it was soundly beaten by a nearly 20-year-old Japanese anime classic, Ghibli Studios’ “Spirited Away.”

While “Toy Story 4” made film history in territories around the world with the largest-ever three-day opening for an animated feature — including in the U.S. (with $118 million in ticket sales), the U.K., Mexico and Argentina — it came in second in China, where it grossed just $13.2 million, according to data from Artisan Gateway.

Its runner-up finish came despite stellar ratings on key user-review platforms Maoyan and Taopiaopiao, which both gave the film a 9.2 out of 10, respectively. “Toy Story 4’s” performance was hurt by Chinese exhibitors’ decision to program far more screenings of “Spirited Away,” the classic animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, which was first released in the U.S. in 2002 but
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Keeley Hawes to Star in and Produce Honor-Killing Drama for ITV

Keeley Hawes to Star in and Produce Honor-Killing Drama for ITV
Keeley Hawes will star as a detective attempting to bring a group of killers to justice in the wake of a so-called honor-killing in “Honour.” The two-part drama is based on the real-life case of Banaz Mahmod, a young Londoner murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man.

It is the first project from Buddy Club Productions, the new production business set up by “Bodyguard” star Hawes. She will exec produce “Honour” and work on the new show as soon as she has wrapped on Netflix’s Daphne du Maurier adaptation “Rebecca,” in which she plays Beatrice Lacy.
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Love Nature Teams with Arte, BBC, Smithsonian on Natural History Series ‘Stormborn’

Love Nature has greenlit “Stormborn,” a wildlife series about animals living in the wildlands of countries on the edge of the North Atlantic. The three-parter will bow on Love Nature’s 4K linear channel and streaming service and then play on Arte in France and Germany, BBC Scotland and Smithsonian Channel.

Love Nature is the natural history banner within the Blue Ant production, distribution and channels group. Blue Ant International is selling “Stormborn” internationally and kicking off pre-sales at the Sunny Side of the Doc event in La Rochelle, France.

Natural history programming is enjoying a resurgence with Netflix sinking large sums into blue-chip fare,
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Barcroft Studios Hires John Farrar as Creative Director, Ups Two Execs (Exclusive)

John Farrar, whose credits include “The Imposter,” has joined U.K. producer and digital content specialist Barcroft Studios. The company has also upped two senior staffers, with Alex Morris elevated to chief creative officer and Caspar Norman to chief operating officer.

The new recruit joins Barcroft from Nerd TV, the U.K. shingle he co-founded with Jago Lee and Charlie Parsons in 2010, and which was bought by Red Arrow Studios in 2012.

At Barcroft, Farrar will be creative director. The indie has a strong track record in short and mid-form content which it plays on its own Barcroft TV and on third-party online channels and platforms,
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China Box Office: 'Spirited Away' Ghosts 'Toy Story 4'

Lovers of high-quality animation were spoiled for choice in China over the weekend, as Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 opened head-to-head against a re-release of Japanese anime classic Spirited Away.

Toy Story 4 might be the standard bearer for Hollywood animation at its most potent and powerful — treasured IP, an all-star voice cast and hundreds of Pixar animators working with a budget of over $200 million! — but it proved proved no match for Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki's beautifully hand-drawn story of a young girl's adventure in the spirit world.

Spirited Away, opening in China 18 years after its original ...
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Rihanna Presents Mary J. Blige With Bet Lifetime Achievement Award

Rihanna Presents Mary J. Blige With Bet Lifetime Achievement Award
Rihanna took the Microsoft Theater stage on June 23 to present Mary J. Blige with the Bet Lifetime Achievement Award. Hailing the legendary singer for her style and sound, Rihanna also made mention of Blige’s history-making two Oscar nominations in the same year, for best actress and original song for “Mudbound.”

Accepting the trophy, Blige told Rihanna, ” I don’t think you know how much I love and respect you. I’m a huge fan and you inspire me right back.”

Blige then gave a moving speech, in which she explained her resilience both in life and career. Said Blige: “People always ask,
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Meek Mill Debuts ‘Free Meek’ Trailer During BET Awards (Video)

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Meek Mill Debuts ‘Free Meek’ Trailer During BET Awards (Video)
Just before taking the stage at the Bet Awards on Sunday, Meek Mill unveiled the trailer for the upcoming Amazon docuseries “Free Meek,” which uses the rap star’s incarceration to take a deeper look at America’s probation and parole system.

In November 2017, Meek Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, was sentenced to two to four years in prison after he was arrested for reckless driving in New York City. Although that charge was dismissed, Judge Genece Brinkley still sentenced Mill to two to four years in prison for other technical probation violations, marking the second time she had done so. Five months later, Mill was released on bail while his case was appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Also Read: Meek Mill Sets Criminal Justice Docuseries With Amazon, Jay-Z

“Free Meek” will take a deeper look into the rapper’s career and struggles with the criminal justice system while
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Alan Taylor to Direct Chinese Immigrant Drama Set During San Francisco Gold Rush (Exclusive)

Alan Taylor to Direct Chinese Immigrant Drama Set During San Francisco Gold Rush (Exclusive)
Prolific film and television director Alan Taylor has signed on to helm Gold Mountain, a period adventure film set in 1850s San Francisco during the booming, violent times of the Gold Rush.

Planned as a U.S.-China co-production, the fill tells the story of a canny widow and the girl she transports from China, who together overcome innate distrust to form a bond while running a marriage con on unsuspecting men.

Michelle Yeoh is in talks to star and produce, alongside Taylor, Jane Wu and Brandan Dennehy. Taylor first mentioned the project publicly during a panel discussion held at the ...
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‘Central Park 5’ No More – ‘Exonerated 5’ Receive Standing Ovation at 2019 BET Awards (Video)

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‘Central Park 5’ No More – ‘Exonerated 5’ Receive Standing Ovation at 2019 BET Awards (Video)
Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise received a standing ovation at the Bet Awards Sunday night, where they were introduced not by their old tabloid nickname, “The Central Park 5,” but as the “Exonerated 5.”

Host Regina Hall introduced the men, who were convicted and then exonerated in the 1989 sexual assault of jogger in Central Park. Their story is the subject of Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix miniseries, “When They See Us.” You can watch the full clip below.

“Our next presenters were five teenage boys who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted of an unspeakable crime. ‘When They See Us’ is a poignant, true story that reminds us all of the racial injustices that continue to happen [to] us all and plague our justice system. It is my sincere honor to introduce to you Yusef Salam, Korey Wise, Kevin, Raymond Santana, and Antron McCray — now known as
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‘Big Little Lies’ Recap: Things Fall Apart

‘Big Little Lies’ Recap: Things Fall Apart
A review of “The End of the World,” this week’s Big Little Lies, coming up just as soon as I hire a child psychologist who dresses up as Little Bo Peep…

The title “The End of the World” most literally refers to Renata and Gordon‘s daughter Amabella‘s panic attack in the wake of lessons in second grade about climate change, sustainability, and what kind of planet she and the other kids might inherit from their parents. But the episode is packed with glimpses of the adults’ emotional worlds falling apart,
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Nik Wallenda and Sister Lijana Successfully Complete ‘Highwire Live’ Tightrope Walk Above Times Square

Nik Wallenda and Sister Lijana Successfully Complete ‘Highwire Live’ Tightrope Walk Above Times Square
Cakewalk: Nik Wallenda and his sister Lijana successfully traversed a 1,300-foot tightrope walk Sunday night — 25 stories above New York City’s Times Square — for ABC’s “Highwire Live in Times Square With Nik Wallenda.”

Their shared cable was just 3/4” thick, or about the size of a quarter. Nik and Lijana, who wore safety harnesses, crossed each other in the middle. He stepped over her, making for a (particularly) tense moment — especially considering Nik had to temporarily unhook Lijana’s harness for the bypass.

Nik and Lijana were both mic’d up and able to communicate with each other the whole time. Lijana, who started and finished later than Nik, did a bit of singing to pass the time — and presumably to calm the nerves.

Also Read: ABC's 'Highwire Live': Why Nik Wallenda Is Totally Cool With Wearing a Safety Harness This Time

The televised stunt took a while to get
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Iran's 'Castle of Dreams' Wins Big at Shanghai Film Festival

Iran's 'Castle of Dreams' Wins Big at Shanghai Film Festival
Iranian family drama Castle of Dreams, directed by Reza Mirkarimi, dominated the key competition categories at the Shanghai International Film Festival's closing awards ceremony on Sunday.

The film took the Golden Goblet prizes for best feature and best director, while its lead, Hamed Saberi Behdad, shared best actor honors with Chang Feng, star of Chinese drama The Return.

A jury led Turkish Palme D'or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan decided Shanghai's winners this year. The jury, which included Chinese actress Tao Zhao and Italian director Paolo Genovese, described Castle of Dreams as "so sure of itself that it doesn'...
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Bet Awards’ Carpet Colored Blue in Honor of Late Nipsey Hussle

Bet Awards’ Carpet Colored Blue in Honor of Late Nipsey Hussle
The 2019 edition of the Bet Awards doubled as a celebration of late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in March outside of his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles. In honor of the man affectionately known as “Nip,” the carpet was colored blue.

“The marathon continues” was a common refrain on the carpet (as seen on the back of Yg’s jacket) and beyond.

In fact, Hussle performed on the Bet Awards just last year. Speaking to Variety, Bet Networks President Scott M. Mills said: “Nipsey is such an important part of our community, in particular the fact that he focused on servicing his community,
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‘CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell’ Debut Date Announced

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CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell” will premiere from New York on July 15, and move to its permanent residence in Washington D.C. sometime this fall, the network announced Sunday.

The nightly flagship news program will also stream in its entirety at 10 p.m. Et on Cbsn, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service.

“There is a real hunger for an independent source of news, and that starts with Norah O’Donnell,” said Susan Zirinsky, CBS News’ president and senior executive producer.

“She has traveled the world reporting the most important stories of our time and has covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. She is an exceptional and experienced journalist who cares deeply about the issues that affect American families. Norah is the right person at the right time.”

Also Read: Jeff Glor Signs Off From 'CBS Evening News': I 'Wish Norah O'Donnell the Best of
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Palm Springs ShortFest: 'The Christmas Gift' Wins Best of Festival Prize

Palm Springs ShortFest: 'The Christmas Gift' Wins Best of Festival Prize
The Christmas Gift, a short film by director Bogdan Muresanu about a father learning that his son has mailed a letter to Santa wishing to see Ceausescu dead, nabbed the Best of the Festival prize at the Palm Springs ShortFest on Sunday. 

The top jury awards at the Palm Springs ShortFest saw the best international short prize go to Guaxuma, a film by Nora Normande, which is centered on grains of sand in motion capturing happy childhood memories on the beach of a special friendship.

Meanwhile, the top jury award for best North American short went to King Wah (I Think I ...
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