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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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Freeform Orders Suburban-Mystery Pilot From ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Creator Peter Nowalk

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Freeform Orders Suburban-Mystery Pilot From ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Creator Peter Nowalk
How to Get Away With Murder” creator Peter Nowalk is bringing his mystery-writing talents to Freeform, which has placed a pilot order for “Close Up,” a one-hour drama from the Tgit executive producer that “will be full of suspense, mystery and twists no one will see coming.”

Per the Disney-owned cable channel, the show is set in Centreville, New Jersey, a suburban town just like any other … at least on the surface. Centreville high school student Rachel Guyer is on a mission to expose the truth about her seemingly normal hometown and turn her community inside out.

Nowalk will executive produce the pilot, which is written by Keith Staskiewicz (“Three Delivery”) and hails from ABC Signature Studios.

Also Read: 13 New Summer TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From 'Songland' to 'Holey Moley' (Updating)

“‘Close Up’ tells a wonderfully layered story that illuminates the strength behind one young
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Ed Asner and Alan Cumming Board Rosario Dawson’s ‘Briarpatch’ at USA Network

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Ed Asner and Alan Cumming Board Rosario Dawson’s ‘Briarpatch’ at USA Network
Ed Asner and Alan Cumming have joined USA Network’s upcoming drama “Briarpatch.”

Briarpatch” stars Rosario Dawson as Allegra Dill, a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring her corrupt hometown to its knees. The season celebrates the beloved genres represented by Thomas’ book — a stylish blend of crime and pulp fiction — while updating his sense of fun, danger and place for a new generation.

Asner will play the role of James Staghorne Sr. – the president and owner of the town’s only newspaper, The Chronicle. The longtime power behind the power in City Hall, he never bothers to hide his racism and resentment and deigns only to speak to his son Jimmy Jr. — unless someone sets off his powerful temper.

Also Read: Demi Moore Joins 'Brave New World
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‘The Chi’ Costume Designer Reveals Secret Inspiration

“Everything here feels inspiring,” says costume designer Nancea Ceo, scanning the shelves at Arcana: Books on the Arts. “It is like a museum.”

The Culver City, Calif., shop is much beloved by artists and designers, and when Ceo begins a new project, she says, “I always start here.”

Lately her career has been thriving, helped along by her costumes for Lena Waithe’s critically acclaimed Showtime series “The Chi,” the CW’s popular “Vampire Diaries” spinoff “The Originals” and the coming-of-age Netflix series “On My Block.”

But she is on hiatus now, so she has time to visit favorite places,
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Nik Wallenda’s Ratings Fall: ‘Highwire Live’ Nets Practically Half the Viewers of 2012 Special

Nik Wallenda’s Ratings Fall: ‘Highwire Live’ Nets Practically Half the Viewers of 2012 Special
He didn’t fall, but ratings from Nik Wallenda’s last ABC special sure tumbled: ABC’s “Highwire Live in Times Square With Nik Wallenda” posted a 0.8 TV rating and 5.2 million viewers.

Those Nielsen numbers are way down from his last one.

Wallenda’s 2012 special on ABC, “Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls – Live,” earned a 2.5 rating and 10.260 million total viewers. That one aired on Friday, June 15 from 9-11 p.m. His “Skywire Live” walk over the Grand Canyon in 2013 was on Discovery Channel.

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

Without much competition to speak of, ABC finished first in the main demo last night but was second in total viewers to what was essentially all reruns on CBS. While the Wallendas scored Sunday’s highest broadcast rating, a pair of “60 Minutes” repeats actually drew more overall eyeballs.

ABC
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Gaumont Appoints ‘El Chapo’ Executive Producer to VP of International Co-Productions

Gaumont has appointed Christian Gabela, the executive producer of “El Chapo,” as vice president of international TV co-productions.

Gabela’s role will be to manage and expand the company’s TV distribution and co-production partnerships in key territories internationally with a focus on Latin America. Gaumont is currently developing the series “El Presidente,” its first Latin American co-production for Amazon Prime.

Gabela will report to Vanessa Shapiro, the president of worldwide TV distribution and co-production. He will work closely with all of the creative executives at Gaumont in Los Angeles, Paris, London and Berlin.

Christian’s knowledge of TV development and production will bolster our distribution/co-production efforts in the Latin America region where we have ten drama series in development, alongside our in-house Latin American shows,” said Christophe Riandee, the vice CEO of Gaumont.

Riandée said Gabela’s “deep background and success with Spanish-language series will help (Gaumont’s
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Gaumont Appoints ‘El Chapo’ Executive Producer to VP of International Co-Productions

Gaumont has appointed Christian Gabela, the executive producer of “El Chapo,” as vice president of international TV co-productions.

Gabela’s role will be to manage and expand the company’s TV distribution and co-production partnerships in key territories internationally with a focus on Latin America. Gaumont is currently developing the series “El Presidente,” its first Latin American co-production for Amazon Prime.

Gabela will report to Vanessa Shapiro, the president of worldwide TV distribution and co-production. He will work closely with all of the creative executives at Gaumont in Los Angeles, Paris, London and Berlin.

Christian’s knowledge of TV development
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‘The Hills': Watch Speidi Prove They Proved You Wrong in the First 3 Minutes of ‘New Beginnings’ (Video)

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‘The Hills': Watch Speidi Prove They Proved You Wrong in the First 3 Minutes of ‘New Beginnings’ (Video)
Speidi is still going strong on Monday’s premiere of “The Hills: New Beginnings” — at least in the first three minutes of the MTV show’s revival — and toasting to their victory over all you haters out there.

“I knew Spencer [Pratt] was my soulmate the night I met him,” Heidi Pratt says in a voiceover, during the premiere’s opening.

“No one thought we’d last, but we have certainly proved them wrong,” she says, clinking glasses with her husband.

Also Read: 'The Hills: New Beginnings': Watch the Revamped Opening Credits for MTV Revival (Video)

But trouble might be brewing for Speidi as “New Beginnings” starts, since Heidi says, “It’s really easy to get caught up in, like, Hollywood and the fame and the success,” and yet Spencer “would love to be famous again.”

Yeah, that’s “just a lot” for her, so we’ll see how this whole revival thing goes.
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Elvis Costello & The Imposters Map ‘Just Trust’ North American Tour

Elvis Costello & The Imposters Map ‘Just Trust’ North American Tour
Following their co-headlining summer tour with Blondie, Elvis Costello and the Imposters will embark on their own “Just Trust” North American tour this fall.

The trek is not dedicated to Costello’s 1981 LP Trust; instead, as the band explains, “The tour is entitled, ‘Just Trust’ in answer to the musical questions: ‘Will they play my favorite song?,’ or, ‘Are they going to frighten the horses with a lot of excellent songs that are rarely performed?,’ not to mention, ‘Can I expect the hits of yesteryear and those of tomorrow?’ To
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Samuel L Jackson Calls Out ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Poster That Swaps Nick Fury’s Eye Patch

Nick Fury is not pleased. Samuel L. Jackson noticed a striking difference between adjacent posters for his upcoming Marvel film, “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

“Uhhhhhhh, What in the Actual F—Is Going On Here,” Jackson wrote on Instagram with a photo of the two photos.

Take a look at the post on Jackson’s Instagram account here. See if you can “eyeball” the difference.

Also Read: Samuel L. Jackson Loves Viral Mashup of 'Pulp Fiction' and Brett Kavanaugh

See it? Nick Fury’s eye patches are swapped in the two posters. The correct poster is the dark blue one on the right, in which Fury’s eye patch is appropriately on his left eye. Jackson captioned the photo with the hashtags #headsgonroll and #lefteyemuthaf—–.

A representative for Sony did not immediately respond to comment as to whether the poster with the incorrect image is real or to comment on the mistake.
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John Oliver: How Climbing Mount Everest Has Led to Death, Exploitation

John Oliver: How Climbing Mount Everest Has Led to Death, Exploitation
Climbing Mount Everest used to be a rare achievement guided by a love of nature. Today, it’s often just about the selfie. On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver explored how the popularity of scaling the world’s most iconic summit has spawned an entire commercial industry — leading to myriad physical dangers and devaluing a once-historic achievement through vanity.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first known people to summit Mount Everest in 1953 — a seemingly impossible act. But since then, taking the climb has become a popular challenge
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See Mary J. Blige Perform Career-Spanning Medley at Bet Awards

See Mary J. Blige Perform Career-Spanning Medley at Bet Awards
Mary J. Blige delivered a 20-minute medley packed with hits and guests Method Man and Lil Kim during the 2019 Bet Awards, where the singer received the ceremony’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Blige’s medley spanned hits like “Real Love,” “You Remind Me,” My Life” and more, while Lil Kim and Method Man dropped in for their guest verses on “I Can Love You” and “You’re All I Need,” respectively. Blige closed out the career-spanning performance with her “Just Fine.”

Rihanna presented Blige with the Lifetime Achievement Award, with the “Umbrella” singer praising the honoree.
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National Geographic Adds ‘The Cave’ to Crowded Documentary Oscar Race — Exclusive

National Geographic Adds ‘The Cave’ to Crowded Documentary Oscar Race — Exclusive
National Geographic has added Feras Fayyad’s “The Cave,” the latest non-fiction effort from the director of the Oscar-nominated “Last Men in Aleppo,” to its 2019 feature documentary slate. The new film will be released in theaters this fall and compete in an increasingly crowded documentary feature field for the Oscar.

“The Cave” unveils the harrowing true story of an underground Syrian hospital and the team of civilians and medical professionals led by women who risk their lives to provide medical care to the besieged local population.

The film follows 30-year-old Dr. Amani, an aspiring pediatrician forced to end her studies and medical training due to the war in Syria, as she becomes the appointed leader of a team of 130 medical practitioners in the secret hospital serving the 400,000 civilians of the besieged city of Al Ghouta from 2012 to 2018. Due to the nonstop onslaught of conventional and chemical warfare, brutalized and displaced
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘For Sama’ Win Top Awards at Nantucket Film Festival

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘For Sama’ Win Top Awards at Nantucket Film Festival
Nantucket, Mass. — Adventure drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and Syria documentary “For Sama” emerged as the top winners at the 24th annual Nantucket Film Festival.

The festival, which concludes today, as ever put the emphasis on screenwriters and emerging talents. Director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Sundance hit “Brittany Runs a Marathon” had a number of well-received screenings, as did Gavin Hood’s “Official Secrets.” Documentaries that played at the island getaway off the coast of Massachusetts included “It Started As a Joke,” “David Crosby: Remember My Name” and “We Are the Radical Monarchs.”

The festival’s annual screenwriter tributes went to female forces in the comedy realm. Leslie Dixon, the seasoned scribe behind “Mrs. Doubtfire” and the musical rendition of “Hairspray,” was recognized, as were five former and current women from the “Saturday Night Live” orbit: Jane Curtin, writer Anne Beatts, Heidi Gardner, Sudi Green and Sarah Schneider.

The
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John Oliver Uses Mount Everest Overcrowding to Again Rip Parent Company AT&T, Rickroll Us All (Video)

John Oliver Uses Mount Everest Overcrowding to Again Rip Parent Company AT&T, Rickroll Us All (Video)
John Oliver spent Sunday imploring everyone to shut it down with all this Mount Everest overcrowding. The HBO personality also used the opportunity to (again) rip parent company AT&T — he also Rickrolled the hell out of us.

To accomplish both the Everest thing and probably get himself fired, the “Last Week Tonight” host pulled up footage from Discovery Channel’s 2007 docuseries “Everest: Beyond the Limit,” where a climber named Rod Baber was determined to make the world’s highest cell phone call.

“Nice work, Rod. The highest ever cell phone call — that’s incredible,” Oliver said sarcastically. “Or it would’ve been, but unfortunately, Rod had AT&T, so the phone call never went through.”

Also Read: John Oliver Pushes the Case to Impeach Donald Trump (Video)

That’s gonna make the holiday party uncomfortable. Oliver then got more sincere — for like eight seconds.

“I know I give you a hard time,
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Conecta Fiction: Disney’s Leonardo Aranguibel Talks ‘Monzón’

Pamplona, Spain — Disney’s Leonardo Aranguibel, producer of “Until I Met You” and “Selena’s Secret,” may have another winner on its hands. Produced by the Buena Vista Production Group, “Monzón,” a chronicle of the Argentine’s boxing legend’s arrest and trial, accused of murdering wife Alicia Muniz, opened on Turner Latin America’s Space on Monday June 17 to a bullish rating. That made it, after the primetime offering of Telefe and Artear the most-watched program of the day in Argentina, despite Space being cable TV not free-to-air.

“Monzon” was the only Latin America series to be chosen for
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