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Box Office: ‘Cars 3’ Racing to $58 Million, Tupac Biopic May Narrowly Beat ‘Wonder Woman’

Box Office: ‘Cars 3’ Racing to $58 Million, Tupac Biopic May Narrowly Beat ‘Wonder Woman’
Disney-Pixar’s “Cars 3” is racing toward a $58 million opening weekend, while Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” is performing well above forecasts, and could earn as much as $36 million, early estimates showed Friday.

All Eyez on Me” opened impressively with $3.1 million on Thursday night at 2,000 sites in North America, topping “Cars 3’s” $2.8 million. Should the estimates hold, “All Eyez” could finish in second place, just ahead of the third weekend of Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” at $35 million.

Lionsgate has been cautioning that the “All Eyez on Me” estimates are too high and that the film is heading for the $25 million to $29 million range. The movie, starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., is over-performing, in any case, as it had been tracking in the $17 million to $22 million range at 2,471 sites for this weekend. “All Eyez” is opening on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday.

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Review: ‘Cars 3’ Indicates Pixar’s Franchise is Running on Fumes

I know I’m in the critical minority when admitting my enjoyment of the Cars franchise, but I honestly do. It’s not even that I am a “car guy” either—I’ve never seen the appeal of them beyond their utility as a transportation vehicle. So my enjoyment of the first film was solely on the level of its message and humor. It dealt with the theme of ego and humility as Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) discovered you simply cannot get through life on an island alone. Cars 2 may not have put message in the foreground (Larry the Cable Guy‘s Mater taking center stage to teach kids about individuality, self-esteem, and courage), but it tried something different by projecting a pure entertainment genre (spy thriller) atop its existing world.

While the second didn’t possess the same lasting power as a result, it had merit if only because it was fun.
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Box Office: ‘All Eyez on Me’ Tops ‘Cars 3’ With $3.1 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘All Eyez on Me’ Tops ‘Cars 3’ With $3.1 Million on Thursday Night
Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” has opened impressively with $3.1 million on Thursday night at 2,000 sites in North America, topping Disney-Pixar’s “Cars 3,” which raced to $2.8 million.

Shark-attack drama “47 Meters Down” bit into $735,000 during preview screenings, while the raunchy comedy “Rough Night” made $700,000.

Lionsgate’s “All Eyez on Me,” starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., has been tracking in the $17 million to $22 million range at 2,471 sites for this weekend. It’s opening on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday.

Music video director Benny Boom helmed “All Eyez on Me,” titled after Shakur’s fourth studio album. Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas in 1996. The film is being released by Lionsgate’s Codeblack label.

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Box Office: ‘Cars 3’ to Speed Past ‘Wonder Woman

Cars 3’s” Thursday-night gross is in the same range as 2013’s “Monsters University,” another Pixar sequel that opened with $2.6 million in previews on its
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Film Review: ‘Cars 3’ Puts Series Franchise Back on Right Track

Chicago – The Cars movies continue to be the kiddieland of Pixar Animation franchises. Kids adore them, parents tolerate them. Unlike the best of Pixar’s output, the Cars films are lovingly crafted cartoons aimed squarely at kids with far more attention detail than the average fare you’d find scrolling through Netflix. The best that can be said is that “Cars 3” represents a considerable step up from “Cars 2”.

.. which remains the worst movie Pixar has ever produced by a wide margin.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Returning to the narrative themes of the first Cars film, this one puts Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) back on the racetrack and dials Larry The Cable Guy’s Mater character down to a glorified cameo. This time Lightning McQueen is the esteemed veteran dealing with hotshot challengers. When a gigantic crash knocks him out for the season he must find a way to deal with the changed landscape,
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Movie Review – Cars 3 (2017)

Cars 3, 2017.

Directed by Brian Fee.

Featuring the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo, Nathan Fillion, Chris Cooper, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Kerry Washington, Tony Shalhoub, Bob Costas, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Ray Magliozzi, Bob Peterson, Lea, DeLaria, Darrell Waltrip, Cheech Marin, Margo Martindale, John Ratzenberger, and Paul Newman.

Synopsis:

Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

Seeing as the Cars franchise started a little over a decade ago, young children have most likely aged to their adolescent or teenage years, meaning that Pixar and director Brian Fee (storyboard artist turned director making his debut feature here) have made a wise decision upping the maturity level for this third installment in the series. Cars has always been the most kid friendly Pixar franchise from a studio clearly fascinated with churning
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“Cars 3” goes back to its franchise’s roots

For the juggernaut that is Pixar, the one consistent mark on an otherwise essentially spotless record has been the Cars franchise. Give or take one or two other outings that some people are higher on than others, this franchise is the only thing keeping the company from essentially a perfect record. This week, Cars 3 hits theaters and hopes to right the ship as it becomes part of a trilogy. Cars has a mixed reputation, but Cars 2 is Pixar’s somewhat red headed stepchild. Can Cars 3 change the trend? Well, yes and no. It’s going to be the best in the series to some or most, but it’s still very much lesser Pixar overall. I suppose your mileage may vary here (no pun intended) with this one. This sequel looks at how racer Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) deals with no longer being the new kid on the block.
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Review: ‘Cars 3’ Is the Best Entry In Pixar’s Weakest Franchise

Review: ‘Cars 3’ Is the Best Entry In Pixar’s Weakest Franchise
“It’s the comeback story of the year.” So says one announcer as the stakes go up in “Cars 3,” and while that may be hyperbole when applied to the movie itself, there’s no question that this latest edition in Pixar’s weakest franchise rescues it from mediocrity. Ironically, the first two “Cars” installments were shepherded along by Pixar guru John Lasseter, but traded the sophistication associated with the brand for hokey archetypes and surface-deep gags. Perhaps the setback came from the starting point: It was never a surefire bet that the travails of googly-eyed talking vehicles (in a world eerily devoid of other species) could muster much depth, but “Cars 3” finally gets there.

This time, Lasseter takes a backseat to new director Brian Fee (a storyboard artist on the first two films), who develops a richer scenario out of rusty parts — finding, along with screenwriters Kiel Murray,
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Final Cars 3 Trailer Pushes Lightning McQueen to the Limit

Final Cars 3 Trailer Pushes Lightning McQueen to the Limit
With just one week left until Cars 3 hits theaters nationwide, Disney Pixar has released a final trailer, set to The Eagles' classic 1975 song "Take It to the Limit." The trailer features more scenes with the iconic Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) reaching the end of his career, with newcomers like Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) speeding past him at every turn, along with more footage of that big Lightning crash we've seen in earlier trailers. This final trailer also features new footage of Lightning's longtime friend Sally (Bonnie Hunt), who tells Lightning that he shouldn't be afraid of failure.

This new trailer from Disney also hints that Lightning will go back to his roots, with a visit to the old track run by the iconic Hudson Hornet (Paul Newman). We also see footage of a race where Lightning comes across the finish line far behind a crop of new racers, along
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Cars 3 Trailer #4 Has Lighting McQueen Getting Gritty

Cars 3 Trailer #4 Has Lighting McQueen Getting Gritty
Cars 3 looks like it could be a big improvement over its predecessor. Pixar is not the kind of studio that likes to repeat mistakes, especially since they very rarely make them in the first place. It might be difficult to call the Cars franchise a mistake altogether, but it certainly isn't the most popular among the Pixar faithful. But it looks like with Cars 3 they are taking a much more serious approach, as evidenced by this latest trailer, and it looks like it could pay off in more ways than one.

Pixar has released the brand new trailer for Cars 3, giving us our best, most well-rounded look at the upcoming third installment of the Cars franchise. This time around we get to hear a bit of Nathan Fillion's character, who is trying to convince Lighting McQueen that his racing days are over and that he should focus on merchandising.
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Cars 3 Posters Pit Lightning McQueen Against New Millennial Racers

Cars 3 Posters Pit Lightning McQueen Against New Millennial Racers
Disney has released two international posters for Cars 3, which show Lightning McQueen squaring off against two young racers Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) and Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). While Jackson Storm becomes his most contested rival on the Piston Cup circuit, Cruz Ramirez is actually on Lightning's side, serving as his new trainer to help him beat the young upstart. The first poster teases a scene we've previously seen in early concept art, which may be an homage to an iconic movie.

BadTaste.it debuted these posters, the first of which shows Lightning McQueen on the beach. You may recall that, back in May, Disney revealed concept art that showed Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez racing on the sand, which may or may not be an homage to the iconic oceanside race between Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in Rocky 3. The second poster, however, is set at a packed racing arena,
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Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Lea DeLaria And Lewis Hamilton Join Disney·Pixar’S Cars 3

Miss Fritter (voice of Lea DeLaria) loves the smash-and-crash life of demolition derby. A local legend at the Thunder Hollow Speedway, Fritter’s formidable school-bus size is intimidating, but it’s her smoke stacks of doom, razor-sharp stop sign and crazy collection of her victims’ license plates that usually steers her opponents in the other direction. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 reveals key voice cast and characters, featuring award-winning stars. According to director Brian Fee, the roster includes both new and returning characters. “We’re introducing some fun and really appealing characters in ‘Cars 3,’” said Fee, “so we really wanted to find the right voices to help us breathe life into them. We hit a homerun with this group; I couldn’t be happier.”

Following are the newcomers and Cars franchise veterans who join the previously announced voice talent and characters: Owen Wilson as world champion racer Lightning McQueen,
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Cars 3 Adds 3 New Cast Members and Several Familiar Faces

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A lot of familiar faces will be rooting Lightning McQueen on this summer. Disney-Pixar announced, today, the arrival new castmembers joining Cars 3, old and new. Find out who they are!

The last time Disney-Pixar checked in, it was to introduce Armie Hammer and Cristela Alonzo to the cast of Cars 3. Today, they announced three more stars lending their voices to the animated feature.

Kerry Washington (ABC’s “Scandal,” HBO’s “Confirmation”) lends her voice to Natalie Certain, a highly respected statistical analyst who knows her numbers. Book-smart and mathematically gifted, Certain may earn top marks in her ability to evaluate a racer’s stats, but she could be underestimating the importance of determination.

Nathan Fillion (ABC’s “Castle,” ABC’s “Modern Family”) voices Sterling, a brilliant businesscar who runs Rust-eze Racing Center—one of the most successful elite training facilities in the country. The always dapper Sterling comes
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Cars 3 reveals full voice cast, new characters voiced by Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion and Lea DeLaria

Disney-Pixar has officially unveiled the voice cast for the upcoming animated sequel Cars 3, revealing that Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion and Lea DeLaria will be joining the previously announced Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, Cristela Alonzo as trainer Cruz Ramirez and Armie Hammer as sleek next gen race Jackstorm Storm. Here’s a look at the three new characters, along with the official descriptions:

See Also: Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3 extended look preview trailer introduces the next generation

Kerry Washington (ABC’s “Scandal,” HBO’s “Confirmation”) lends her voice to Natalie Certain, a highly respected statistical analyst who knows her numbers. Book-smart and mathematically gifted, Certain may earn top marks in her ability to evaluate a racer’s stats, but she could be underestimating the importance of determination.

Nathan Fillion (ABC’s “Castle,” ABC’s “Modern Family”) voices Sterling, a brilliant businesscar who runs Rust-eze Racing Center—one of the
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New Cars 3 Characters, Cast Members and Poster Unveiled

New Cars 3 Characters, Cast Members and Poster Unveiled
Disney Pixar's Cars 3 reveals key voice cast and characters, featuring award-winning stars. Following are the newcomers and Cars franchise veterans who join the previously announced voice talent and characters Owen Wilson as world champion racer Lightning McQueen, Cristela Alonzo as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez, and Armie Hammer as sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm. The studio has revealed a new poster, along with photos of these three new characters, voiced by Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion and Lea DeLaria.

Kerry Washington (ABC's Scandal, HBO's Confirmation) lends her voice to Natalie Certain, a highly respected statistical analyst who knows her numbers. Book-smart and mathematically gifted, Certain may earn top marks in her ability to evaluate a racer's stats, but she could be underestimating the importance of determination. Nathan Fillion (ABC's Castle, ABC's Modern Family) voices Sterling, a brilliant businesscar who runs Rust-eze Racing Center, one of the most successful elite training facilities in the country.
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Home Entertainment: ‘Finding Dory’ review

Finding Dory DVD review: Pixar’s only big-screen release of 2016 heads to the small screen. Could this be the greatest animated sequel of all time? Finding Dory DVD review

Finding Dory DVD review continues below.

2016 has been an absolutely belting year for Disney. Things kicked off rather nicely for the studio at Easter, releasing Zootropolis at a time of year that they hadn’t chosen for quite some time. The film was a massive success, and with their second feature of the year, Finding Dory, hitting at the peak of summer through their subsidiary Pixar, they managed to take things one step further.

Finding Dory had the unenviable task of not only following on from Zootropolis, but also the superb Pixar original Finding Nemo thirteen years prior. ‘Dory’ follows the Ellen Degeneres character who sets out on a mission to find herself by locating her parents. Her travels take her
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Blu-ray Review – Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Featuring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, and Willem Dafoe.

Synopsis:

Pixar continues its string of great animated movies with Finding Dory, which successfully continues the Finding Nemo story in a way that doesn’t feel like a cash grab. This set, which includes two Blu-rays and a DVD, has a nice smattering of bonus features, although a solid making-of documentary is conspicuously missing.

I had a couple young children when Finding Nemo came out, so the film hit me between the eyes as a parent (and still does, since my wife and I had another child a few years later). Its
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How Sigourney Weaver Became a Finding Dory Scene Stealer

How Sigourney Weaver Became a Finding Dory Scene Stealer
Finding Dory is full of familiar voices. There's Ellen DeGeneres, reprising her role as Dory, the energetic and forgetful Pacific regal blue tang. There's Ed O'Neill, making his debut as a surly septopus named Hank. Albert Brooks, Ty Burrell, Idris Elba, Bill Hader, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Kate McKinnon, Kaitlin Olson, Bob Peterson, Hayden Rolence and Dominic West also lend their voice talents to the sequel. And then there's three-time Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver, whose disembodied voice welcomes visitors to the Marine Life Institute in Morro Bay, Calif. Weaver's recording is a running joke in the Disney•Pixar film, as the animals have all come to consider Weaver a friend. If...
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Pixar fans, you gotta watch this ‘Dug in Real Life’ video

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Pixar fans, you gotta watch this ‘Dug in Real Life’ video
Your Thursday dose of utter adorableness comes from Disney/Pixar — but not in animated form. Dug, the ebullient dog from Pixar’s Up, got the real-life treatment in a video by Oh My Disney, the official blog of The Walt Disney Company. In the video, a Golden Retriever dons Dug’s high-tech collar that translates his thoughts and barks into English, and he makes some new friends at the park. Longtime Pixar voice actor Bob Peterson reprises his role as Dug, even finding an opportunity to shout, “Squirrel!” and sympathize with a fellow canine in the cone of shame. Check it out below: The video is the first in a new digital series from Oh My Disney called “Disney Irl (In Real Life).” It appears the set-up isn’t quite so much of a surprise to folks in the park as Improv Everywhere’s awesome “Movies in Real Life” series
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Second Opinion – Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader and Sigourney Weaver.

Synopsis:

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Last year Pixar delivered two original movies, one of which was met with huge acclaim (Inside Out) and the other, not so much (The Good Dinosaur). Their history with sequels has likewise been uneven, ranging from great (Toy Story 2 & 3) to decent (Monsters University) to poor (Cars 2), so I was very relieved to discover that Finding Dory is a truly great film – in my opinion just as good (if not better) than Finding Nemo.

The film begins with a
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Movie Review – Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Featuring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, and Willem Dafoe.

Synopsis:

Dory is on a desperate mission to find her family. With the help of Marlon and Nemo, they end up at a Marina that introduces our friends to new animals and clues to a past Dory never knew she had…

When Finding Dory was announced, many were sceptical. Two years prior, the dreadful Cars 2 marked a low-point for Pixar while Monsters University was due for release. Between 2010 and 2013 only the lacklustre Brave was an original. Finding Nemo was always a complete film, famous for a heart-wrenching opening and a dark
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