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Box Office: 'Inside Out' and ''Jurassic World' push 'Terminator' aside to top Friday

17 hours ago

The Fourth of July holiday box office is not turning out exactly as many thought it would.  Instead of two highly anticipated newcomers fighting for the top spot Hollywood is witnessing another duel between two of the summer's biggest hits: "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out." Pixar's critically acclaimed hit "Inside Out" took the top spot on Friday earning $12.5 million for a stellar $228.5 million in just 15 days.  "Inside" will easily become just the third Pixar movie to cross $300 million domestic and has an excellent shot of surpassing "Finding Nemo's" $339 million take when all is said and done. "Jurassic World" continued its monstrous run at no. 2 with another $11.8 million and $539 million to date. The Universal Studios blockbuster is easily the no. 1 movie of 2015 and is less than $90 million away from taking the no. 3 slot all time from "Marvel's The Avengers." Quite remarkable for a franchise many thought had lost its mojo after 2001's "Jurassic World III. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Best and Worst of 'Magic Mike Xxl': Did Joe Manganiello steal the show?

18 hours ago

Surprisingly, "Magic Mike Xxl" isn't turning out to be anything close to the box office hit the original "Magic Mike" was.  There are a lot of factors at play including opening on the wrong weekend, but perhaps our best and worst microscope will shed some light. If you haven't seen it yet the sequel still has a dancing Channing Tatum and a slew of sexy strippers for your entertainment including Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriquez and newcomer Stephen "Twitch" Boss.  What's missing is the energy of Matthew McConaughey and the youthful blank stare of Alex Pettyfer (take your pick on which meant more).  Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard and Elizabeth Banks were brought on board to balance out the testosterone (and to provide more well rounded female characters than the first flick), but they were hardly the centerpiece of the movie's marketing campaign. Most sequels have lower expectations, »


- Gregory Ellwood

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: 'Star Trek,' 'Guardians' sequels get titles

4 July 2015 12:06 AM, PDT

In this week's edition of 10 Stories you might have missed... Are the wheels coming off at "Kong: Skull Island?" Two big names exited the big-ape production this week. Rihanna's new music video for "Bitch Better Have My Money": Powerful, terrifying, or both? Is there still hope for "Hannibal?" Maybe, let's dig into these contracts... The first sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" gets a name... as does the second sequel to the current "Star Trek" franchise run. Which one reveals more? Kendrick Lamar goes sky-high for the music video for "Alright," but its other imagery has been pretty controversial (at least at Fox news....) Donald Trump's mouth got him in trouble (and dumped) at NBC, so which network picked him (or, at least, his Miss USA) up for TV?? "Roots" is getting a re-up, too, and this "Matrix" actor is running with it... USA premiered season 5 of this TV show, »


- Katie Hasty

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'A.D. The Bible Continues' joins 'American Odyssey' on NBC's cancellation heap

3 July 2015 9:07 PM, PDT

Can you really cancel something that was already kinda a miniseries in the first place and that didn't appear to have much potential for a sequel anyway? Apparently, "Yes." News spread on Friday (July 3) morning that NBC will not renew "A.D. The Bible Continues" for what wouldn't exactly be a second season, since "A.D." was already a sequel-of-sorts to History's "The Bible." This was already a bit of a foregone conclusion, but following this week's formal cancellation for "American Odyssey," that closes the book on all in-limbo (and not-really-in-limbo-at-all) shows for the 2014-2015 TV season.  NBC has actually been doing a lot of housework over the past two weeks, severing ties with the not-yet-officially-cancelled "Hannibal" and renewing "Aquarius," a decision that looks even more bizarre after the summer drama did a woeful 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 on Thursday, exactly the woeful number that "American Odyssey" never fell below on Sunday nights. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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12 Most 'Murrica Marvel Movie Gifs Ever

3 July 2015 3:37 PM, PDT

As we head towards the 4th of July weekend, Americans will celebrate freedom with copious amounts of grilled meat, multi-colored explosions, and enough beer to kill a small elephant. But what is more American than superheroes? Specifically the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, they have a dude named Captain America! All of the McU films are full of shout-outs to ‘Murrica, land of the aggressively friendly and home of the bald eagles spray painted with American flag motifs. But these 12 particular moments stand out among the crowd. #1: America loves well-dressed man, a cocky attitude, and massive amounts of military explosions. #2: We love coffee and We Can Stop Whenever We Want Oh God I Need More I’Ve Got The Shakes. #3: A healthy disdain for authority is more American than apple pie. #4: Snark is the national pastime. #5: As is collecting expensive old things because just chill mom, »


- Donna Dickens

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Ava DuVernay: I'm not directing 'Black Panther'

3 July 2015 2:51 PM, PDT

Despite rumors that she would officially be signing on to direct Marvel's "Black Panther," Ava DuVernay ("Selma") has revealed to Essence Magazine that she will not be helming the superhero adaptation: “I guess I'll declare my independence from this rumor on 4th of July weekend and Essence weekend!” DuVernay told the magazine during the Essence Festival in New Orleans. “I'm not signing on to direct Black Panther,” she added. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.”   Chadwick Boseman ("Get on Up") is attached to play the title character, a.k.a. T’Challa, in the upcoming film. “I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs,” continued DuVernay. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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10 minor movie characters who stole the show

3 July 2015 2:00 PM, PDT

Sometimes, it's the supporting players who get all the love. From "Bridesmaids" to "The Wedding Singer" to "Kill Bill," minor movie characters have been known on occasion to steal the spotlight from their top-billed counterparts; hell, sometimes they even get their own movie (see: next weekend's "Despicable Me" spinoff "Minions"). It's not to say that they run away with the entire film -- there are few, if any, examples of that in the list below -- only that they garnered enough cult, standalone fame to become iconic in their own right. For the record, supporting actors aren't what we're talking about here. As much as we love Ducky from "Pretty in Pink," for example, he's an integral part of the plot and appears in far too many scenes to qualify. With that in mind, check out 10 of our favorite scene-stealers in the gallery below. »


- Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel

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Thursday Ratings: 'Wayward Pines,' 'Aquarius,' 'Dome' drop pre-holiday

3 July 2015 9:59 AM, PDT

Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 2, 2015. "Big Brother" dominated the 9 p.m. hour on Thursday night and helped carry CBS to easy victories in all measures on a sluggish pre-holiday evening. With overall usage levels down by eight percent on the Thursday leading into the July 4 holiday weekend, most of primetime's originals were down, including drops for "Wayward Pines," "Aquarius," "Under the Dome," "Mistresses" and "Astronaut Wives Club." "Hannibal" and "Rookie Blue" were among the few shows to stay flat week-to-week, though that was mostly a factor of how low both returning dramas had been in the previous week. Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.3 rating for Thursday night, easily ruling in the key demographic. Fox was second with a 0.8 key demo rating, followed closely by the 0.7 key demo rating for ABC. NBC's 0.5 key demo rating and the 0.2 key demo rating for The CW trailed. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' First Look: Do we even care anymore?

3 July 2015 9:46 AM, PDT

The most surprising thing about "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"? That they actually ended up making it. After losing three directors and at least one major star (Natalie Portman), the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling mashup novel is finally headed to the big screen, and EW has the exclusive on the first official images from the film, which director Burr Steers ("Igby Goes Down") says will be played without the tongue-in-cheek tone readers of the book may have been expecting: “The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight,” Steers told EW. “The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink.” Added star Lily James ("Cinderella"): “It’s definitely not camp.” You can view the images below. But first, here's a capsule history of the long-in-the-works production: April 2009: Seth Grahame-Smith's »


- Chris Eggertsen

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George Takei scores an unlikely defender: William Shatner

3 July 2015 8:08 AM, PDT

So, George Takei called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas a "clown in blackface" for writing the following passage in his dissent on last week's historic gay marriage ruling: Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate. When the Framers proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” they referred to a vision of mankind in which all humans are created in the image of God and therefore of inherent worth. That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built. The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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‘Back to the Future’: What the critics said in 1985

3 July 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

Back to the Future” has become beloved by people of all generations in the 30 years since its release. It’s a favorite, fun, feel-good movie that we turn to again and again on TV or on DVD. The film has made its way into movie-making history books and into Hollywood legend. Some movies do that slowly over their first three decades or with new popularity thanks to DVD releases. “Back to the Future” isn’t one of those movies. It was a hit from the start. “Back to the Future,” which opened in theaters 30 years ago today, was the blockbuster king of 1985. The movie was #1 at the box office for 11 weekends and went on to make more than any other film in 1985. Audiences loved it. Critics loved it.  At least most of them did. The biggest slam came for the scene at the end of the film in which Marty »


- Emily Rome

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Exclusive: 'Strike Back' heroes won't go quietly in final season trailer & poster

3 July 2015 6:30 AM, PDT

In this new Golden Age of TV drama, viewers don't lack for the most erudite, artful, philosophical dramas they can possibly find. But sometimes, we just want to watch stuff blow up real good, and in a way that doesn't insult our intelligences. That is where Cinemax's "Strike Back" has come in for the last few years, and the way the show will be going out when its final season debuts here on July 31. (The first few episodes have already aired in the UK.) It's an action show that's always been smarter, funnier and plain better than it needs to be, with great chemistry between leads Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton (both of whom will be headlining NBC dramas this fall), action sequences that put the best of network TV (including "Arrow") to shame and a winning mix of fun and genuine stakes. I've seen the first four episodes of the final season, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - 'Tongue-Tied/Fear, and Other Smells'

3 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT

Continuing our weekly look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 3, two episodes at a time, I have a review of episodes 7 & 8 coming up just as soon as this blog is not a kinky sex fantasy set in space... "You don't ever have to speak with me. I hear you." -Guru Mack The inmate flashbacks on "Orange" have tended to function like the ones on "Lost." They allow us to get to know who individual characters were long before they wound up in this strange place, forced to interact with strangers whom they would never have otherwise met, and they help us to better understand both how they got to Litchfield and why they act the way they do. And unlike "Lost," which had a finite number of people on that island we cared about — and had an uneven track record at trying to expand that number — "Orange" has a »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Ask Alan, Episode 11: Which TV star is poised for a Chris Pratt-like movie breakout?

3 July 2015 1:00 AM, PDT

Happy Independence Day weekend, everybody! To celebrate (and also because it's been two weeks since the last one), it's time for another installment of Ask Alan, where I take your questions about this thing we call TV.  In this week's episode, I take questions about what show has the biggest quality gap between its best and worst episodes, try to predict which TV actor might follow Chris Pratt into movie stardom (while somehow failing to say the words "Tatiana Maslany," because I am dumb), and try to rank the "Mad Men" seasons in order of preference. As always, you can send questions — the more concisely-worded, the better — to askalan@hitfix.com. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Is it time to start worrying about 'Hannibal' season 3?

2 July 2015 8:00 PM, PDT

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I'm charming the way a cat is charming... Okay, so we've had five episodes this season, four of them set in Europe. The first two were outstanding, though definitely pushing the outer limits of what the show's dreamy and pretentious style will hold. The third leaned more towards the gibberish side of the scale than even this show should, particularly in any of the scenes involving Will and Chiyoh. Last week's return to America to catch up with the supporting cast was much sharper, in multiple ways, even though its design meant Hannibal was all but absent. Hannibal was back at center stage for "Contorno," and was joined in Florence by Jack Crawford, but this was another bumpy episode in multiple areas. I'm not at the panic stage yet — the three episodes I liked were all great, and there »


- Alan Sepinwall

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A trip to the newest Universal ride has us thinking about the park's big changes

2 July 2015 1:30 PM, PDT

As I wrote in one of my "25 Years In La" pieces, I was a tour guide at Universal Studios. Technically, we were "studio guides," and in my time at the park, I did many different jobs. I was Leatherface for a full run of Halloween Horror Nights, and I managed to win a nod for "Best Scare" at the end of the event. That doesn't really mean anything, but it felt great at the end of a really tough eleven or twelve straight days. I worked "Backdraft" when it was an attraction that took up a full soundstage, and I made up my own slightly insane tweaks to the script that entertained me, if no one else. My friend and I figured out where we could stand in the "E.T." ride so we could say names to it at the beginning of the ride, since the end of the ride »


- Drew McWeeny

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Paul Thomas Anderson plus Robert Downey Jr equals kid's film, obviously

2 July 2015 1:20 PM, PDT

"I wanted to make something my kids could see." Ah, if I had a dollar for every time I've heard that phrase, I could retire comfortably by now. It's a common refrain because many artists start their careers with a kind of ferocity, unafraid to explore any topic, unwilling to compromise, and determined to demolish taboos in every form. But like everyone, when they have kids, they are changed by that experience, and it makes sense that when those kids start asking about what their parents do, those parents get real motivated real fast to be involved in something that they can share with their kids. There's nothing I've made that I can show my own kids any time soon. "Cigarette Burns," "Pro-Life," and "Skin and Bones" are all horror with some truly nasty and dark little corners. I'm not even sure how I'd preface screening any of those for the boys. »


- Drew McWeeny

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Is this the most amazing thing you've ever seen?

2 July 2015 11:41 AM, PDT

Bruce Campbell just came across the most amazing thing he's ever seen and wants to share it with you. But is it literally the most amazing thing he's ever seen? It's hard to know! This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. #AshvsEvilDead https://t.co/CmftXf0OPF — Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 2, 2015 "What if Sam Raimi directed Bruce Campbell as Ash as John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in 'The Searchers'?" Well, what if? You're about to find out thanks to this YouTube video. After watching, let us know if it's the most amazing thing you've ever seen in the comments. Or if it's not, let us know that too! »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Box Office: 'Magic Mike Xxl' dances around 'Terminator Genisys' for no. 1 Wednes

2 July 2015 11:32 AM, PDT

Pre-release polling suggested it would be a close call between newcomers "Magic Mike Xxl" and "Terminator Genisys" and after one day tracking looks on target. "Magic Mike Xxl" took in $9.3 million on Wednesday while the fifth "Terminator" raked in $8.9 million.  For comparison's sake, last year the Melissa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" opened to $6.2 million the Wednesday before July 4th and "Transformers: Age of Extinction," in its third day, earned $7.7 million.   It's still unclear whether either new film will win the holiday frame.  "Inside Out," which crossed the $200 million mark Tuesday, or "Jurassic World," the no. 1 movie of the year so far with over $514 million, could easily take the top spot. One intriguing indicator of what will occur may be the handy Cinemascore ratings.  "Magic Mike" earned an A- while "Genysis" polled at a B+.  Critics have also been kinder to the Channing Tatum sequel awarding it a 60 on Metacritic and a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back: Busting ghosts and judging Enchantress

2 July 2015 10:56 AM, PDT

“Two Steps Forward and One Step Back" takes a look at the past week in media entertainment and picks two times comics/television/movies/video games got it right, and one time they couldn't hold it together. **************** If you'd like to know more about this week’s topics, check out the links below! • See the new "Ghostbusters" costumes and proton packs! • Read Cara Delevingne's thoughts on superheroines. • Check out Hasbro's about-face with their "Jurassic World" toys.   »


- Donna Dickens

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