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Holdovers Battle for Fourth
Jurassic World and Inside Out are still grappling for 1st place over the three-day Fourth of July frame, with World just slightly ahead, estimating $30.9M to Inside's $30.1M. If World prevails it will be the dino-flick's fourth three-day weekend at #1. What Universal does appear to be conceding, however, with a "you can have it" air, is that the Disney/Pixar film is likely the winner of the five-day Fourth of July frame. Though it's still a tight race Disney is claiming victory for the full holiday domestic frame with Inside Out making $45.3M (4,158 venues) to Jurassic World's $43.8M (3,737 venues). Universal is also reporting that Jurassic World will pass $550M in domestic grosses this weekend. Adding another milestone to its marble bag of records that's the fastest*in 24 days*any film has reached the $550M mark. World added $42M in overseas coin, raising its international total to $826.9M. Combined with »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
‘Avengers,’ ‘Inside Out’ Push Disney Past $3 Billion at 2015 Box Office
Walt Disney Studios has reached the $3 billion global box office milestone for 2015 — the fastest it has ever crossed the mark — fueled by the successes of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Cinderella” and “Inside Out.”
It’s the sixth consecutive year and the ninth time overall that Disney has achieved the milestone. The studio hit the mark on June 30, five weeks faster than the previous record set last year on Aug. 5.
Disney announced on June 25 that it had crossed the $1 billion domestic threshold, setting a studio record time of 174 days.
“Inside Out” won the Wednesday-through-Sunday period in the U.S. with $45.3 million, giving it $246.2 million in less than three weeks. International grosses have hit $117.3 million from 45% of markets, led by Mexico with $24.9 million, Russia with $17.2 million and Australia with $13 million.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opened in its final international market this weekend in Japan with $6.5 million in its first two days — the »
- Dave McNary
Diana Douglas Dies: Actress, 92, Was Kirk Douglas’ First Wife And Mother of Michael And Joel Douglas
Actress Diana Douglas, mother of Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas, died today at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, CA. The first wife of actor Kirk Douglas, she was 92 and died of cancer, her husband of 15 years Donald A. Webster said. Diana Douglas had a long career in movies, TV and in theater. She appeared in 22 films. Her final feature film was the Fred Schepisi-directed It Runs in the Family, which also starred Kirk, Michael, Joel and grandson… »
‘Amy’ Sparkles With $37K PTA, ‘Cartel Land’ Solid: Specialty Box Office
The late Amy Winehouse drew big crowds to cinemas over the holiday weekend with one of the biggest debuts of any specialty release this year and certainly in the top tier for any documentary. In just six theaters, A24’s simply titled Amy grossed just over $222K for a robust $37,002 per-theater average, by far the biggest of any movie reporting grosses today. Sundance Film Festival award-winner Cartel Land also launched with a solid start in a pair of locations, while Sony… »
Watch John Oliver's July 4th Shallow Dives for Last Week Tonight
Last Week Tonight had a mini-break last week because of Fourth of July, but that didn't stop John Oliver from giving his fans and viewers some fun content. Oliver and Co. decided to cover 15 topics in one minute, rather than one topic in 15 minutes, in a hilarious web exclusive; the resulting Last Week Tonight-lite treat features everything from ostriches and pugs to orgies and an interesting fun fact about Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker. See? Fun. (Don't worry: The Trans-Pacific Partnership will probably be back, and the show will definitely be back July 12.) »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Kid Cudi's Next Album Will Be the 'Purest Form' of His Artistic Self
Rapper and (Comedy Bang! Bang! co-star) Kid Cudi had new, hyped-up info about one of his upcoming albums over the Fourth of July weekend, so he took to Twitter to grab everybody's attention. The first of two albums in the works, Speedin' Bullet to Heaven, is almost entirely self-produced, as well as 98 percent done, according to the artist. "I produced every record myself," Cudi wrote. "This album is the 100% ... purest form of my artistic self." Last month, Cudi had promised "massive info" to come on his new record, adding that faces would be melting and rewards would be issued in the form of magical music candy. Sounded gnarly. Well, mission basically accomplished. We're just waiting for these tunes. Here's his full explanation: Score. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Season Finale Review: 'Penny Dreadful' - Eva Green vs. the Devil was worth the wait
It’s hard to imagine the characters that inhabit the world of “Penny Dreadful” being in worse emotional predicaments than they were at the end of season one, but creator and writer John Logan leaves his creations at their lowest points following the season two finale, “And They Were Enemies.” Thankfully, he has the combined talents of Eva Green, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear and director Bruce Kirk to make the preceding hour a more satisfying finale than viewers might have expected. The previous episode, "And Hell Itself My Only Foe," found our heroes invading the home of Madame Kali (Helen McCrory) in order to rescue Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) from her coven of witches. It ended with Vanessa Ives (Green) facing her greatest fear, a doll of herself, and a trapped Sembene (Danny Sapani) refusing to kill Mr. Chandler (Josh Hartnett) before the full moon transformed him into his uncontrollable werewolf state. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Ballers Recap: I’m On a Boat
I swear, some people just don’t know how to act when they get on a boat! In the latest Ballers episode, “Move the Chains,” most of the action goes down on an expensive, expansive yacht, where varying degrees of ratchetness also happen.The vessel belongs to the rich and dickish Mr. Anderson (The West Wing’s Richard Schiff), Spencer, and Joe’s boss, who nervously asks their superior if they can use his yacht (named “The Old Man,” by the way) for a mixer to drum up more business with potential athlete clients. Thankfully, by the end of the episode, no damages are done to the boat. However, the people inside the boat inflict a lot of damage – mostly to themselves. Let’s start with the Spencer-Vernon-Reggie triangle. Even when Spencer extends an olive branch to start their business relationship over again, and constantly assures him he’s only »
- Craig D. Lindsey
'Big Brother' recap: Did you predict Week 2's four nominees for eviction?'
Did you predict that Da'Vonne Rogers, John McGuire, Steve Moses and Jason Roy would be nominated for eviction on Week 2 of "Big Brother"? If so, you should be taking part in our weekly prediction contest. Hurry -- make your predictions for the rest of Week 2 and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated. -Break- Who will win 'Big Brother'? See exclusive predictions During the Battle of the Block competition that saw houseguests pointing video cameras at random objects around the backyard, Steve and Jason won the challenge, thereby dethroning their Hoh Becky Burgess. The other Hoh, Shelli Poole, convinced John to throw the challenge to ensure that he and Da'Vonne would remain on the block. This Wednesday, will either Da'Vonne or John save themselves by winning the Veto? In our "Big Brother" predic. »
Halt and Catch Fire Recap: Baby Mine
In the early days of the birth control movement, Planned Parenthood co-founder Margaret Sanger spoke often about the idea of “voluntary motherhood” being a fundamental element to the idea of equal rights for women. At the time, the thought was revolutionary, this notion that women should be free to choose when and if they got pregnant, and Sanger rightly saw the movement as a way for women of every class and creed to have autonomy over their own bodies.This idea of voluntary motherhood has been something that’s weighed heavily on the second season of Halt and Catch Fire, with the issue finally coming to a head in “10Broad35.” The opening scenes show us Donna confiding in her mother that she was pregnant and had miscarried and that Gordon was none the wiser. Donna’s mother was empathetic and anxious to comfort her daughter, but Donna would have none of it, »
- Libby Hill
Watching The Series of Unfortunate Events Teaser Is Like Playing an Unfortunate Game of I Spy
It's been a while since we've heard anything about Lemony Snicket and his forthcoming Series of Unfortunate Events endeavor — but (un)fortunately that changed over the long weekend when YouTube user Eleanora Poe uploaded a teaser for Netflix's 2016 adaptation of the books. Just as the YouTube user's handle is a reference to something from the delightfully dismaying story, so is almost everything else in this eerie 35-second teaser: There's Sunny's bird cage, Violet's ribbon, Klaus's cracked glasses, a leech, a copy of The Daily Punctilio, and lots and lots and lots of eyes, among many other cryptic gems. Oh, and don't forget Count Olaf. Help. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard "Are So Excited" to Begin Their Mission Work With Baby Israel—Take a Look!
And away they go! Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard headed to the airport Sunday morning with baby Israel to board a plane traveling to their mission destination. "So excited for @jillmdillard & @derickdillard! They've been praying about and working towards this transition since late last year, and are so excited to finally be heading to the mission field!" Jessa Duggar wrote on Instagram. "Please continue to pray for them!" She continued, "Be sure to check out their blog at www.dillardfamily.com. 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.' Mark 16:15." While their exact destination remains unknown at this time, some fans are speculating »
‘Penny Dreadful’ Season Finale Shakes Up Showtime’s Gothic Drama (Spoilers)
Showtime has renewed “Penny Dreadful” for a third season, which, after Sunday’s finale, provokes some mixed feelings. That’s not because the show isn’t great fun to watch, but rather because there was enough poetry in its final chapter that even with numerous loose ends, it frankly wouldn’t have been a bad place to end things. As it was, the season-long story line involving a Satan-worshipping coven paid off handsomely, before scattering members of the central cast in a manner that will require dexterity to reconstitute them. Fortunately, series creator John Logan appears up to the task.
As rich as the season was, it often didn’t seem to be going anywhere with any urgency, with Logan and his splendid cast luxuriating in the florid dialogue and Gothic atmosphere. So it came as something of relief to see the pace quicken and tension rise in the final two episodes, »
- Brian Lowry
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Get Married!
Yes, it's true! Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis finally said "I Do." One of Hollywood's most beloved couples made their love official over the Fourth of July weekend by getting married in a private ceremony, a source told People. Fans have been waiting ever so patiently for the That '70s Show co-stars to finally tie the knot. In fact, there has been more than just one act that got admirers buzzing about a possible wedding event. In January, rumors of a New Year's wedding spread when Kutcher displayed a cryptic picture on Facebook with the words "Happy New Year Love The Kutchers" drawn in the sand. Later on in March, Kunis was asked by James Corden about her »
True Detective May Actually Tell Us Who Is the Truest Detective Of All
Is it just us, or did tonight's episode finally start making some sense, sort of? First of all, last week's cliffhanger was a total fakeout. Turns out, Colin Farrell, or Ray Velcoro or whatever, was shot point-blank with a shotgun full of buckshot. That means that other than a few broken ribs and the fact that he peed himself and then traveled to a strange musical purgatory, he was totally fine and not at all dead. We guess that's good news, if you're a fan of Colin Farrell. It's bad news, however, if you hate being faked out by fake deaths, which we kinda do. That would have been such a good twist, and now we're disappointed. Anyway, since he was not dead, Ray was able to relay to »
The Hello Kitty Movie You've Always Wanted Is in the Works
Hello Kitty, the Japanese bobtail cat-slash-little girl named Kitty White who has become a worldwide icon over the last four decades, is finally getting a big-screen adaptation, Deadline reports. The movie will likely be animated and will have a monster budget between $160 million and $240 million. What will happen in said movie is unclear at the moment (maybe this or this), but according to Hello Kitty's Facebook page, the feline "lives in the suburbs of London with her parents and her twin sister Mimmy. She has lots of friends at school with whom she shares many adventures." She also reportedly enjoys traveling, listening to music, reading, eating cookies, making friends, and collecting cute stuff, such as ribbons, hair accessories, candy, stars (because she is an astronaut), and goldfish (because she is a psycho). Stars, they are just like us. Hello Kitty's leap to celluloid will happen in 2019. Thanks to »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The David Lynchian Overtones of True Detective’s Second Season
Spoilers ahead for the second season of True Detective. The first season of True Detective was, if nothing else, a hotbed of references and influences – everything from Nietzsche to Robert Chambers’s book The King in Yellow to Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil to the films of Michael Mann. The arrival of the second season suggests things will be no different this time around — no matter what series creator Nic Pizzolatto and his directors may actually say. And one of the most prominent influences on this new season appears to be the work of David Lynch. Of course, Pizzolatto has made his fondness for Lynch known in the past, and the director’s Lost Highway felt like a key influence on last season as well. (Plus, Twin Peaks is already the granddaddy of most shows that feature an ongoing investigation over an entire season.) But based on what we’ve seen, »
- Bilge Ebiri
So, What's Going On Between Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Fukunaga?
On Sunday night's episode of True Detective, Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) and Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) visit a film set presided over by the worst person in the world: In a few scant minutes of screen time, we learned that the film's director is an alcoholic prima donna who alienated his crew and got mixed up in sex-party shenanigans that led to the death of a local politician. Oh yeah, and this horrible man just so happens to bear a clear resemblance to former True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, all the way down to his distinctive hairstyle. Assuming this wasn't just an unfortunate coincidence — and in the world of True Detective, there are no coincidences — this sequence should go down as the most passive aggressive TV scene of 2015. Rumors of tension between Fukunaga, who directed all eight episodes of season one, and Nic Pizzolatto, who has written every episode of the show, »
- Nate Jones
True Detective Recap: Caddy Remarks
It’s a strange new world out there. Just ask Frank, who’s tired of dealing with brazen Russian-Jewish gangsters and mid-level thugs sporting gold teeth that flash greetings like, “Fuck You.” It’s why he permanently reconstitutes poor Danny Santos’ colorful dental hardware, only after Santos has the nerve to suggest Frank’s a little-big man best off asking the cops to help him find who killed Caspere. Over in Bel-Air, Ani’s got similar beef with Mayor Chessani’s objectively gross son Tony (the impeccably named Vinicius Machado, last seen as pedophile Ci Nomar in Power), who claims she and Paul are way out of jurisdiction at the Chessanis’ palatial manor. They may as well be on another planet, one where small-city figureheads and their trophy wives and spoiled kids live like Gotti kin. (Excepting daughter Betty, played by Aaron Paul’s Breaking Bad boo Emily Rios, who »
- Kenny Herzog
Review: 'True Detective' - 'Maybe Tomorrow': Death becomes him
A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I'm running a yogurt stand... "Is Ray hurt? What happened?" -Felicia "Somebody murdered him." -Frank At the end of the first season of "True Detective," Nic Pizzolatto expressed some frustration that his audience had spent so much time fixating on the show's oblique references to the supernatural. "I'm interested in the atmosphere of cosmic horror, but that's about all I have to say about weird fiction," he told me. "I did feel the perception was tilted more towards weird fiction than perhaps it should have been." The viewers who latched onto that part of Rust and Marty's story weren't imagining it. Those references to "The Yellow King" and Cthulu were there in the show, even if they weren't intended to be viewed as the larger point of the piece. Those viewers were disappointed when the solution to the »
- Alan Sepinwall
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