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Box Office: ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ ‘Terminator Genisys’ No Match for ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Jurassic World’

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger and a team of male strippers are no match for a plucky pre-teen and the mighty Indominus rex.

Inside Out” and “Jurassic World” are racing ahead of newcomers “Magic Mike XXL” and “Terminator Genisys” in the lead up to the July 4th holiday. The Disney and Pixar animated blockbuster about the emotional life of a young girl racked up $7.7 million on Thursday, bringing its North American haul to $216.1 million, while Universal’s dinosaur thriller added $6.9 million to its $527.2 million domestic haul.

Paramount’s “Terminator Genisys” was close behind, pulling in $6.5 million and bringing its total to $15.4 million. The attempt to reboot the cyborg franchise is facing fierce headwinds. Reviews have been lackluster and with a $155 million price tag, “Terminator Genisys” is relying on foreign crowds to propel it to profitability. To that end, it will roll out in 60% of the overseas market this weekend, a move that could boost its receipts substantially. »

- Brent Lang

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Comic-Con: Batman, Wonder Woman and Other DC Superheroes Suit Up for Marvel-Free Spotlight

23 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the July 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Remember Comic-Con 2013? When Zack Snyder came onstage as a surprise guest at the Warner Bros./DC Comics panel and announced to a crowd of thousands that he’d be making another Superman movie, this one — incredible! — also starring Batman? It was the biggest moment of the convention … for about six hours. Then Disney/Marvel held their panel in Hall H, spilled a few details about Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age

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- Rebecca Ford

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‘Hello Kitty’ To Be Turned Into Film For 2019 Release

21 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Iconic Japanese brand Hello Kitty, famous globally for the red-bowed cat with six symmetrical whiskers, is getting her own film adaptation. Japanese lifestyle company Sanrio is planning to finance and produce a feature based on the character and release it globally in 2019. The film will go through Sanrio’s recently established U.S. subsidiary. The project will have an expected budget of anywhere from $160 million-$240 million, including P&A, according to Sanrio… »

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Watch: Scott Lang Wants To Call The Avengers In New International 'Ant-Man' Trailer

22 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Marvel's promo machine is in full force with another international trailer cut for "Ant-Man." And with the trades already predicting a big $65 million dollar opening for the movie in the U.S., perhaps the studio is going into overdrive to make sure "Ant-Man" will hit that number. While touted as a standalone(ish) movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there has still been much straining by everyone involved to remind you that The Avengers still exist in this world. And in this promo, Scott Lang would prefer to call them then to try and become a hero himself. Meanwhile, an intriguing new viral clip acts as a mini-prequel to the movie, with a quick tease of the events in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" and a hint at Lang's stint in jail. Read More: New 'Ant-Man' Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters "Ant-Man" arrives on July 17th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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George Takei scores an unlikely defender: William Shatner

22 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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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Film Review: ‘The Violators’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An ironic pink heart dots the ‘i’ in troubled-teen tale “The Violators” — perhaps the sole playful touch in this stern, striking debut from British novelist-turned-helmer Helen Walsh. Treading ground initially derivative of works by Andrea Arnold and Pawel Pawlikowski before going on its own genre-tinged tangent, this study of adolescent desire and alienation across class lines takes its time nurturing a tensely ambiguous relationship between its two young female leads — alertly played by newcomers Lauren McQueen and Brogan Ellis — only to squander a measure of that intrigue on a blunt third-act twist. Early berths in Edinburgh and Karlovy Vary portend a healthy festival run for this auspicious arrival, though distributors may hold back.

The picturesque English county of Cheshire is not typically associated with hard urban realism, so it’s fitting that Walsh has chosen it as the locale for a story in which the working classes seem pointedly disregarded even by their nearest neighbors. »

- Guy Lodge

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The Best Films of 2015 So Far

2 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

For the halftime mark, we decided to widen the berth to include festival titles opening later in the year. There were just too many great titles kicking around in our heads since Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and Cannes to leave off. Look forward to these in the Fall and Winter as awards season beckons.  Across the board, most of us love "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Love and Mercy," "Clouds of Sils Maria" and "Inside Out," which will all be in the conversation and on other critics' lists at year's end. Below, read top tens from Anne Thompson, Ryan Lattanzio, Matt Brennan, Demetrios Matheou and Susan Wloszczyna. Anne Thompson: 1. "Mad Max: Fury Road" (dir. George Miller, Warner Bros.)  This one-of-a-kind cinematic spectacular takes your breath away, setting the action bar at a new level. In the fourth of a series, Mac (Tom Hardy) more than meets his match in magnificent woman warrior (Charlize Theron). See. »

- TOH!

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

6 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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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Grateful Dead, Trey Anastasio Let It Grow at Fare Thee Well Chicago Kick-Off: Concert Review

7 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The circus has definitely come to town. Chicago was crawling with tie-dyed and skull-clad visitors all day Friday. They speckled the crowd at Wrigley Field, dominated the lines at beloved hot dog joints and filled the subways heading to Soldier Field, banging up against drunken, sunburned Cubs fans on their way home from another loss. The festivities kicked off shortly after 7 p.m. at Soldier Field, where the surviving members of the Grateful Dead -- Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, ​Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, known as the "core four" -- kicked off a three-night run they say will be their

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- Alan Paul, Billboard

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Former Disney Chief Michael Eisner: A Woman Who Is Funny and Beautiful Is "Impossible to Find"

9 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Michael Eisner thinks that funny, beautiful women are hard to find. That's what the former Disney CEO told an audience Thursday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, according to The Atlantic. During an onstage conversation with Goldie Hawn, he theorized on why she'd been so successful: "From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far. They usually—boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online—but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny." Read More Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and Comedy Actress A-List in Raunchy, R-

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- THR staff

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

9 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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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Kim Kardashian Shows Off Growing Baby Bump in Tight Workout Gear

11 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Only six months to go! Expectant mom Kim Kardashian showed off growing baby bump in Los Angeles on Friday in a head-to-toe black workout outfit that showed off her curves. In tight black leggings, black shirt, black jacket and sneakers, the 34-year-old reality star hid her face behind giant sunglasses as she ran some errands before the Fourth of July weekend. Kim, who already has one child with husband Kanye West, recently shot down rumors that they only used male embryos during IVF treatments. "It came from a tabloid," she said in a Today interview about the reports. "I'm grateful just to be pregnant, and we would be happy with a boy or a girl." The proud parents of North »

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Kourtney Kardashian Steps Out in Midriff-Baring Top Amid Scott Disick Partying Reports

12 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If she's sweating the photos of her boyfriend partying in the South of France without her, she's definitely not showing it.  Kourtney Kardashian stepped out on Friday looking gorgeous in a midriff-baring, white long-sleeved shirt and form-fitting jeans that showed off her slim post-baby body. She gave birth to baby Reign back in December, her third child with Scott Disick. While the 36-year-old reality star wasn't exactly grinning from ear to ear while spotted in Los Angeles, she doesn't seem to be showing any of the stress she surely feels after the father of her children and longtime boyfriend was photographed getting close with another woman in Monte Carlo. What was supposed to be a »

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Taylor Swift Gets Piggyback Ride From a Shirtless Calvin Harris—See the Adorable Photo

13 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

How cute are these two?! Taylor Swift shared an absolutely adorable photo from her Fourth of July celebration of her and her boyfriend Calvin Harris, and the couple has never looked happier. In the Instagram pic, the 25-year-old pop star is in a blue plaid bathing suit and getting a piggyback ride from a shirtless Harris. The duo are all smiles while the "Style" singer looks like she's in the middle of whispering sweet nothings into his ear. "Friendly relations between Scotland and America," Swift captioned the pic and tagging the music producer. "Friendly relations?" That's an understatement!  It looks like the Grammy-winner is hosting yet another over-the-top »

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ITV, Netflix in Race to Sign ‘Top Gear’ Trio for New Show

13 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The race to sign the three former “Top Gear” hosts for a new automotive-focused unscripted series is said to be heading into the final laps, with ITV and Netflix in the lead. Hulu is also said to be in the mix.

It’s no secret that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been in negotiations for weeks to set up a new show that would compete with the BBC mainstay, which is being relaunched with a new host, Chris Evans.

Clarkson was fired from “Top Gear” in March after physically assaulting a producer during a location shoot. He’d hosted the show in various incarnations since 1988 but for an absence from 1999 until the series relaunched in 2002.

Wme is understood to be among those advising the threesome as they finalize their next chapter. Also joining the new program will be longtime producer Andy Wilman.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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