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Box Office: ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ ‘Terminator Genisys’ No Match for ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Jurassic World’
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
Comic-Con: Batman, Wonder Woman and Other DC Superheroes Suit Up for Marvel-Free Spotlight
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
- Rebecca Ford
‘Hello Kitty’ To Be Turned Into Film For 2019 Release
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… »
Watch: Scott Lang Wants To Call The Avengers In New International 'Ant-Man' Trailer
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
George Takei scores an unlikely defender: William Shatner
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
Karlovy Vary: Eaux Vives, Martin, Ivanov Prep ‘At Dawn’
At Karlovy Vary for competition entry “Babai,” which it co-produces, Paris-based Eaux Vives Production will reteam with Philip Martin for “At Dawn” (“Des L’Aube”), which is set to star Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov, who scored a L.A. Film Critics Assn. Award playing abortionist Mr. Bebe in Cristian Mungiu’s 2007 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.”
Eaux Vives produced Martin’s first feature, “Hungry Man,” a Karlovy Vary 2013 world premiere.
Like many Eaux Vives’ productions or projects – “Babai,” set between Kosovo and Germany: “Mister,” whose action unspools in Paris, then Norway – “At Dawn” forms part of one of Europe’s modern movie traditions, often to the fore at Karlovy Vary: Arthouse films that leverage international co-production to tell human stories, often about Europe’s young embarked on a journey to find their emotional place in the world.
In “At Dawn,” and other titles, that journey is literal, »
- John Hopewell
Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill Face Off in New 'Batman v Superman' Photos
Fans can now get a better visual of the anticipated 2016 smackdown between Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as Batman and Superman, respectively. Before the cast hits Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly released new photos of the stars in action along with Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Godot who reveal their new looks. Read More 'Batman v Superman' Trailer Officially Released A photo of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor shows the actor sporting long hair in a unique version of the viillan while Super Woman/Diana Perry (Gal Godot) gets close with Bruce Wayne at a soiree for a meeting of their alter-egos. “I love the fact
- Arlene Washington
Jackie & Ryan Is Like Nicholas Sparks-Lite
Could Jackie and Ryan even be called a movie? And does it really matter? This underdeveloped romance seems to be lacking an act, or two, or maybe even three. But it’s filled with such great music that the emotions are there regardless. Not unlike Once, the movie itself feels like an excuse for the music. And as with Once, that’s not always a bad thing.The film follows Ryan (Ben Barnes), a modern-day hobo riding the rails, guitar in hand, busking along the way as he makes some vague noises about maybe starting a recording career. One day in Ogden, Utah, he finds himself playing on the street for Jackie (Katherine Heigl), a former country star now going through a messy divorce and living with her mom (Sheryl Lee). A minor car accident brings them together, and soon enough, they’re making eyes at each other, while he »
- Bilge Ebiri
NBC Cancels 'A.D. The Bible Continues'
NBC has decided not to continue A.D. The Bible Continues. The series opened to high expectations but was not an out-of-the-box ratings hit like History Channel's record-setting The Bible. From producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the Universal Television drama is a rare miss for the mega-producers, and came in a season in which religious-themed fare, including CBS' Dovemakers mini, failed to lure live viewers. For NBC, the A.D. cancellation comes after a disastrous freshman season in which only Mysteries of Laura will return. The news comes days after NBC axed rookie
- THR Staff
New Video Shows Nic Cage as '90s Superman
A long time ago, in the ’90s, filmmaker Tim Burton infamously planned on a making a Superman movie starring one Nicolas Cage. At the time, Burton had yet to devolve into a parody of himself, and Cage… well, at that point in his career he was still known more as an actor than a recurring internet meme. The film, which never took off, was called Superman Lives, and you can just imagine the bizarre iteration of the Man of Steel that Burton and Cage could’ve conjured. A new documentary chronicling the film’s failure called The Death of Superman Lives (which is a most excellent title) is coming out July 9, and courtesy of the Los Angeles Times, you can now watch a clip from the documentary showing the "holy grail" footage of Cage's costume test: Here is the trailer for The Death of Superman Lives, which will be shown »
- Greg Cwik
NBC Cancels ‘A.D.’ As Producers Plan Digital Revival For Biblical Drama
“A.D” averaged about 6.5 million viewers and a 1.o in adults 18-49 in live-plus-7 Nielsen ratings across its 12-episode run, which ended June 21. The series was designed to pick up where Burnett and Downey’s blockbuster 2013 miniseries “The Bible” left off and chronicle stories from the formative years of Christianity.
The numbers were too soft for a renewal on NBC. But now that the “A.D.” moniker is established with a devoted cadre of viewers, Burnett and Downey see it as a perfect tentpole for the launch of the Ott channel they have been working on since partnering with MGM to form United Artists Media Group last fall.
The online channel is envisioned as a hub for »
- Cynthia Littleton
Richard Gere Pays Tribute to Dalai Lama at Opening of Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Karlovy Vary, Czech Rep. — Richard Gere struck a political note at Friday’s opening of the 50th edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, where he received an award. Gere paid tribute to the Dalai Lama, while also taking a side-swipe at China.
Gere, who received the festival’s Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema, mentioned that as well as being Karlovy Vary’s anniversary, this year marked the 80th birthday, on July 6, of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet.
Gere congratulated the Czech people on having a former president like the late Vaclav Havel, who had welcomed the Dalai Lama to his country when many other political leaders had not done so for fear of upsetting China, which controls Tibet.
“One of the extraordinary things is — in a world that is almost totally controlled by the Chinese communist government right now »
- Leo Barraclough and Will Tizard
Steven Tyler Goes Country in "Love Is Your Name" Music Video—Watch!
Steven Tyler?! The Aerosmith frontman has gone country, or rather, hippie-country, for his new solo single "Love Is Your Name," whose music video was released on Friday. In the clip, which was filmed near Nashville, Tyler sports a mustache and his usual long brown hair, accentuated by blond highlights. He wears a flowing white shirt opened halfway to show off his chest and array of necklaces, paired with tight, tan pants. Also featured is a blonde model, sporting a white boho dress and a few super long, colorful sashes trailing behind her—a nod to Tyler's trademark stage rocker look. "Love Is Your Name" is featured on Tyler's upcoming debut solo album, which will »
Pre-Holiday Box Office: 'Inside Out,' 'Terminator' and 'Magic Mike' Close, 'Amy' Strong
The two days leading into the Independence Day weekend showed four films grossing $12 million or better for their combined totals, But the orders are different depending on which day is looked at, and the two-day totals suggest that the three-day weekend ahead is up for grabs. The order for Wednesday/Thursday combined shows "Terminator: Genisys" (Paramount) slightly ahead of the pack with $15.4 million ($8.9 for Wednesday, $6.5 on Thursday). Pixar's "Inside Out" (Buena Vista) is just behind at $15.2 million after grossing $7.5 million on Wednesday and $7.7 on Thursday, taking the top gross by a healthy margin to suggest that it could end up on top for the weekend after placing second previously. "Magic Mike Xxl" (Warner Bros.) comes next with $15 million, combining $9.3 million on Wednesday and $5.7 million Thursday, besting the rest on Wednesday but placing fourth yesterday. "Jurassic World" (Universal), after »
- Tom Brueggemann
Watch: Asif Kapadia Narrates a Moving Scene from 'Amy'
Asif Kapadia's "Amy" is an autopsy of a fallen star's death-spiral, and of the myth of the celebrity trainwreck. Full of texture and truth, this extraordinary music documentary details how we were all complicit in Winehouse's demise at 27. The film does not try and tell us what it was that made Winehouse such a raw talent, because we already know. Her voice was a preternatural gift gone too soon. You leave the movie pissed off and regretful and angry at the world, and yourself. Read More: How "Amy" Shows You Winehouse as You've Never Seen Before "Amy" is now in theaters from A24. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever
Getting booked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a major event is an honor for any artist. Many will try anything — whether it's fiddling with the arrangement or striving for the glory notes that only five-octave powerhouses like Whitney could hit — to put their own memorable stamp on the national anthem. Alas, not everyone — in fact, almost no one — reaches a level of true greatness. With that in mind, cover your heart and hold your ears as Billboard brings you the 10 worst national anthem performances ever. 10. Keri Hilson 2010 Keri Hilson has
- Billboard Staff
Katherine Heigl & Alexis Bledel Play Same-Sex Couple in Jenny's Wedding—Watch the Trailer!
Katherine Heigl stars in another romance film involving a wedding and this time, her love interest is played by...a Gilmore Girl! That's right, the 36-year-old Knocked Up actress and Alexis Bledel, 33, play a lesbian couple in the new movie Jenny's Wedding, whose trailer was released this week. Heigl's character's family is très excited their little girl is getting married. But not so much after she tells them there's no groom involved. "You're marrying your roommate?" Heigl's character's mother asks her. "She's not my roommate," the actress replies. Bledel talked about her character, Kitty, in an interview with »
Time for a Reality Check Among TV’s Streaming Services
In the burgeoning world of subscription VOD, all ventures are not created equal.
That’s a notion easy to lose sight of in 2015 as one TV network after another pushes out an over-the-top extension that makes programming available without requiring consumers to pay for a multichannel subscription. The latest is Lifetime, which unveiled a new branded Svod play Thursday that offers 30 original movies for $4 per month.
Lifetime Movie Club is bound to get lumped in with the growing roster of channels that have made similar moves, including HBO, Showtime, Nickelodeon and CBS (and many more coming). But that doesn’t really make sense.
They’re all similar in one key regard: They free up programming previously restricted to pay-tv subscribers. But what exactly they make available is where the one-size-fits-all definition of Ott starts to fall apart.
HBO Now, for example, is a truly disruptive offering, unshackling all of the »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Watch: Conan O’Brien Sees ‘Magic Mike Xxl,’ Dances for His Female Staffers
O’Brien rounded up a group of his female staffers who were excited to see the male stripper pic. Their enthusiasm dumbfounded the latenight host, who claimed to be unaware of the movie’s theme.
“I don’t know much about the film. Just judging by the title, I assume it’s a very heavy magician,” O’Brien says in the video. “I haven’t seen you ladies react this way to a movie franchise before. You didn’t do this for ‘Ninja Turtles.’ What’s going on?”
In the 10-minute segment, O’Brien sips on an elaborate pink cocktail that he dubs “The C. Tatum” after the movie’s star and even dances for the ladies, at one point ripping off his track pants to reveal »
- Marianne Zumberge
Fourth of July: Where to Watch Fireworks in L.A. and N.Y.
City skies will be a pyrotechnic-filled sight this coming Fourth of July. In celebration of Independence Day, THR rounds up twelve different locations at which families, friends and partners can catch views of the fireworks shows taking place around the Los Angeles and New York regions this holiday. Los Angeles Rose Bowl The 89th annual Fourth of July celebration at Pasadena's Rose Bowl Stadium, known as Americafest, will feature an explosive fireworks show by Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, as well as tribute performances honoring the Beatles and Elvis Presley. In anticipation of the upcoming Minions film, a screening of Despicable Me
- THR Staff
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