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
10 Stories You Might Have Missed: 'Star Trek,' 'Guardians' sequels get titles
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
Grateful Dead, Trey Anastasio Let It Grow at Fare Thee Well Chicago Kick-Off: Concert Review
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
- Alan Paul, Billboard
Former Disney Chief Michael Eisner: A Woman Who Is Funny and Beautiful Is "Impossible to Find"
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-
- THR staff
'A.D. The Bible Continues' joins 'American Odyssey' on NBC's cancellation heap
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
Kim Kardashian Shows Off Growing Baby Bump in Tight Workout Gear
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 »
Kourtney Kardashian Steps Out in Midriff-Baring Top Amid Scott Disick Partying Reports
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 »
Taylor Swift Gets Piggyback Ride From a Shirtless Calvin Harris—See the Adorable Photo
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 »
ITV, Netflix in Race to Sign ‘Top Gear’ Trio for New Show
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.
Hammond and May declined to »
- Cynthia Littleton
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