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Pixar’s “Finding Dory” has crossed $1 billion at the global box office to become the fifth highest-grossing animated film of all time.
The film is Pixar’s second billion-dollar grossing release, joining “Toy Story 3,” and the 12th Walt Disney release to hit that mark. It is also the fourth film by Disney to reach that milestone in the past 12 months, joining “Captain America: Civil War,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and “Zootopia.” “The Jungle Book” fell just short, earning $966.2 million globally.
“Finding Dory” is the year’s highest-grossing domestic release with $485 million. It earned an additional $517 million internationally. The sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” brought back original cast members Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, and earned strong critical reviews. It follows Dory, a Pacific blue tang with short-term memory loss, as she tries to reunite with her family.
Disney is on a roll. The company owns Marvel and Lucasfilm, »
- Brent Lang
Hollywood is vexed by the lack of home runs at the box office this summer. But there is a bright spot amidst countless forecasts of trouble for the film industry. Two of the biggest smashes of the season so far, Disney’s “Finding Dory” and Universal Studios’ “The Secret Life of Pets,” are a reminder that animation is the one genre that seems to be unstoppable at the movies.
Beyond their reliance on pixelated performances, “Dory” and “Pets” share another similarity. They are both stories centered on animals that yammer about their personal lives, bicker and act like human beings. Against a questionable year of ticket sales, where even movie stars like Johnny Depp and George Clooney have come up short, audiences seem to prefer their personalities with tails.
These cuddly creatures are serving as an antidote to dark times in the world. Some executives in Hollywood are starting to »
- Ramin Setoodeh
When you type “what k” into Google, the third search suggestion that currently comes up is “what kind of fish is dory.” So it seems that a lot of folks are still curious about Dory’s real-life counterparts while Finding Dory has people flocking to the movie theater in record numbers. Let HitFix fill you in. Dory (and her parents, who we get to see in Finding Dory) is a Pacific blue tang. The species’ scientific name is paracanthurus hepatus but also has a lot of other names: regal tang, royal blue tang, hippo tang, flag tail surgeonfish. There’s also an Atlantic blue tang out there, but Dory, as we know from Finding Nemo, originates from the Pacific Ocean, though we learn more about exactly where she grew up in Finding Dory. Magnus Manske/Wikimedia Commons In preparation for the film, Finding Dory’s animators were tasked with matching »
- Emily Rome
The professional wrestling world is in mourning today, after news broke last night that Joanie Laurer, best known as WWE Superstar Chyna, passed away at the age of 45. We showed you a number of social media posts that came in last night, from pro wrestlers past and present, paying tribute to this squared circle icon. As the news continued to spread, even more wrestlers paid their respects through social media, as you can see in the several tweets we've gathered below.
The former wrestler's manager told E! News last night that "she was found peacefully," and police couldn't find any signs of foul play. Authorities were called to Chyna's apartment in Redondo Beach, California on Wednesday afternoon, after a friend discovered she was not breathing. She was pronounced dead on the scene, and the cause of death is currently unknown.
Ever since debuting in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF »
Erin Storm, a contestant on season 12 of The Bachelor, has died. Several of Storms' friends confirmed the pilot's passing on social media Tuesday.Friend Christiana Marie began a series of posts dedicated to Storm, first writing on her Facebook page early this morning: "It is with the heaviest heart I've ever had to be posting this. My sweet Erin Storm You have changed my life in many ways and showed me what True Best Friends are all about!!! Heaven just received the most incredible angel in the world. ... I am filled with such sadness to lose one of the most »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
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