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‘Minions: Rise of Gru’ Shattering July 4th Box Office Records With 129M Opening

‘Minions: Rise of Gru’ Shattering July 4th Box Office Records With 129M Opening
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Let the fireworks begin.

The long July 4th holiday weekend is turning into a bonanza for Hollywood as Minions: The Rise of Gru heads for a huge four-day opening of 129.2 million domestically, according to early estimates. That includes 109.5 million for the three days. (Some rivals think it has a shot at approaching 140 million by the end of Monday.)

Overseas, the movie will cross 86 million by Sunday for a global booty of 200 million-plus.

Forget about breaking pandemic-era records for a family title; the Illumination and Universal movie will boast one of the top starts ever at the domestic box office for an animated Hollywood tentpole, not adjusted for inflation.

Friday’s haul alone was around 48 million from 4,400 theaters, including a hefty 10.8 million in previews.

The movie’s performance is significant in that it confirms that parents and younger kids are ready to return to the multiplex in droves.
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The Boys Star Tomer Capone Says Frenchie And Kimiko Are 'Soulmates'

The Boys Star Tomer Capone Says Frenchie And Kimiko Are 'Soulmates'
There aren't very many couples you can really root for on "The Boys," save maybe for the always adorable Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Starlight (Erin Moriarty) or the rough-and-tumble will-they-or-won't-they romance between Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) and Frenchie (Tomer Capone). 

While Starlight and Hughie have faced their ups and downs, Frenchie and Kimiko have never quite taken their fledgling feelings further than a quick kiss, and in episode 7 of "The Boys" season 3, there's finally a resolution to question of their potential romance. It might not be the one some fans wanted, as Kimiko and Frenchie are adorable together and fans are quick to "ship" characters with such...

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Peter Brook, Legendary British Theatre and Film Director, Dead at 97

Peter Brook, Legendary British Theatre and Film Director, Dead at 97
Peter Brook, the innovative film and theater director known for groundbreaking adaptations of classic literary works and bringing prominent non-Western influences into the theater world, has died at the age of 97. The news was confirmed by BBC.

For the majority of the 20th century, Brook was consistently viewed as one of the most important directors working in the theater world. Born in London in 1925, he began directing Shakespeare productions at Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1940s. He quickly became known for his willingness to infuse classic texts, including operas and Christopher Marlowe plays, with experimental aesthetic choices. After several of his productions transferred to Broadway in the 1960s, Brook moved to Paris in the early 1970s. He founded an experimental theater company known as the International Centre for Theatre Research, which traveled throughout Africa and the Middle East to work with local artists on collaborative theater pieces.

As time went on,
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Evil's Kurt Fuller Teases Dr. Boggs Will 'Really Transform' This Season [Interview]

Evil's Kurt Fuller Teases Dr. Boggs Will 'Really Transform' This Season [Interview]
The third season of "Evil" is in full swing, with the show living up to past seasons by continuing to be one of the scariest and smartest shows out there. One of the characters who has already been on quite a journey on the series is the therapist Dr. Kurt Boggs, played by Kurt Fuller.

/Film had the chance to talk with Fuller about Dr. Boggs' tête-a-tête with Sister Andrea (Andrea Martin) in the show's latest episode, as well as what's in store for Dr. Boggs for the rest of the season, what's up with the character's wife (does she even exist?), and how...

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‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Director on How Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and the 1970s Influenced the Film

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Director on How Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and the 1970s Influenced the Film
Minions: The Rise of Gru” may be filled with familiar, uh, faces of the lovable yellow creatures, but it transports them back to the 1970s, when Gru (still voiced by Steve Carell) was a supervillian in training and the Minions were looking to fit into his burgeoning world.

The latest installment of the popular franchise from Universal and Illumination was directed by Kyle Balda, himself a veteran of the world of the Minions and a child of the ’70s. The animation team had to distill tons of research of the colors, the music, the architecture, clothes and hairstyles of the mid-1970s for the film, which follows elementary school student Gru as he applies to join the Vicious 6, a team of supervillians, but of course, events, with the help of the Minions, go awry.

The feature has fun referencing kung fu movies of the ’70s, something Balda loves. Much of
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Box Office: ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Shatters July 4th Holiday Records With 127 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Shatters July 4th Holiday Records With 127 Million Debut
Minions: The Rise of Gru” set off fireworks at the box office, collecting 108 million over the weekend. By the time that July 4th rolls around on Monday, the animated family film is expected to reach a sizable 127.9 million.

Based on those estimates, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” will smash the record for the highest film opening over Independence Day, overtaking Paramount’s 2011 blockbuster “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (115.9 million over four days).

Ticket sales for the fifth installment in Universal and Illumination’s popular “Despicable Me” franchise are a comforting sign that family crowds haven’t entirely forgotten about movie theaters. After Disney’s Pixar film “Lightyear” fell short of expectations, Hollywood had been looking at “Minions: The Rise of Gru” to test the viability of animated flicks on the big screen. That’s because moviegoers with young kids — a demographic that’s vital in driving overall box office revenues
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Sci-Fi Movies That Accurately Predicted The Future

Sci-Fi Movies That Accurately Predicted The Future
Part of the fun of the science fiction genre is the way that some stories try to see the future. Sci-fi novelists have been hitting close to home since H.G.Wells predicted wireless communication, or when Stanislaw Lem imagined today's e-readers. Our favorite movies sometimes have a window to the future, too. A story is rarely completely accurate of course. The details rarely line up exactly. Although, it's still funny that "I Am Legend" nailed the promotional logo "Batman Vs. Superman" would later use.

Sometimes, the movies get close to a clear glimpse of our future — uncomfortably close — especially in the case of older, more pessimistic films. These predictions...

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‘The Railway Children Return’ Review: Wholesome British Children’s Fare With a Hefty Shot of Adult Nostalgia

‘The Railway Children Return’ Review: Wholesome British Children’s Fare With a Hefty Shot of Adult Nostalgia
Even upon its release 52 years ago, Lionel Jeffries’ adaptation of “The Railway Children” was something of a throwback: a kindly, low-conflict family entertainment, faithfully drawn from E. Nesbit’s 1905 children’s novel, that hearkened back to an Edwardian-era England of steam trains, rolling green fields and close-knit village communities. At the time, it caught a wave of nostalgia that got it firmly cemented in the popular British canon, even if it never attained quite the same classic status abroad. Half a century later, it’s still regarded with “they don’t make ’em like they used to” fervor. A very belated follow-up, Morgan Matthews’ “The Railway Children Return” aims to prove that, in fact, they do.

Effectively piling nostalgia upon nostalgia upon nostalgia into a triple-layered Victorian sponge of particularly English sweetness, this good-natured, resolutely old-fashioned film will likely make any adults who grew up on Jeffries’ original a little misty-eyed.
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The Railway Children Return review – family classic sequel stays on track

The Railway Children Return review – family classic sequel stays on track
Plot riffs on the original story include a black US serviceman on the lam in this earnest but likable homage to the beloved 1970 kids’ adventure

Jenny Agutter became a British cinema hall-of-famer as Roberta, or Bobbie, in the much-loved 1970 family classic The Railway Children, about three children forced by circumstance to move with their mother to a cottage in Yorkshire and have adventures involving steam trains. She returned to play the mum in a 2000 TV movie version, and now Agutter is back as her original character, 40 years older, in this sparky sequel imagining a new generation of railway children in 1944, a reboot devised and co-written by producer Jemma Rodgers and directed by Morgan Matthews.

Maybe it’s a bit self-conscious in the way it revives and reimagines the classic plot points, and there could be historical authenticity issues. Would US army military police really have been allowed to arrest an
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Amber Heard’s attorneys request defamation verdict be tossed

Amber Heard’s attorneys request defamation verdict be tossed
Actor says in 43-page memorandum that the jury’s verdict should be set aside on the grounds that it was unsupported by evidence

Attorneys for actor Amber Heard have requested that the judgment against her in the dueling defamation case with ex-husband Johnny Depp be entirely set aside.

Heard, who was found liable on three claims of defamation in June, said in a 43-page memorandum that the jury’s verdict should tossed – and with it a more than 10m award – on the grounds that it was unsupported by evidence.
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‘We Will Fight for This Film,’ Say ‘A Room of My Own’ Team as They Brace for Backlash

‘We Will Fight for This Film,’ Say ‘A Room of My Own’ Team as They Brace for Backlash
Georgian-German drama “A Room of My Own,” about a young woman looking for a female roommate in Tbilisi after her personal life implodes, has its team thinking about future reactions in the Republic of Georgia. But director Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze and actress/co-writer Taki Mumladze are “ready” to address subjects considered controversial in their home country, they tell Variety, from domestic abuse to same-sex relationships.

“We will fight for this film,” says Bliadze, returning to Karlovy Vary Film Festival after his 2021 release “Otar’s Death.” Now, “A Room of My Own” – a Maisis Peri and Color of May production – will vie for the festival’s Crystal Globe award.

“In our country, conservative voices are getting louder and louder, and our government is backing them up. That’s our answer to them.”

In 2020, Levan Akin’s “And Then We Danced,” featuring a gay love story, became the subject of violent mass protests.
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‘It’s a model of how to live’: Mandy Moore, star of This Is Us, on motherhood and music

‘It’s a model of how to live’: Mandy Moore, star of This Is Us, on motherhood and music
For millions, Mandy Moore is best known for playing Rebecca in the TV hit This Is Us. But before that she was a teen queen of pop. As the series comes to an end, she explains why she’s going back to music

In March 2020, Mandy Moore was supposed to be basking in the glory of releasing her first album in 11 years and preparing to hit the road for the first time in 13 years. It appeared to be the perfect moment for a musical comeback – and a hard-won triumph after a long sabbatical. But the world had other plans. A week after the release of Silver Landings, her sixth studio LP, America’s lockdown began.

After so many years away from music, it must have felt like a false start?
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2022 film festivals and markets: latest dates, postponements and cancellations

2022 film festivals and markets: latest dates, postponements and cancellations
Bookmark this page for all the latest festival date changes.

To help keep track of the changing schedule, Screen is keeping this page updated with the latest film festival and market dates, postponements and cancellations.

Festivals taking place online or as hybrid events due to Covid-19 are noted. If not specified, the festival is currently set as a physical event.

To submit details of a change to your festival dates/status, please contact us here with the name, dates, and website for the event, and if it is running online, physically, or both.

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Bentonville Film Festival, US - June
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Karlovy Vary’s ‘The Word’ Spells Out Moral Conundrum Facing Couple in Communist Era

Karlovy Vary’s ‘The Word’ Spells Out Moral Conundrum Facing Couple in Communist Era
Czech screenwriter and director Beata Parkanova says she had a rich mine of real-life characters and scenes to draw on in crafting her second feature, the retro drama “The Word,” competing in the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival’s main event, the Crystal Globe race.

The filmmaker behind “Moments,” a drama that competed in Kviff’s East of the West section in 2018, is screening her sophomore feature at Karlovy Vary in what artistic director Karel Och calls a “masterfully told and highly original intimate drama” built around the family of notary Vaclav Vojir, “a small-town moral authority,” and his fiercely loyal wife, Vera.

The story follows its protagonists through a political and societal ordeal in the summer of 1968, with nuanced performances by Martin Finger and Gabriela Mikulková.

Finger’s principled probate notary and his suffer-no-fools wife, played by Mikulkova, were both inspired by Parkanova’s own family, she says.

“I
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Actor David Earl: ‘Sex scenes? I’d rather go back to gardening’

Actor David Earl: ‘Sex scenes? I’d rather go back to gardening’
The comedian on his Sundance hit film about a homemade robot, why Ricky Gervais persuaded him to give up his day job, and being a hopeless romantic

The actor, comedian and former gardener David Earl, 48, got his breakthrough by creating standup character Brian Gittins. He’s best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais, appearing in the TV series Derek and After Life and the film Cemetery Junction. He co-hosts podcasts Chatabix and My New Football Club with Joe Wilkinson, with whom he also co-created sitcom The Cockfields. Earl co-wrote and stars in Brian and Charles, a film about a lonely inventor who builds a robot best friend, out next week.

Your film Brian and Charles won the audience award at last month’s Sundance festival in London. Was that a proud moment?

We didn’t even know there was an award, so it was lovely. I never win anything
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Nitram review – a harrowing portrait of Australia’s most deadly mass shooter

Nitram review – a harrowing portrait of Australia’s most deadly mass shooter
Based on the true story of a lone gunman who killed 35 people in Port Arthur, Tasmania, in 1996, Justin Kurzel’s drama is a complex study of a lethal misfit

At a crucial moment in this quietly harrowing drama from Justin Kurzel, director of Snowtown, Macbeth and True History of the Kelly Gang, a young man walks into a gun shop with a bag of money and walks out with an arsenal of firearms. What’s remarkable is how horrifyingly matter of fact the scene is, with its casual talk of throwing in ammo rounds and “nice” carrying bags. Yes, there’s a slightly sticky moment when the young man reveals that he doesn’t have a licence, but that’s circumvented when he agrees not to register his purchases. So the deal is done; hands are shaken, money is exchanged and lethal weapons are sent out into a world where no one is safe.
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Mickey Mouse could soon leave Disney as 95-year copyright expiry nears

Mickey Mouse could soon leave Disney as 95-year copyright expiry nears
The beloved character was created in 1928 and the cartoon is widely regarded as a pioneer in animation

As a consequence of US copyright law, entertainment giant Disney could soon lose the exclusive rights to some of the characters most responsible for the brand’s universal recognition, including the mouse that acts as its mascot.

Mickey Mouse will enter the public domain in the year 2024, almost 95 years after his creation on 1 October 1928 – the length of time after which the copyright on an anonymous or pseudo-anonymous body of artistic work expires.
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How Downton Abbey: A New Era Finally Fulfilled A Years-Long Dream For One Of Its Actors

How Downton Abbey: A New Era Finally Fulfilled A Years-Long Dream For One Of Its Actors
Costume designer Anna Robbins has been immersed in the world of "Downton Abbey" since the launch of its fifth season back in 2014, and stepped back into the role in 2019 to design costumes for the "Downton Abbey" movie. For the most recent addition to the series, and what might turn out to be its last, Robbins returned once again as the costume designer for "Downton Abbey: A New Era."

Over time working on these projects, a rapport develops between cast members and the designer. It's oftentimes a collaborative process, and with constant adjustments, changes, and fittings to...

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Brian Cox Has ‘Lot of Respect’ for Logan Roy, Says ‘Succession’ Character Is ‘Very Misunderstood’

Brian Cox Has ‘Lot of Respect’ for Logan Roy, Says ‘Succession’ Character Is ‘Very Misunderstood’
The Emmy race is heating up and, per usual, HBO’s “Succession” is poised to be a frontrunner in quite a few categories. One of the many actors in the mix for a nomination is Brian Cox, who plays family patriarch Logan Roy. But while other stars turn on the charm and watch what they say during an awards campaign, Brian Cox continues to offer provocative, declarative responses to the delight of everyone listening. In a new interview with The Times, Cox said he thinks his villainous character is “not a horrible man at all” and is, in fact, a “very misunderstood man.”

“What I love about Logan is he’s got a wicked sense of humor,” Cox said. “He knows how to get people going, and he deliberately shakes people up. He’s constantly making people wake up, even though it’s brutal in a way. I have a lot of respect for him.
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Year Of The Vampire: The Moth Diaries Puts A Teen Girl Twist On Traditional Vampire Tropes

Year Of The Vampire: The Moth Diaries Puts A Teen Girl Twist On Traditional Vampire Tropes
(Welcome to Year of the Vampire, a series examining the greatest, strangest, and sometimes overlooked vampire movies of all time in honor of "Nosferatu," which turns 100 this year.)

"The Moth Diaries" is a moody horror piece directed by Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), based on Rachel Klein's gothic novel of the same name. It was lambasted by critics for its dour atmosphere and flat narrative, with Hollywood Reporter calling it "about as scary and menacing as the harmless lepidoptera in the film's title," and Parallax View saying the film "fails to frighten, titillate or otherwise engage the imagination." 

But what's special about "The Moth Diaries" is...

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