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Box Office: ‘Minions: Rise of Gru’ Takes Off With Huge 10.8M in Previews

Box Office: ‘Minions: Rise of Gru’ Takes Off With Huge 10.8M in Previews
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Illumination and Universal’s July 4th event movie Minions: The Rise of Gru began landing in select North American theaters Thursday afternoon, grossing an excellent 10.8 million in previews from 3,350 locations.

By Friday, the family animated pic will be playing in approximately 4,400 theaters in the U.S and Canada. The movie — which saw its release delayed by more than a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic — will test the strength of the family box office just weeks after Pixar and Disney’s Lightyear failed to soar into the stratosphere.

The Rise of Gru is a sequel to 2015’s Minions, and is the fifth entry in the Despicable Me franchise, which is the top-grossing animated series in history, not adjusted for inflation.

Tracking suggests that Minions 2 will open in the 70 million to 80 million range for the four-day holiday, but the strength of previews means it could well come in higher.
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‘Magnum Pi’ Picked Up for Seasons 5 and 6 at NBC Following CBS Cancellation

‘Magnum Pi’ Picked Up for Seasons 5 and 6 at NBC Following CBS Cancellation
NBC has ordered two seasons of “Magnum P.I.” following the drama’s cancellation at CBS in May after a four-season run.

The broadcaster has ordered 20 new episodes of “Magnum P.I.,” which an option for more, and intends to break those up into Seasons 5 and 6 of the series, Variety has learned.

The reboot of the beloved 1980’s action series debuted Season 4 back in October on CBS. The show is described as a modern take on the original series centering on Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez), a decorated former Navy Seal who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.
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James Bond, Marvel Soundstage Owner Pinewood Group Posts Pandemic Turnover of 125 Million

James Bond, Marvel Soundstage Owner Pinewood Group Posts Pandemic Turnover of 125 Million
Pinewood Group, which runs Pinewood and Shepperton Studios — home to recent blockbusters including “No Time to Die,” “Black Widow” and “Cruella” — has posted a £102.9 million (125 million) turnover for the financial year ending March 31, 2022.

That’s a £6 million increase on the previous year despite the fact that for much of 2021 the Covid-19 pandemic was still having an impact via social distancing, mandatory self-isolation and lockdowns. Despite this, the U.K. has experienced a production boom since shooting started back up in July 2020 following the implementation of Covid-19 protocols.

The 60-page financial report, filed at U.K. companies registrar Companies House earlier this week, states that “The Group has operated at full capacity throughout the year,” which ran from March 2021-2022.

In terms of profit, those revenues translated into £63.6 million gross profit — up on £3.1 million the previous year — and a net profit of £31.3 million, which is slightly down from £33.7 million the previous year.
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Zawe Ashton Is Pregnant, Expecting First Baby With Fiancé Tom Hiddleston

Zawe Ashton Is Pregnant, Expecting First Baby With Fiancé Tom Hiddleston
How's this for some marvel-ous news? Loki is becoming a dad!  Tom Hiddleston is expecting his first child with fiancée Zawe Ashton, a source confirmed to Page Six after she debuted her baby bump at the June 29 premiere of Mr. Malcolm's List. Designer Sabina Bilenko, who worked with Zawe on her premiere dress, also confirmed the news on Instagram, referring to the actress as a "glowing mum-to-be." Zawe seemed to tease the news on her Instagram Story before the event, writing, "Here we go..."  The Marvels actress stepped out at the New York premiere while wearing a beige, off-the-shoulder gown. She...
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‘Money Heist: Korea’ Races to Top of Netflix Global Viewing Chart

‘Money Heist: Korea’ Races to Top of Netflix Global Viewing Chart
Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area” has become Netflix’s latest Korean-made international hit. The Korean remake of “La Casa de Papel” (aka “Money Heist”) is in first place on the streaming giant’s Global Non-English top ten chart over the last week.

The series premiered on Friday (June 24), meaning that it only had three days to claim its spot in chart that covers the period June 20-26. During that time, it was played for 33.7 million hours. The series was also the number one show in South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.

It joins other Korean shows which
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Why ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Can Succeed at the Box Office Where ‘Lightyear’ Failed

Why ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Can Succeed at the Box Office Where ‘Lightyear’ Failed
Universal/Illumination hopes that “Minions: The Rise of Gru” will keep June’s box office hot streak rolling into July. Whatever the outcome, the film’s performance will also tell studios and theaters whether the recent struggles of Disney’Pixar’s “Lightyear” are indicative of larger problems for animated family films. The fifth film in the “Despicable Me” series, which is also a prequel to the original 2010 film, is projected for an opening in the 70 million range. That’s roughly what “Lightyear” had targeted ahead of its opening weekend two weeks ago before sinking to a disappointing 50.5 million launch. There were plenty of reasons unique to “Lightyear” that might explain why the “Toy Story” spinoff failed to find the audience one would expect. But the number of animated films released in this post-shutdown theatrical market is still so low that it’s difficult to tell if there are any warning
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‘Romy and Michele’ Sequel ‘Getting Closer Than Ever’ to Happening, Mira Sorvino Announces

‘Romy and Michele’ Sequel ‘Getting Closer Than Ever’ to Happening, Mira Sorvino Announces
Romy and Michele are getting closer to that long-anticipated reunion. Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow have confirmed in separate interviews that a sequel to their 1997 cult comedy is in the early stages of development, so early that original screenwriter Robin Schiff hasn’t even finalized the idea yet. Sorvino appeared on “Today” (via EW) and teased, “We’re getting closer. Something might be in the works.”

“There’s nothing official to report, but I can unofficially hint that we’re closer than we’ve ever been to getting something to happen,” Sorvino said about a follow-up to “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”

Kudrow was interviewed on SiriusXM a few hours later and confirmed Schiff is “thinking about it and coming up with something. Isn’t that thrilling?”

Schiff created the characters of Romy and Michele for her 1988 stage play “Ladies’ Room,” which starred Kudrow. The actor was joined by
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‘Big Bang Theory’ Alum Simon Helberg Joins Natasha Lyonne, Rian Johnson Series ‘Poker Face’ at Peacock (Exclusive)

‘Big Bang Theory’ Alum Simon Helberg Joins Natasha Lyonne, Rian Johnson Series ‘Poker Face’ at Peacock (Exclusive)
Simon Helberg is the latest addition to the cast of Natasha Lyonne and Rian Johnson’s Peacock series “Poker Face,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Lyonne will star in the series, which sources say will follow a procedural format and see Lyonne’s character working to solve different murders in each episode. Further details around the plot and the characters are being kept under wraps. Helberg joins a cast that already includes people like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Benjamin Bratt, Stephanie Hsu, David Castañeda, Jameela Jamil, and Tim Meadows among many others.

Helberg is best known for playing Howard Wolowitz across 12 seasons of
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Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Claire Foy and Jamie Bell Join Andrew Haigh’s Next Movie ‘Strangers’

Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Claire Foy and Jamie Bell Join Andrew Haigh’s Next Movie ‘Strangers’
Andrew Haigh, acclaimed filmmaker behind queer festival darling “Weekend” and A24’s “Lean on Pete,” has assembled four U.K. heavyweights for his next feature film.

Fleabag” breakout star Andrew Scott, “Normal People” heartthrob Paul Mescal, “The Crown” O.G. Elizabeth II Claire Foy, and “Rocketman” actor Jamie Bell are all on deck for “Strangers” — which Haigh has adapted and will direct. Searchlight Pictures, Film4 and Blueprint Pictures are partnering on the project, loosely based on an award-winning novel by Taichi Yamada.

“Strangers” follows screenwriter Adam (Scott) who, one night in his near-empty tower block in contemporary London, has a chance encounter with his mysterious neighbor Harry (Mescal) that punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. As Adam and Harry get closer, Adam is pulled back to his childhood home where he discovers that his long-dead parents (Foy and Bell) are both living and look the same age as the
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Kim Cattrall Boards Netflix Queer Drama ‘Glamorous’

Kim Cattrall Boards Netflix Queer Drama ‘Glamorous’
Kim Cattrall will star in a Netflix drama set in the cosmetics industry.

The five-time Emmy nominee will play a makeup mogul in Glamorous, a drama centered on a young gender-nonconforming man (actor, singer-songwriter and YouTuber Miss Benny) whose life is stuck in place until he lands a job working for Cattrall’s character.

The series has also cast Zane Phillips, Jade Payton, Michael Hsu Rosen, Ayesha Harris and Graham Parkhurst as regulars. Diana Maria Riva, Lisa Gilroy and Mark Deklin will have guest roles.

Cattrall’s Madolyn Addison is a veteran from the Golden Age of supermodels who founded the prestigious boutique beauty line that carries her name. Intent on shaking up her business, she sees an opportunity in Marco Mejia (Miss Benny), taking him from the makeup counter to a seat at the table.

Phillips (Fire Island) plays Madolyn’s son Chad,
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‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ Hits No. 1 on Amazon Prime Video, Taylor Swift Songs Re-Enter Top 40 Chart Three Years After Release (Exclusive)

‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ Hits No. 1 on Amazon Prime Video, Taylor Swift Songs Re-Enter Top 40 Chart Three Years After Release (Exclusive)
The Summer I Turned Pretty,” based on Jenny Han’s novel, became the No. 1 show on Amazon Prime Video in its premiere weekend following its June 17 release.

Following the series’ debut, all three “The Summer I Turned Pretty” books shot into the top three spots on the Amazon Best Sellers list, with book two, “It’s Not Summer Without You,” at No. 1.

The artists whose music is used in the show have also seen an increase in streams, sales and followers, with some experiencing up to a 6,000 increase in song sales.

Taylor Swift’s “Lover” album — songs “Cruel Summer,” “False
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James Corden Refuses to Call Peter Doocy by Correct Name While ‘Filling In’ as White House Press Secretary (Video)

James Corden Refuses to Call Peter Doocy by Correct Name While ‘Filling In’ as White House Press Secretary (Video)
While visiting President Joe Biden on Thursday’s episode of “The Late Late Show,” James Corden tried his hand at being the White House press secretary. It was about as chaotic as you’d expect. During his “briefing,” the host outright refused to call Fox News’ Peter Doocy by the correct name.

The bit featured Corden working for a day in the White House, filling in for important staff positions like food service workers and Biden’s personal assistant. He soon made his way to Jen Psaki’s office – Psaki was still working as Biden’s press secretary at the time of filming – saying he had a “hunch” that her job was “just a walk in the park.”

So, after a quick training for the job – along with a list of talking points and the official messaging attached to them – Corden took the podium to face off against a series of regular media figures.
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How Long Is ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Volume 2?

How Long Is ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Volume 2?
The ending of “Stranger Things 4” is upon us.

With episodes eight and nine, the epic-length fourth season of Netflix’s most beloved series, which began back in May, finally comes to a close. Can Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder) make it out of that horrible Russian prison alive? Will Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) get out of that underground lab? What’s the deal with Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) and his evil plot? And, most importantly, will Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Steve (Joe Keery) finally make out?

Well, you’re about to find out.

But a question remains: how long are these new episodes, exactly? Episode 8, “Papa,” runs an hour and 25 minutes, which is relatively svelte compared to the season finale, “The Piggyback,” which runs a whopping two hours and 30 minutes. So “Stranger Things 4,” part two, runs almost four hours total. Plan your snack preparation and bathroom breaks accordingly.
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Chelsea Handler Suggests the Secret to Fixing the US Is to ‘End Male Suffrage’ (Video)

Chelsea Handler Suggests the Secret to Fixing the US Is to ‘End Male Suffrage’ (Video)
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, comedian Chelsea Handler is suggesting a new amendment to the constitution that will “end male suffrage.” While guest hosting ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday, Handler joked that 1919’s 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States, was only half the battle. One century later, and there’s one more step she wants to see taken: a 28th amendment that would remove men’s right to vote.

“Voting is a huge responsibility, and over the years, most men have demonstrated time and time again that they lack the judgment necessary to not f— that up – so let’s turn things over to the ladies,” Handler said. “If we endorse the 28th Amendment, maybe we can get America back to not sucking so hard.”

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NBCUniversal to Shutter Olympic Channel in Shift to Streaming

NBC Sports will be winding down the Olympic Channel, which is home to Team USA, on September 30, an NBC Sports spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap.

“In order to best reach our target audiences, we are reevaluating our programming distribution strategy regarding the content that currently airs on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA with our partners at the Ioc and Usopc,” NBCU said in a statement. “We will be announcing our exciting new plans for Olympic content in the fall.”

The move to shutter its Olympic Channel comes after the company sunset Nbcsn, a long running sports cable destination, to close out 2021. Live sporting events remain one of the last consistent audience draws across television, even as viewers increasingly trade linear pay-tv for direct-to-consumer options.

Given the importance of sports broadcast and streaming rights, companies are consolidating must-see events like the Olympics onto platforms deemed most vital, such as primary broadcast
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NBCUniversal to Shut Down Olympic Channel Later This Year

NBCUniversal to Shut Down Olympic Channel Later This Year
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NBCUniversal is shutting down another sports cable channel.

The company said Friday that it will shut down its Olympic Channel on Sept. 30. The company had previously shut down its Nbcsn sports network at the end of last year.

A spokesperson for NBC Sports says that the company will figure out where the Olympic Channel’s sports content will live once the channel shuts down.

“In order to best reach our target audiences, we are reevaluating our programming distribution strategy regarding the content that currently airs on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA with our partners at the Ioc and Usopc,” the spokesperson said. “We will be announcing our exciting new plans for Olympic content in the fall.”

In the case of Nbsn, NBCUniversal shifted some of its live events to USA Network, and the rest to the company’s Peacock streaming service.

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Box Office: ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Opens to 10.75 Million in Thursday Previews

Box Office: ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Opens to 10.75 Million in Thursday Previews
Minions: The Rise of Gru,” the latest animated entry in the family-friend “Despicable Me” franchise, opened to 10.75 million in Thursday previews from 3,350 theaters in North America. It will expand to 4,391 theaters on Friday.

Heading into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” is expected to gross between 65 million and 75 million in its extra-long opening. Those current projections forecast that the fifth entry in the animated franchise is on track for the lowest opening since the original “Despicable Me” picked up 56 million back in 2010. However, the first movie grew on positive word-of-mouth reactions to become a hit with families and end with 543 million worldwide.

Steve Carell’s lovable supervillain Gru and his horde of yellow minions have been box-office stars since their debut. “Despicable Me 2” opened with 84 million in 2013 and went on to earn 970 million worldwide, while “Despicable Me 3” hit 1 billion from a 72.4 million start in 2017. However,
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Stephen Colbert Rips Putin and G7 Leaders Over Bizarre Comments About Nudity and Shirtless Horse Rides (Video)

Stephen Colbert Rips Putin and G7 Leaders Over Bizarre Comments About Nudity and Shirtless Horse Rides (Video)
The G7 summit has produced plenty of headlines, including those member countries’ commitment to support Ukraine, new sanctions against Russia and climate change discussions, but it was something else that piqued Stephen Colbert’s interest and made it into his “The Late Show” monologue on Thursday night — the weird banter about nude or shirtless world leaders.

Leaders like Britain’s Boris Johnson and Canada’s Justin Trudeau have made some odd remarks that thanks to the world’s media have attracted the attention of and responses from Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and Colbert knew this made it perfectly ripe for jokes.

“British Prime Minister Boris Johnson jested that G7 leaders could take their clothes off to show that ‘We’re tougher than Putin,’” Colbert recounted to his audience, setting up his first in a string of jokes on the topic.

“Oh my God, Boris. Stop trying to start parties,” Colbert
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NBCUniversal to Shut Down Olympic Channel As Sports Migrate to Streaming

NBCUniversal to Shut Down Olympic Channel As Sports Migrate to Streaming
A second NBCUniversal sports cable outlet is getting ready to finish its game.

NBCUniversal has notified cable and satellite operators that it intends to shut down its Olympic Channel, devoted largely to content associated with U.S. Olympic athletes, on September 30, according to a company spokesperson. The decision follows the company’s scuttling of Nbcsn, the company’s longtime sports outlet on cable, at the end of 2021.

“In order to best reach our target audiences, we are reevaluating our programming distribution strategy regarding the content that currently airs on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA with our partners at the Ioc and Usopc,
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A Drive-Through Window Revelation and Pitching the CEO at a Buffet: How MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Cooked Up NBC’s Ukraine Fundraiser

A Drive-Through Window Revelation and Pitching the CEO at a Buffet: How MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Cooked Up NBC’s Ukraine Fundraiser
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On Sunday, July 3, NBC will air a primetime special hoping to raise money to benefit victims of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

The special, Ukraine: Answering the Call, will run on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC at 7 pm Sunday, with guest appearances scheduled from Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Sheryl Crow, Jon Batiste, Alicia Keys, Simu Liu and others. Ben Stiller, who was recently in Ukraine, will make an appearance. Ukraine’s president Zelensky will also appear.

But what viewers at home may not realize is that the special was cooked up by MSNBC Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace while in line at a Chick-fil-a drive-through. Wallace serves as an executive producer on the special.

Wallace had been covering the invasion on her show every day, and she had developed sources in the country, including Igor Novikov, a former aide to Zelensky, who had
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