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Pixar to the Rescue! ‘Incredibles 2’ Sets Records, and Revives Hope for the Summer Box Office

With an $180 million opening weekend, Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” set indisputable opening records. Perhaps even better: it countered any fears stoked by “Solo: A Star Wars Story” that no franchise was safe.

A $125 million opening for “Incredibles 2” would have been excellent. It’s been more than decade later since the original, which grossed less than “Finding Nemo.” However, this sequel opened close to 20 percent better than the record-breaking sequel “Finding Dory.” It also bested the even-bigger openings for the second and third “Shrek” films.

We don’t see many films that qualify as “best evers,” but “Incredibles 2” is one of them.

It is the second-biggest June opening ever, falling about $50 million short of “Jurassic World.” Among PG-rated films, it is just behind last year’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” — which it could best when Sunday totals are more than estimates.

The gross looks even better when compared to other recent Pixar releases.
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A nice cup of tea and a murder by Jennie Kermode

Getting down to business in The Book Club Photo: Redshirt Films

What would happen if a quiet little village in Yorkshire managed to secede from the rest of the UK and made murder legal? That's the question behind Jamie McKeller's current project, The Book Club. He's currently crowdfunding for the film but intends to make it no matter what happens, and has star Andrew Lee Potts already attached. We caught up with him to find out more about this tale of cups of tea, buttered scones and homicide.

Pinpointing where ideas come from is tricky, he says; this is one that developed over time. "It actually evolved from an old romantic comedy we'd written which we were thinking of making into a web series. It was originally about a community of swingers where everybody was very free and easy and then we thought, why not make it about a
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Back This! – Fun House / The Book Club

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting two Very different projects…

Bring Back Fun House

Fun House mega-fan Glen Middleham and a group of his friends and colleagues need your help to launch a live event version of the classic TV show in London. They have been working with the original Fun House creative team to design a truly authentic experience, planned to include many of the games you used to adore as a child. In teams of 6 Reds vs 6 Yellows, you’ll be able to play wacky games, race the Fun Karts, tackle the vast ball pool and take on the gigantic Fun House itself in an experience which is planned to last 1h 45mins.
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Who Does Michael Jordan Want as the Star of Space Jam 2?

Who Does Michael Jordan Want as the Star of Space Jam 2?
After more than two years of rumors, Warner Bros. finally confirmed in May that Space Jam 2 is happening with current NBA superstar LeBron James and Star Trek Beyond filmmaker Justin Lin entering talks to direct. While we don't know when exactly the movie will hit theaters, or even when production will start, Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) and Alfredo Botello (Hollywood Adventures) have come aboard to write the script, which Justin Lin is helping to develop. Today we have word from original Space Jam star and NBA legend Michael Jordan, about who he'd like to see star in this sequel. And guess what? It's not LeBron James!

Space Jam centered on NBA legend Michael Jordan as himself, teaming up with several Looney Tunes characters to defeat a team of aliens in a game of basketball, with the future of the human race on the line. Other NBA stars who appeared
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Trailer: Justin Lin's Hollywood Adventures Primed For Fast & Furious Business, In China At Least

Justin Lin, the Taiwan-born director of Fast & Furious instalments 3 through 6, has been hard at work steering his Chinese language debut - the Us-set, star-studded action comedy Hollywood Adventures to the screen. Lin writes and produces the film, which stars Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei and Vicky Zhao Wei, as well as F&F's Sung Kang, and a host of cameos from the likes of Missi Pyle and Stephen Tobolowsky. In the director's chair is Timothy Kendall, whose prominent credits appear to be directing episodes of TV shows like The Book Club and Dick Fowler, Pi. The plot centres around Yu Ming (Huang), who heads to Los Angeles to propose to his girlfriend (Sarah Li). Along the way he inadvertently teams up with another Chinese tourist...

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'Community' cast's Yuletide traditions: Movies, peppermint bark and skinning the Christmas possum

NBC has decided that its comedy "Community" -- about a study group composed of adult misfits in an equally off-kilter community college -- won't return to the airwaves until Feb. 7. Each year, the show films special Halloween and Christmas-themed episodes, which now won't be seen until midwinter or even spring.

But, in the meantime, the denizens of Greendale take a break on the show's sets at Paramount Studios in Hollywood to share their personal holiday traditions and/or favorite foods.

Jim Rash (Dean Pelton; also a voice talent in the animated "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated"; Academy Award winner for co-writing the screenplay for the George Clooney movie "The Descendants"): "We used to make gingerbread houses (growing up in North Carolina). It's a sugar nightmare. I remember doing it with a bunch of kids in the neighborhood, like Easter eggs."

As to what might happen if he made one for the "Community" cast,
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What to Watch: 5 Web Series Worth Checking Out

What to Watch: 5 Web Series Worth Checking Out
A dancin’, advice-spewing Kid President serves as a timely antidote to the current negative political climate, the adorkable Book Club crew concludes their first season with a Karate Kid-inspired episode, and Ira Glass (This American Life) has a hidden talent that combines balloon art and haircuts.

Ask a Grown Man | There are few things more enjoyable than watching (and listening to) Glass teach a group of young girls how to create a Snoopy balloon while dispensing advice about haircuts.

Kid President | Mr. Prez exuberantly offers a simple tip on how to improve the world: Treat everyone like it’s their birthday.
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Danny Pudi on 'Community' Season 4 Without Dan Harmon

Danny Pudi on 'Community' Season 4 Without Dan Harmon
Though NBC's "Community" had a tumultuous summer, culminating in creator Dan Harmon's high-profile exit and the introduction of two new showrunners (David Guarascio and Moses Port), we would hate to see backstage drama destroy one of the most original, inventive and outlandish comedies on TV today.

When HuffPost TV spoke to the cast at Comic-Con, they had yet to begin filming, so it was hard to gauge how much impact the creative switch would have on the show as a whole. Now, "Community" is a few episodes into filming its new season and Danny Pudi spoke with HuffPost TV about the direction of the show and how he's feeling about Season 4 as a whole. Thankfully, after speaking to Pudi -- who was refreshingly candid and as hilarious as ever -- there's reason to be optimistic about what the new season has in store and about the cast being as
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