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Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Eyes Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019

Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Eyes Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019
Universal’s “Good Boys” is surpassing expectations as it heads toward an estimated $20.8 million opening weekend at the domestic box office following $8.3 million in Friday ticket sales.

That’s well above earlier estimates which placed the film in the $12 million to $15 million range, marking the first R-rated comedy to open at No. 1 since Universal’s “The Boss” in 2016. And if estimates hold, the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-produced pic could score the best original comedy opening of 2019.

Gene Stupnitsky is making his feature directorial debut with the film, which follows three 12-year-old boys on a quest for some smooch experience after getting invited to their first kissing party. Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay and Keith L. Williams star.

Universal also took second place at the box office with “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” which took in $3.8 million for an estimated $13.5 million third weekend. The Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham
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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ to Pass $1.1 Billion Global Gross, Becomes Sony’s Top Box Office Hit

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ to Pass $1.1 Billion Global Gross, Becomes Sony’s Top Box Office Hit
While “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has fallen out of the Top 10 on the domestic box office charts, it is still a big weekend for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, as it will pass the 2012 James Bond movie “Skyfall” as Sony Pictures’ highest grossing film in studio history with over $1.1 billion grossed.

Released two months after “Avengers: Endgame” ended the McU as fans knew it, “Far From Home” served as a palette cleanser and a taste of what Marvel Studios had in store for the next phase of the story. And moviegoers worldwide were ready for more Marvel, as the film earned $111 million from China, Japan and Hong Kong in late June before opening in the U.S. ahead of the 4th of July holiday and earning a $185 million six-day launch. That included a Tuesday box office record $39.3 million, as well as a $25.7 million July 4 total that ranked second-highest on the
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Richard Williams, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Animator, Dies at 86

Richard Williams, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Animator, Dies at 86
Renowned animator Richard Williams, best known for his work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” died Friday at his home in Bristol, England, Variety has confirmed. He was 86.

Williams was a distinguished animator, director, producer, author and teacher whose work has garnered three Oscars and three BAFTA Awards. In addition to his groundbreaking work as the animation director of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Williams also animated the title sequences for the “Pink Panther” franchise and received critical acclaim for his first film “The Little Island” in 1958 and his animated adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” in 1971, for which he won his first Oscar.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” is widely regarded as a turning point in the animation field, earning Williams an Oscar for Best Visual Effects and Special Achievement. The addition of cartoon characters to live action footage was seamless, taking fourteen months of post-production and incorporating more than 100 animated elements into some scenes.
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George R.R. Martin Says HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Ending Won’t Influence Future Novels

George R.R. Martin Says HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Ending Won’t Influence Future Novels
Geroge R.R. Martin is sticking to his original plan when it comes to the future of “Game of Thrones.”

In an interview with The Observer, Martin claimed that HBO’s controversial ending for the series would have no affect on the endings of the last two novels. “No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t change anything at all,” he said. “You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself.”

Although Martin refrained from giving his stance on the online vitriol surrounding the series’ finale, Martin did vaguely address some of the fan theories at the heart of the conversation.
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Samuel Gelfman, Producer of Roger Corman Films in the 1970s, Dies at 88

Samuel Gelfman, Producer of Roger Corman Films in the 1970s, Dies at 88
Samuel Gelfman, who produced the low-budget films Caged Heat, Cockfighter and Cannonball! for Roger Corman's New World Pictures in the 1970s, has died. He was 88.

Gelfman died Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from heart and respiratory disease, his son Peter Gelfman, a New York-based property master, told The Hollywood Reporter.

After serving as a vice president at United Artists and a film buyer for one of the first videocassette companies, Cartrivision, Gelfman joined ranks with Corman and produced Jonathan Demme's directorial debut, Caged Heat (1974), about women in prison; Cockfighter (1974), helmed by Monte Hellman and ...
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‘Love, Simon’ TV Series For Disney+ Announces Lead Role

‘Love, Simon’ TV Series For Disney+ Announces Lead Role
It was previously revealed that the upcoming Disney streaming service Disney+ would be adapting Love, Simon into a new TV series. Now, as the show begins production, the lead role has been revealed, along with some new story details. Michael Cimino will star in the show, which […]

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‘Balloon,’ ‘The Orphan’ and ‘Sister’ Win Oscar-Qualifying Awards at HollyShorts Film Festival

‘Balloon,’ ‘The Orphan’ and ‘Sister’ Win Oscar-Qualifying Awards at HollyShorts Film Festival
Jeremy Merrifield’s “Balloon,” Carolina Markowicz’s “The Orphan” and Siqi Song’s “Sister” have won the top awards at the 2019 HollyShorts Film Festival, which handed out its awards on Saturday Night at the Harmony Gold in Hollywood.

Those three films won in categories that automatically qualify a short for the Best Animated Short or Best Live-Action Short categories at this year’s Academy Awards.

Balloon” stars Jonah Beres and Paul Scheer in the story of a high schooler who discovers he has super powers. The film, made at the American Film Institute, is also a finalist at the 2019 Student Academy Awards.

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“The Orphan” is based on true stories and deals with a teen orphan given up by his adoptive parents for being too effeminate.

“Sister,” which is also a finalist in TheWrap’s ShortList Film Festival,
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Disney Plans Ufc Broadcast for FX

Ufc matches will return to FX – but not on a permanent basis.

ESPN has been showing preliminary bouts to Ufc pay-per-view events for the last while on ESPN and ESPN2, and then showing the main card on its ESPN+ subscription video service. In September, the early lineup will air on FX, which the Ufc once called home.

“Ufc 242,” the September 14 event, takes place from Dubai, which means the live window for U.S. viewers is significantly earlier than normal – noon to 2 p.m. eastern. ESPN and ESPN2 can’t broadcast the preliminary card, because they have a large schedule of college-football games to air.
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‘Out Stealing Horses’ Tops Norway’s 2019 Amanda Awards

‘Out Stealing Horses’ Tops Norway’s 2019 Amanda Awards
Haugesund, Norway — Hans Petter Moland’s sweeping literary adaptation “Out Stealing Horses” put in a dominant showing at Norway’s Amanda Awards on Saturday night, placing first with a collected five awards, including best Norwegian film.

Celebrating its 35th edition this year, the Norwegian industry’s top film prize helped kick off the Haugesund Film Festival and was broadcast live on national TV.

Moland’s generation-spanning outdoor drama very quickly took the lead at Saturday night’s ceremony, collecting additional awards for cinematography (Rasmus Videbæk), original music (Kaspar Kaae), best supporting actor (Bjørn Floberg), and best director.

The film premiered to strong notices at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where cinematographer Rasmus Videbæk won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution. In his Berlinale review, Variety critic Guy Lodge called the Amanda winner a “loving adaptation” and credited the film’s “lush visual storytelling against its characters’ desolate interiors.
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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Blooper Reel: Moira Messes Up Her Commercial and David Has Mannequin Trouble (Video)

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Pop TV comedy “Schitt’s Creek” finally received Emmy love this year, but not for these scenes.

The Dan and Eugene Levy-created comedy dropped the “mega-blooper-reel you’ve all been waiting for” on its Twitter account Friday. The four-minute clip shows Moira Rose (Catherine O’Hara) mess up — multiple times — that iconic Herb Ertlinger fruit wine commercial; Alexis (Annie Murphy) can’t figure out if it’s “title” track or “top” track; and David (played by series co-creator Dan Levy) has some awkward issues with a mannequin.

Watch the video below.

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Schitt's Creek (@SchittsCreek) August 16, 2019

O’Hara and star Eugene Levy each drew an Emmy nomination for their performance as the Rose family patriarchs. “Schitt
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Listen: ‘Pennyworth’ Executive Producer Talks Delving into Alfred’s Backstory

Listen: ‘Pennyworth’ Executive Producer Talks Delving into Alfred’s Backstory
Bruno Heller may have served as an executive producer on the Batman-inspired series “Gotham” for the past five years, but it’s actually real-life people (not superheroes) that intrigue the producer the most. It’s for that exact reason that Heller’s newest series finds him exploring the origin stories of Batman’s butler Alfred in the Epix drama “Pennyworth.”

“From a personal point of view, the only DC characters I’m really interested in are the real people — and there’s not many of them,” Heller told Variety‘s TV Take, when asked why he decided to focus on
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Kip Addotta, Comedian Who Appeared on ‘The Tonight Show,’ Dies at 75

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Kip Addotta, a comedian who frequently appeared on “The Tonight Show” has died, his family announced. He was 75.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Kip Addotta earlier this week. Thank you to all of his friends and fans who have supported him throughout his life and career. His wit will be missed but his writings will live forever,” his family wrote on his Facebook page.

No cause of death was given.

Also Read: Richard Williams, Animator and Roger Rabbit Creator, Dies at 86

Along with “The Tonight Show,” Addotta also appeared on “Midnight Special,” “Don Kirshnir’s Rock Concert” and the syndicated “Make Me Laugh.” He hosted the game show “Everything Goes” on the Playboy Channel.

His credits as an actor include HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show” and the films “Bound for Glory” and “For da Love of Money.”

Addotta was also featured on the Dr.
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Nancy Parker, Fox 8 News Reporter, Dies in Plane Crash at 53

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Nancy Parker, an anchor with the Wvue Fox 8 News in New Orleans, died in a small plane crash Friday, the station reported. She was 53.

Parker, who was with Fox 8 for 23 years, was shooting a story in a stunt plane when it went down just after 3 p.m. in a field about a half-mile south of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

The trained acrobatic pilot of the 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft, Franklin Augustus, was also killed.

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“Nancy was absolutely a joy to work with each and every day,” Fox 8 vice president and general manager Tim Ingram said. “Today we lost a wonderful journalist and remarkable friend, the New Orleans television community lost a true treasure, but beyond that, her family lost a wife, a mother and daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
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Disney+: All the Original TV Shows and Movies Set for Upcoming Streaming Platform (Photos)

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In case you haven’t heard, Disney is preparing the launch of Disney+, its own streaming competitor to challenge Netflix and Amazon. The upcoming platform will be available beginning Nov. 12 for $6.99 a month (or as part of a $12.99 bundle with Hulu and ESPN+).

Along with housing its own vast library of content, Disney+ will feature original productions from “Star Wars,” Marvel Studios, Pixar and Disney’s own studio. Ahead of next week’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, here’s every original TV show and film in the works for the upcoming streaming platform. (Note: Year One means within the first year of Disney+’s launch.)

Lady and the Tramp” (Film) — Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux voice Lady and Tramp, respectively, in this live-action version of the 1955 animated classic. Kiersey Clemons (Darling), Thomas Mann (Jim Dear), Janelle Monae (voice of Peg), Yvette Nicole Brown (Aunt Sarah) and Sam Elliott (voice of Trusty) also star.
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Does ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
It’s been 18 years since “The Fast and the Furious” launched a franchise that would eventually become a worldwide juggernaut, and now the “Fast and Furious” series is taking another step into the bigtime with “Hobbs & Shaw,” its first spinoff film.

The films that make up the “Fast and Furious” franchise have generally not rolled with the standard franchise behavior of tossing in mid- or post-credits scenes that tease future installments. Out of the eight movies prior to “Hobbs & Shaw,” only three have included any kind of bonus scene during or after the credits.

The most notable example related to “Hobbs & Shaw” came when Jason Statham’s character, Deckard Shaw, made his first appearance in the mid-credits scene on “Fast & Furious 6,” when it revealed that he was actually responsible for Han’s death in “Tokyo Drift.” There was also that bonus scene on “Fast Five” that revealed that
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Justice Department Sides With Led Zeppelin in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Legal Battle

The Trump administration weighed in on the legal battle over “Stairway to Heaven” this week, with the Department of Justice siding with Led Zeppelin in their copyright dispute with the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy (California) Wolfe.

Although an appeal of the lawsuit against Led Zeppelin is still ongoing, the Justice Department filed an amicus this week in support of previous judge’s ruling that stated that the copyrights of musical compositions prior to 1972 were only protected as sheet music; in 1972, Congress changed the law to protect sound recordings,
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Here’s Why Black Widow Didn’t Get a Memorial at the End of ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Here’s Why Black Widow Didn’t Get a Memorial at the End of ‘Avengers: Endgame’
(Major spoilers ahead for “Avengers: Endgame” and the whole situation with Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, but you probably already knew that given the headline)

Avengers: Endgame” has more than a few odd and confusing moments — it’s just gonna happen when you have to cram this much story into a single movie. But maybe the oddest and most confusing part comes at the end, when the film falls all over itself to provide dedications for Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans) while only barely acknowledging that Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) died earlier in this movie.

Which is unfortunate because Natasha’s sacrifice was just as important as Tony’s.

If Black Widow hadn’t killed herself on Vormir so that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) could return to the present with the Soul Stone, then they wouldn’t have been able to save all those people Thanos snapped,
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‘Instinct’ Canceled After Two Seasons

‘Instinct’ Canceled After Two Seasons
CBS has canceled “Instinct” after two seasons.

Series creator Michael Rauch announced the cancellation Friday on Twitter, writing, “I’m very sad to relay the news that @instinctcbs won’t be renewed for a 3rd season. We will double up this Sunday and our season/series finale will be Aug 25.”

Rauch also thanked series stars Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic for “making Dylan & Lizzie more everything than I could have ever hoped.”

“Thanks to our incredible crew, cast, writers, producers & all who helped make our show, with respect, talent & kindness,” he added. “And a giant thank you to our diehard fans for your love,
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‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: Is the Situation With Bill Tench’s Son Based on a True Story?

‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: Is the Situation With Bill Tench’s Son Based on a True Story?
(Some major spoilers ahead for season 2 of “Mindhunter” on Netflix)

The first season of “Mindhunter” honed in firmly on the personal life of Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), focusing on the rise and fall of his relationship with Debbie (Hannah Gross) over the course of the first few years of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Season 2, by contrast, spends much more time examining the personal lives of Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), with Holden moving into the background a bit after being the clear main lead last time around.

For Bill, his personal story revolves around an incident with his son, Brian (Zachary Scott Ross), which threatens to tear the Tench family to pieces. Early in the season, the corpse of a toddler is found in a house that is being sold by Bill’s wife Nancy (Stacey Roca), who has started working as a realtor.
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‘Instinct’ Canceled After 2 Seasons by CBS

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CBS has canceled “Instinct” after two seasons.

Series creator Michael Rauch broke the news on his Twitter account Saturday morning.

“I’m very sad to relay the news that @instinctcbs won’t be renewed for a 3rd season. We will double up this Sunday and our season/series finale will be Aug 25. Endless thanks to @Alancumming & @bojnovak for making Dylan & Lizzie more everything than I could have ever hoped & thanks to our incredible crew, cast, writers, producers & all who helped make our show, with respect, talent & kindness. And a giant thank you to our diehard fans for your love, loyalty & excellent taste (is it too soon to ask for a reboot?) @TVdub

@SirWilliamHowe.”

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The series will air back-to-back episodes on Sunday, with its finale slated on Sunday, Aug. 25.

“Instinct” stars Alan Cumming as Dylan Reinhart, a former
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