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'Good Boys' Gives Universal Its Third Straight Weekend #1

'Good Boys' Gives Universal Its Third Straight Weekend #1
Universal scored a strong performance this weekend from their new R-rated comedy Good Boys, which out performed expectations and took the top spot at the weekend box office. The studio also scored a second place finish with Hobbs & Shaw over a weekend that saw yet another five new wide releases hit theaters. However, outside of Good Boys, the weekend's four other newcomers mostly struggled over the weekend, which includes WB's Blinded by the Light narrowly finding its way into the top ten while Uar's Where'd You Go, Bernadette fell short. With an estimated $21 million, Universal's Good Boys finished atop the weekend box office. Doing so with not only a strong critical reception heading into the weekend, but audiences liked what they saw, with the film receiving an 89% audience score at RottenTomatoes and a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The film played to a crowd that was 52% male
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Kevin Smith Announces Anime ‘He-Man’ Series for Netflix

Kevin Smith Announces Anime ‘He-Man’ Series for Netflix
Kevin Smith surprised audiences at Sunday’s annual Power-Con convention by announcing a new anime “He-Man” series for Netflix.

The new series, titled “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” will take place in the Mattel toy inspired world and will focus on some of the unresolved storylines of the classic ‘80s show. Smith will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” Smith said. “In ‘Revelation,’ we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell
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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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Box Office: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Pulls Ahead of ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Overseas

Box Office: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Pulls Ahead of ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Overseas
Sony’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” might not have hit No. 1 in North America, but Quentin Tarantino’s latest film is leading the way at the international box office, where it collected $53.7 million from 46 markets.

That marks the best foreign opening of Tarantino’s career, coming in ahead of 2012’s “Django Unchained.” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” debuted in a handful of international territories, including Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, before this weekend’s larger release. In a win for original content, the movie has now earned $66 million overseas and $180.5 million globally. The studio spent $90 million to produce the film.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” had the strongest showing in the United Kingdom with a five-day launch of $8.9 million, followed by France with $6.9 million, Germany with $5.6 million, and Australia with $4.4 million. In Russia, where it bowed two weeks ago, the film has made $13 million. It has yet to launch in Mexico,
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Costa-Gavras to Receive San Sebastian Career Achievement Donostia Award

Costa-Gavras to Receive San Sebastian Career Achievement Donostia Award
Costa-Gavras, the Greek-born France-based director of some of the most famed movies of political cinema, from 1969’s “Z” to 1981’s “Missing,” will receive a career achievement Donostia Award at this September’s 67th San Sebastian Film Festival.

More to come.

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China Box Office: New Animations No Match For ‘Nezha’ Domination

Chinese animation “Nezha” continued its run as China’s biggest hit of the summer, maintaining its top spot at the box office even 25 days into its run with a weekend gross of $41.2 million. The tally made it this weekend’s fourth highest grossing film worldwide.

Meanwhile, two other new animated titles performed unremarkably. The flop of Tencent spinoff company China Literature Media’s new animation “The King’s Avatar: For the Glory” on its debut made it clear that just trotting out any old locally-made cartoon based on a well-known IP isn’t enough to spark “Nezha”-style box office domination. It grossed just $9.3 million, according to data from the Artisan Gateway consultancy, despite being an adaptation of a very popular online novel about an professional e-sports player that has top ratings for fan engagement. This made it fifth at the China box office and fourteenth globally.

Rovio Entertainment’s
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BBC Orders Steven Knight Drama Series ‘Sas: Rogue Heroes’

The BBC has ordered “Sas: Rogue Heroes,” which is being adapted by “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight, Oscar nominated for “Dirty Pretty Things,” from Ben Macintyre’s book. The drama series will tell the story of how the British special forces unit, the Sas, came to be formed.

The series is being produced by Kudos, whose credits include “Broadchurch” and “Humans,” and will be distributed globally by Endemol Shine Intl.

The show will explore the thinking that led to the creation of a new form of combat in the deserts of North Africa during World War II. The BBC
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‘Knives Out’ for London Film Festival as Rian Johnson Film Lands Gala Slot

‘Knives Out’ for London Film Festival as Rian Johnson Film Lands Gala Slot
Knives Out,” starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Colette, has been unveiled as the London Film Festival’s Gala movie. Rian Johnson’s whodunit, which also stars Ana De Armas, Katherine Langford and Christopher Plummer, will screen as the fest’s centerpiece American Express Gala film on Oct. 8.

The prestigious slot was taken by “The Favourite” last year. Johnson (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) and cast are expected to be in London for “Knives Out’s” European premiere.

The movie comes from Lionsgate and Mrc, and pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie. Everyone is a suspect after crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) is found dead. Debonair detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) is enlisted to investigate, sifting through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth.

“I’m thrilled to be screening ‘Knives Out’ at the BFI London Film Festival,” Johnson said. “This
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Rian Johnson's 'Knives Out' Added to London Film Festival

Rian Johnson's 'Knives Out' Added to London Film Festival
The London Film Festival has added another all-star ensemble title to its lineup.

Rian Johnson's modern take on the whoduunit, Knives Out, starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Katherine Langford and Christopher Plummer, is set to have its European premiere at the event on Oct. 8, organizers announced Monday.

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts ...
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Gamescom: What to Watch for at Europe's Big Gaming Convention

The L.A.-based E3 Expo attracts more press attention, but for the wider gaming world, Gamescom, the electronic entertainment fair that runs Aug. 20-Aug. 24 in Cologne, Germany, is as big, if not a bigger, deal.

While E3 is all about the biggest new Aaa game announcements, the German fair is more consumer-oriented, with a game play and upcoming releases in focus. Some 430,000 fans are expected to jam-pack the Cologne convention center for the 4-day event.

“It is simply massive in scale and because it's in late August, just before all the holiday games come ...
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Remembering Peter Fonda (1940-2019)

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Remembering Peter Fonda (1940-2019)
Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda who made his own name as a writer and star of the 1969 counter-culture classic Easy Rider and later earned a best actor Oscar nom for 1997's Ulee's Gold, died of lung cancer on Aug. 16 at the age of 79. By clicking below, you can hear Fonda discuss his unusual life and colorful career over the course of an hourlong conversation with The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg at the TCM Classic Film Festival on March 27, 2015, a few months before the establishment of the 'Awards Chatter' podcast.

Past guests include ...
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With ‘Good Boys,’ Universal Keeps Beating Box Office Slump for Comedy

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With ‘Good Boys,’ Universal Keeps Beating Box Office Slump for Comedy
Good Boys” was quite a surprise for box office analysts this weekend. Riding off of strong reviews and audience word of mouth, Universal’s raunchy comedy about a group of sixth graders wading into the world of girls and hormones has earned a $21 million opening this weekend, nearly double the $11 million opening set by independent projections prior to release.

“It seems that Universal has cracked the comedy code and thus has been somewhat immune to the movie comedy curse by releasing a steady lineup of original and appealing comedies that have bucked the trend of audience indifference,” comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian told TheWrap.

It’s a win for comedy movies at a time when such success is becoming increasingly rare for the genre. But while other studios have contributed those occasional hits in the last three years — Warner Bros.’ “Game Night” and Lionsgate’s “Madea” series come to mind — the
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‘It Was One Problem After Another’: How Woodstock 50 Turned Into a Disaster

A month before Woodstock 50 was announced, the festival was already in deep trouble. Last December, Michael Lang, the co-founder of the original 1969 event who had become its bemused-hippie symbol in subsequent decades, was in talks with an upstate New York racetrack for a fest that would mark the anniversary of the historic, if chaotic, cultural milestone he had overseen. The new festival would take place August 16th – 18th, 2019, almost exactly 50 years after the original Woodstock.

Lang had begun negotiations with the international media company Dentsu Aegis to finance the event,
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What Is ‘Mindhunter’ Trying to Do With These Btk Killer Vignettes?

(Some spoilers ahead for season 2 of Netflix’s “Mindhunter”)

One of the most intriguing bits of the first season of “Mindhunter” was a series of vignettes about Dennis Rader (Sonny Valicenti), the Btk murderer, sort of chronicling his life in parallel to the development of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit even though none of the main characters were investigating him. In season 2 that changed a bit, as Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) travels to Kansas in the second episode to look into those murders.

The highlight of that visit was Bill’s early morning chat with the only known survivor of a Btk attack, Kevin Bright — whose sister was killed in the same attack. And then Bill heads home to Virginia without making any real progress beyond collecting info for the Bsu’s profiles of serial killers. They talk about Btk occasionally through the rest of the season, but Bill never resumes that investigation.
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Kevin Smith Announces New ‘Masters of the Universe’ Netflix Limited Series

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Kevin Smith Announces New ‘Masters of the Universe’ Netflix Limited Series
Kevin Smith had a big surprise for He-Man fans Sunday, as he announced that he will be executive producer and showrunner on a limited “Masters of the Universe” series that Netflix will develop.

The new series, “Masters of the Universe: Revelations,” will focus on the unresolved storylines of the original 1982 TV series, picking up many of the characters’ journeys where they left off decades ago.

“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” said Smith in a statement. “In ‘Revelation,’ we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!
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Samuel Gelfman, Roger Corman Film Producer, Dies at 88

Samuel Gelfman, Roger Corman Film Producer, Dies at 88
Samuel Gelfman, a New York producer known for his work on Roger Corman’s “Caged Heat,” “Cockfighter” and “Cannonball!,” died Thursday morning at UCLA Hospital in Westwood following complications from heart and respiratory disease, his son Peter Gelfman confirmed. He was 88.

Gelfman was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Caldwell New Jersey where he attended grade and high school, before graduating Princeton University in 1953 with a degree in architecture. Soon after, he returned to New York where he worked for the Candida Donadio talent agency and the Feuer and Martin company. It was the latter that got him his next job as an Off-Broadway producer for the improvisational theater The Premise.

From there, he became the Vice President of New York Production for United Artists, before leaving to buy film rights for the first video cassette company Cartrivision. At that time, he also began working with
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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)

Even though Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) didn’t get a movie with her name on it in the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she’s been just as central to the franchise as anybody. She was introduced back in “Iron Man 2” and has been instrumental in so many major events. So it’s puzzling that “Avengers: Endgame” didn’t really spend any time memorializing her at the end of the movie, which spends so much time saying goodbye to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans).

It’s puzzling also just within the context of the movie — Natasha’s sacrifice made everything that came after, including Tony’s own sacrifice, possible.

If Black Widow hadn’t killed herself on
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Duane Allman’s ‘Layla’ Guitar Sells for $1 Million at Auction

Duane Allman’s ‘Layla’ Guitar Sells for $1 Million at Auction
The guitar Duane Allman played on Derek and the Dominoes’ classic “Layla” recently sold at auction for $1 million.

Allman, Number Nine on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists list, also played the 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop – which had been on display at the Allman Brothers’ Big House museum in Macon, Georgia – on the Allman Brothers’ 1969 self-titled debut LP and 1970’s Idlewild South, the Macon Telegraph reports.

“Layla” was actually one of the final recordings that featured Allman playing that guitar: Soon after, the guitarist swapped it for a 1959 Les Paul.

“Duane,
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Does ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
For the “Fast and Furious” franchise it’s been a long and weird journey to “Hobbs & Shaw,” it’s first spinoff movie. What was once merely a marginal action series turned into a global juggernaut after its first decade — it’s not a path many franchises have ever taken to major success.

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
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