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Box Office: ‘Finding Dory’ Dominates ‘Independence Day’ at $75 Million

23 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney/Pixar’s second weekend of “Finding Dory” is dominating moviegoing at the U.S. box office with $75 million, blowing away Fox’s opening of “Independence Day: Resurgence” at $43 million, estimates showed Saturday.

Finding Dory” is on track for a decline of only 44% from its stellar opening frame, which would leave the animated sequel in elite company as the seventh-highest second weekend ever — topping “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at $74.2 million. “Dory,” with Ellen DeGeneres voicing the forgetful fish, will wind up the weekend with $289 million after 10 days.

Blake Lively’s shark adventure “The Shallows” is projected to over-perform at about $17 million for Sony while Matthew McConaughey’s “Free State of Jones” is finding only modest traction in the $8 million range for Stx.

Fox’s “Independence Day: Resurgence” is coming in at the lower end of forecasts at 4,068 locations with an opening day of about $17 million — dwarfed by “Dory,” which grossed over $23 million on Friday. »

- Dave McNary

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Kellan Lutz Is in the Running for ‘Masters of the Universe’

20 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A new big screen version of Masters of the Universe has been in the works for years with various writers penning new drafts, but no version getting anywhere near getting in front of the camera. The latest attempt is in the hands of Sony Pictures with Charlie’s Angels director McG in talks to bring He-Man […]

The post Kellan Lutz Is in the Running for ‘Masters of the Universe’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Iconic New York Times Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham Has Died at 87

17 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Bill Cunningham, who photographed fashion trends for the New York Times for almost 40 years, has died at 87, the newspaper confirmed. According to the paper, Cunningham died in New York City on Saturday after having recently been hospitalized for a stroke. The photographer was known for riding around the city on a bike, capturing pictures of trendy fashion items (recent entries included off-the-shoulder tops, ripped jeans and the color pink) to craft photo essays for his "On the Street" and "Evening Hours" columns. A 2009 profile of Cunningham in the New Yorker described these columns as "frequently playful" while still conveying "an »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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Oliver Stone Talks ‘Snowden’ Financing Struggle, Film vs. TV and Military ‘Adulation’ in Movies

20 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nantucket, Mass. — Oliver Stone pulled no punches and named names in detailing the struggle to finance his new movie about National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden during a Q&A Saturday with fellow director Bennett Miller.

During the wide-ranging discussion, held as part of the Nantucket Film Festival, Stone also weighed in on his lack of enthusiasm for most serialized TV dramas, his disdain for the “adulation” of the U.S. military in many contemporary films and how Dino De Laurentiis dashed his hopes for “Conan the Barbarian” to have blossomed as a long-running franchise.

The intimate gathering at a private home on the water included actor Zachary Quinto, who plays journalist Glenn Greenwald in “Snowden,” and numerous writer-directors with pics at the fest, such as Mike Birbiglia (“Don’t Think Twice”), Julia Hart (“Miss Stevens”), Clay Tweel (“Gleason”) and Chris Kelly (“Other People”). The Nantucket fest, which wraps Monday, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Gilmore Girls’: Watch Rory Meet Michelle Obama

21 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A lot has changed since “Gilmore Girls” went off the air nine years ago.

Case in point: In what was intended to be the show’s series finale in 2007, Rory Gilmore, played by Alexis Bledel, was leaving Stars Hollow to follow Barack Obama’s campaign as a political reporter. Now, President Obama is nearing the end of his second term, and Rory is getting some facetime with none other than the First Lady herself.

In a two-minute clip released Friday, ahead of the Netflix four-part revival of the show, titled “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” Rory stops by the White House for some reading suggestions for Flotus before Obama embarks on a Let Girls Learn trip to Liberia, Morocco and Spain. And, in classic overachieving Rory fashion, she brings stacks and stacks of books to entertain Obama on the plane.

“I wasn’t sure about what mood you’d be in, so »

- Alex Stedman

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‘Finding Dory’ Stays Afloat at No. 1, ‘The Shallows’ Doubles Expectations

10 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” easily emerged in the top spot at this weekend’s box office, grossing $73.2 million from 4,305 screens. The animated feature, which broke records during its debut last weekend, came in ahead of 20th Century Fox’s “Independence Day: Resurgence,” which grossed $41.6 million from 4,066 theaters, well under expectations. Meanwhile, Columbia Pictures shark thriller “The Shallows” doubled predictions, earning $16.7 million from 2,962 screens. Also Read: 'Finding Dory' to Drown Out 'Independence Day: Resurgence' at the Box Office In its second weekend, New Line Cinema’s “Central Intelligence” came in third place with $18.4 million, beating newcomers “The »

- Meriah Doty

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Screenwriters Colony Opens Farmhouse Door to TV Comedy Writers at Nantucket Fest

26 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nantucket, Mass. — It’s safe to say that Matt Hobby, Wyndham Lewis, Kevin Seccia and Rose Surnow will probably never work in a writers room quite like the one where they just spent two weeks honing their craft.

This month, the foursome spent a fortnight living and working in a farmhouse in a remote spot on Nantucket island, as the participants in the Screenwriters Colony’s inaugural episodic comedy residency program. The group mostly detached from the rest of the world while working intensively with veteran comedy showrunner Eric Gilliland (“Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show”) on four scripts that were showcased with a staged reading at the Nantucket Film Festival.

Following the template of the Screenwriters Colony’s annual feature film residency, the writers came to Nantucket with the first draft of a script in hand. From June 10-23, they took part in a series of workshops on their scripts, seminars and jawboning sessions with other advisors including »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Nick Kroll, John Mulaney to Star in ‘Oh, Hello’ on Broadway

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will bring their comedic alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland to Broadway this fall in the comedy “Oh, Hello.” The star of Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show” and NBC’s short-lived “Mulaney” have spent more than a decade honing the two characters — outrageously opinionated native New Yorkers in their 70s — first on alternative comedy stages and then in a Comedy Central special and various late-night appearances. “Oh, Hello,” Gil and George’s part-scripted, part-spontaneous “memoir for the stage,” ran Off Broadway last fall and has also had engagements in San Diego, Boston, Washington, »

- Thom Geier

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[Watch] ‘Outlander’ recap of ‘The Hail Mary’: Claire makes a deal with the devil

3 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

In this edition of our weekly “Outlander” video recap discussion (watch below), I am joined by Gold Derby editor Tom O’Neil (self-professed “number-one ‘Outlander’ fan”) and contributing writers Amanda Spears and Ted Stevenson to dish the penultimate episode of season two, “The Hail Mary,” which was directed by Philip John and written by Ira Steven Behr and Anne Kenney. After […] »

- Rob Licuria

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Samira Wiley on ‘Shocking’ Fan Reactions to ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 4

11 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

[Spoiler alert: The following interview discusses major plot points from the final three episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” season 4. Do not read until you’ve finished the season.]

Samira Wiley has been keeping a big secret for a long time. While most of the cast and crew of “Orange Is The New Black” didn’t find out about her character’s sudden death at the end of the fourth season until they got the scripts, Wiley has known for nearly a year. Once the season dropped last weekend, Wiley’s been doing a goodbye tour — promising her fans and friends that it’s all going to be totally fine on the other side of “Orange Is The New Black.” Indeed, things are looking rosy. Wiley’s just announced a recurring role on “You’re The Worst” as Gretchen (Aya Cash)’s therapist, a role that she assures Variety is “completely different from Poussey.”

For the audience, Poussey’s death comes out of nowhere, and proves to be one of the most gutting of the series — a tragedy heightened by the innocence of Wiley’s character »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Film Review: ‘Intruder’

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The notion of a “midnight movie” is still enough to provoke a primitive tingle of excitement. It is, after all, not just something you watch at midnight — it’s something that belongs at midnight. It’s a movie that opens up into the darkness, into the strange and the outré, the forbidden, the jaw-dropping, the eye-widening, the mind-blowing. It’s something — in theory, at least — that’s not ready for prime time. No movie, of course, absolutely has to be watched at midnight (though Alejandro Jodorowsy’s 1970 “El Topo,” the spaghetti Western head trip that started it all, sort of does; it wilts in the sunlight). But “Intruder,” a low-budget woman-in-peril thriller that’s as bare bones as its title, is being released under the IFC Midnight banner, so in a way it’s only fair to evaluate it as a post-polite-hours experience.

An early scene offers an amuse-bouche of midnight kink, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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‘Outlander’ Stars Break Down the Desperate Deals of ‘The Hail Mary’

13 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Outlander” Season 2, Episode 12, titled “The Hail Mary.” Refresh your memory with last week’s “Outlander” recap.

On the eve of the Battle of Culloden, we get a sense of just how dire the circumstances have become for Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan), who are ready to use any means necessary to avert the slaughter that awaits them on April 16, 1746 — even if it means making a deal with Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).

“The inevitability of it is barreling down on them, it feels like a pressure cooker — no matter what they do, no matter what they try, fate is stronger than their will,” Balfe tells Variety. “Claire makes a very, very unusual alliance … It’s less about him, it’s more about Mary Hawkins and Alex, and the guilt she feels over having inserted herself into their relationship before and causing their split for a »

- Laura Prudom

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Logo Trailblazer Honors Pay Tribute to Orlando Victims

14 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 2016 Logo Trailblazer Honors, which taped last Thursday and air tonight on Logo and VH1, are being dedicated to the 49 victims who lost their lives at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the audience in a pre-taped message, mourning the innocent lives lost. “Our hearts are still heavy for Orlando,” he said somberly. “You’re showing tonight we are Orlando. We’re all Americans. Unbowed. Unrelenting. We endure. We overcome. We’re hopeful. We will not be silent.” The vice president also took a moment to denounce anti-trans bathroom legislation, referring to “draconian state laws deny »

- Lawrence Yee

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