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'Jurassic World 2' Roars into Domestic Theaters as 'Incredibles 2' Looks to Hold Strong

'Jurassic World 2' Roars into Domestic Theaters as 'Incredibles 2' Looks to Hold Strong
While it may not appear out of the ordinary, this weekend's release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and its anticipated $100+ million opening will mark only the second time ever that two different films have opened with over $100 million back-to-back at the box office. The first and last time this happened was in 2007 when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End opened with $114.7 million following Shrek the Third's $121.6 million opening the weekend prior. In fact, the rarity of what will take place this weekend doesn't end there as only eight times following a $100+ million performance at the weekend box office has a film not repeated at #1 the following weekend. Even more rare, two films have never brought in more than $100 million over the same weekend Should Incredibles 2 drop 45.26% or less this weekend we'll have yet another piece of history to discuss come Sunday morning. After debuting internationally just over two weeks ago,
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‘It Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel

‘It Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel
Exclusive: Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink have landed supporting roles in New Line Cinema’s It Chapter Two, which will once again be directed by Andy Muschietti.

The sequel portrays the kids, members of the Losers’ Club, who were tormented by Pennywise, as adults. James McAvoy plays Bill, Bill Hader is Richie, Jessica Chastain is Beverly, James Ransone is Eddie, Andy Bean is Stanley, Jay Ryan is Ben, and Isaiah Mustafa is Mike. Bill Skarsgard returns as Pennywise.

Dolan will be playing the role of Adrian Mellon. In the Stephen King novel, Mellon was a gay man living in Derry who was attacked by bullies which led to his demise at the hands of Pennywise. Beinbrink will play Tom Rogan who, the book and the 90s miniseries, was Beverly’s abusive lover.

Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee and Dan Lin return as producers. The screenplay is written by Gary Dauberman.

Contrary
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‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘Glass’ Confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con

‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘Glass’ Confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con
Just a couple days ago, we got a rundown of which movies would be heading to San Diego Comic-Con to show off the goods to the thousands of fans in attendance at one of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world. While we got confirmation of some of the big movies that will be […]

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Another ‘Breaking Bad’ Character Is Coming to ‘Better Call Saul,’ Vince Gilligan Teases

Another ‘Breaking Bad’ Character Is Coming to ‘Better Call Saul,’ Vince Gilligan Teases
Brace yourself, Albuquerque: Another “Breaking Bad” character is coming to Season 4 of “Better Call Saul,” creator Vince Gilligan says.

“There’s a very important character from the ‘Breaking Bad’ era that we’re going to meet this year,” Gilligan said during his show’s Masterclass panel, which was a part of the AMC Summit Wednesday in New York City.

He did not specify which character — but Gilligan believes fans will be pretty pleased overall when the AMC dramedy returns in early August.

“Season 4 is so good,” he said. “It gets darker, it gets richer. It’s still got funny in it, but on the Venn diagram of ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul,’ the overlap in the center is getting bigger and bigger.”

And though Jimmy McGill
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Charles Krauthammer Dies: Fox News Contributor & Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Was 68

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Charles Krauthammer Dies: Fox News Contributor & Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Was 68
Charles Krauthammer, a conservative veteran Fox News contributor, author and syndicated columnist, died today, less than two weeks after he’d penned a letter saying he had weeks to live. He was 68.

The news was announced by his former Washington Post colleague Paul Farhi on Twitter:

Some sad news: Charles Krauthammer has died. Our obit is coming soon.

— Paul Farhi (@farhip) June 21, 2018

In a letter read on-air June 8 by Outnumbered host Sandra Smith, Krauthammer said he had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and that it “caused a cascade of secondary complications” for which he has been hospitalized since. Recent tests have revealed that the cancer had returned.

He had been paralyzed since a diving-board accident in the early 1970s that confined him to a wheelchair.

“I don’t like when they make a big thing about it,” Krauthammer said in a 1984 Washington Post interview.
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‘Daredevil’ Ep Steven S. DeKnight Signs Netflix Deal

‘Daredevil’ Ep Steven S. DeKnight Signs Netflix Deal
Former “Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has signed an overall deal with Netflix. Under the agreement, DeKnight will develop and produce series and other projects for the streaming service.

DeKnight served as executive producer and showruner on the first season of Marvel action drama “Daredevil,” as well as on the Starz drama “Spartacus.” Among DeKnight’s other credits are “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” He was the writer and director on his first feature film “Pacific Rim Uprising,” from Legendary Pictures.

Steven S. DeKnight is a multifaceted writer, director, producer and showrunner whose daring visions have gripped audiences for years,
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Koko, Signing Gorilla Who Met Robin Williams and Betty White, Dies

Koko, Signing Gorilla Who Met Robin Williams and Betty White, Dies
Koko, the gorilla who learned more than 1,000 signs, played with Robin Williams, and was the subject of a Barbet Schroeder documentary, died on Tuesday, the Gorilla Foundation announced.

She was 46 and lived at the foundation’s headquarters in Woodside, Calif. When she appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1978, the world was stunned to learn of the western lowland gorilla’s ability to learn numerous signs from psychologist Dr. Francine “Penny” Patterson, who was working on a language project.

Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo and Patterson brought her to the foundation for her project. She also understood spoken speech.
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Amazon Sets Early Screenings of ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ (Exclusive)

Amazon Sets Early Screenings of ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ (Exclusive)
Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of Sony’s animated “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” two weeks before the movie’s release.

The early showings for Prime members will take place at 3 p.m. local time on June 30 at about 1,000 theaters across the country. Members can buy up to 10 tickets per showing online at Amazon.com/HotelT with ticketing powered by Atom Tickets.

“We can’t wait to welcome Prime members on this monster vacation before anyone else,” said Elias Plishner, executive VP of worldwide digital marketing for Sony Pictures. “Summer vacation has officially started, and this movie will be a perfect way for families and friends to spend quality time together.”

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” has a voice cast featuring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, and Mel Brooks.
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MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals

MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals
MTV has launched a new production unit, MTV Studios — and with it put in the works a batch of new shows and revivals of properties from the Viacom-owned cable channel’s extensive content library.

Among the initial MTV Studios slate is a new iteration of the animated series “Daria” from “Inside Amy Schumer” writer Grace Edwards; “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis’s reimagining of sci-fi animated series “Aeon Flux” with fellow exec producer Gale Anne Hurd; a revival with Bunim/Murray Productions of reality series “The Real World”; and a new version of unscripted series “Made.”

Also in the works
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‘Daily Show’ Anchor Trevor Noah on Crowded Time Slot: ‘We’re the Only Late-Night Show With a Host of Color’

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‘Daily Show’ Anchor Trevor Noah on Crowded Time Slot: ‘We’re the Only Late-Night Show With a Host of Color’
The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah argues he stands apart in an increasingly crowded late-night space.

“We’re the only late-night show with a host of color,” Noah told TheWrap. “We are the only late-night show that has an international voice that speaks to politics,” added the South Africa native.

Noah’s tenure at the “Daily Show” has come during a time when the late-night space has undergone numerous changes. When his predecessor, Jon Stewart, was the host, late-night was dominated by the likes of Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, with Jimmy Kimmel joining the fray in 2003.

Also Read: Trevor Noah Tells Kirstjen Nielsen Where Else She Can't Eat Thanks to Child Detainments (Video)

But a lot has changed since then.

Both Leno and Letterman have since left the airwaves (though Letterman now has a talk show with Netflix), and the past few years have seen the debuts of John Oliver,
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Disney Has Already Made $2 Billion at Domestic Box Office This Year

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2018 isn’t even halfway done, and Disney has already crossed the $2 billion mark at the domestic box office thanks to its Marvel — and Pixar — superheroes.

The milestone was passed this week when “Incredibles 2” made $253 million domestically after just six days in theaters. That puts the sequel already 32 percent ahead of the pace set by “Finding Dory,” which holds the domestic animation box office record with $486 million.

Also Read: 'Avengers: Infinity War': Every Box Office Record It Broke on the Road to $2 Billion (Photos)

Meanwhile, Disney’s two Marvel Studios releases, “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” have both grossed over $650 million in North America. “Black Panther” is less than $400,000 short of becoming just the third film ever to gross $700 million domestically. “Infinity War,” which is now one of four film to earn $2 billion worldwide,” currently has $666 million domestic. Together, the two Marvel films and “Incredibles 2” have
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‘Damsel’ Film Review: Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska Dazzle in Audacious Western

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‘Damsel’ Film Review: Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska Dazzle in Audacious Western
The label “revisionist Western” has been lobbed around for so long, and at so many movies, that it seems to have lost most of its bite.

After all, it’s pretty hard to call a Western “revisionist” if it represents the same old vision of the American frontier, stained with the blood and salty tears of prototypical masculine icons. Sure, Christian Bale feels really bad about all that genocide in a film like “Hostiles,” but only because the camera lingers on him longer than usual. It’s the same old story, the same old song and dance.

So when David and Nathan Zellner’s “Damsel” begins with a world-weary preacher, played by Robert Forster, admitting that the American west is pointless and stupid, and then strips himself naked and walks off to die in the desert, it’s a refreshing change of pace. And when the film segues into a literal song and dance,
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ on Track for $40 Million-Plus Opening

Sony’s animated “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is heading for a solid domestic opening in the $40 million to $45 million range for the July 13-15 weekend, early tracking showed Thursday.

First estimates for Universal’s Dwayne Johnson action-thriller “Skyscraper” came in between $32 million and $40 million for the same period.

The first “Hotel Transylvania” opened with $42.5 million in North America in 2012 on its way to $358 million at the worldwide box office. In 2015, “Hotel Transylvania 2” launched with $48.4 million domestically and wound up with $473 million worldwide.

Amazon announced Thursday morning it’s offering its Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” on June 30 at about 1,000 theaters across the country. “Hotel Transylvania 3” has a voice cast featuring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, and Mel Brooks.

The film is directed by
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Charles Krauthammer, Columnist and Fox News Commentator, Dies at 68

Charles Krauthammer, Columnist and Fox News Commentator, Dies at 68
Washington — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Fox News commentator, died on Thursday. He was 68.

Krauthammer announced on June 8 that doctors had given him just weeks to live.

“This is the final verdict. My fight is over,” he wrote in a statement.

Krauthammer wrote that he had been recovering from surgery last year to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen, and while he has been “gradually making my way back to health,” recent tests showed that cancer has returned and was spreading rapidly.

He wrote, “I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent.
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Trump on First Lady’s ‘I Really Don’t Care’ Jacket: ‘Refers to the Fake News Media’

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Trump on First Lady’s ‘I Really Don’t Care’ Jacket: ‘Refers to the Fake News Media’
After Melania Trump’s choice of jacket during her visit to the Mexican border sparked a groundswell of backlash on Thursday, President Donald Trump weighed in, saying her jacket referred to the “Fake News media.”

Before her flight to Texas, Melania Trump was seen wearing a Zara jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do u?” emblazoned on the back.

Trump addressed the uproar over her jacket in a Tweet on Thursday afternoon, writing, “‘I Really Don’T Care, Do U?’ written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”

“I Really Don’T Care, Do U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018

In
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Johnny Depp: Rolling Stone Profile Latest Sign Actor Is PR Liability

Johnny Depp: Rolling Stone Profile Latest Sign Actor Is PR Liability
Johnny Depp’s bad boy persona used to help sell the movies he made. He was a real life Capt. Jack Sparrow, who could hit the press circuit armed with a few rococo anecdotes, delivered with a rock ‘n roll edge in between drags of freshly rolled cigarettes. His act was charming and his mystique undeniable.

No longer. A new Rolling Stone profile of the actor compares Depp’s current, debauched existence to Elvis’s last, drug-fueled days. It left readers and people in Hollywood alarmed with its portrayal of Depp, a 55-year old man, drinking goblet after goblet of vintage red wine, smoking hash, and, it is heavily implied, partaking in even stronger substances, all while cordoned off in a gated mansion that leaves him cut off from reality.

Studios still in business with the actor were poring over the profile this morning, assessing what — if any — fallout there would be from the piece.
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David Poland Leaves Movie City News With Hopes of Working For ‘The Other Team’

Back in 2002, at a Melrose tea shop, David Poland, Jeffrey Wells, Nikki Finke (via speakerphone), and I met to discuss launching a joint online venture. We were all early online adopters who saw the future that freedom from print could bring.

We threw plenty of ideas around that afternoon, many of which wound up on our respective websites, and opted to go our separate ways. Jeff Wells is still publishing Hollywood Elsewhere; Finke wound up selling her Deadline Hollywood site to Jay Penske’s Pmc (which now owns IndieWire); I created the first blog at The Hollywood Reporter, Risky Business, followed by Thompson on Hollywood at Variety, which I took to IndieWire in 2009; and Poland founded Movie City News, which he is finally letting go..

In his Wednesday farewell The Hot Blog post, Poland tries to assess the changing media landscape that led to his desire “to work for the other team,
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How Seth Meyers Handles Late-Night Comedy in the Age of Trump

How Seth Meyers Handles Late-Night Comedy in the Age of Trump
This story about Seth Meyers first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Seth Meyers got into the late-night game less than five years ago, and it’s already a different world than the one he entered. That’s partly because Donald Trump is running the country now, and partly because Meyers decided to just steer into the skid there.

“We do talk about him, obviously, most shows,” Meyers said of how much his NBC series, “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” covers Potus. “We probably talk about him more than everybody else combined. But at least, in our defense, he is the leader of the free world. So it’s not like we have seven Kim Kardashian jokes every night.”

And one day, he added, he’ll be free of this occupational hazard. “Trump takes up a fair amount of oxygen,” he said, “and I
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MoviePass to Charge $2 Extra for Major New Movies – and Add 3D, IMAX Screenings

One day after AMC announced their own movie ticket subscription plan with premium screenings included, MoviePass unveiled a new set of features that they will add in the coming months to their $9.95/month subscription plan … but with an extra surcharge for “certain high-demand showings.”

First revealed by CEO Mitch Lowe in an interview with Business Insider and later detailed by the company in a statement, MoviePass’ upcoming changes include optional features that subscribers can add to their baseline plan — such as the ability to buy tickets to 3D and IMAX screenings, and to buy a ticket for a friend.

Also Read: MoviePass Owner to Sell $164 Million in Bonds to Boost Struggling Company

However, MoviePass also says that there are plans to add a $2 extra charge to certain screenings for in-demand new releases starting next month. According to Lowe, this will mostly be for major blockbusters on opening weekend, and in a statement sent to TheWrap,
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