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10 Reasons Why My Favourite Movie Is Better Than Yours

Ok so starting with number one...

Well actually the title is purely satirical and I don’t claim, nor do I actually believe, that my favourite movie is somehow in a different league then yours. In fact, I don't really care what your favourite movie is. So why bring it up? Good question.

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June 23

Box Office: 'Toy Story 4' No. 1 With $118M U.S. Bow, Clears $238M Globally

A scene from this week's box office leader, 'Toy Story 4' (image courtesy Disney / Pixar)

by Pamela McClintock

Pixar and Disney's critically acclaimed Toy Story 4 buzzed to the top of the North American box office chart over the weekend with $118 million, one of the biggest openings of all time for an animated movie despite coming in behind expectations.

The family tentpole bowed simultaneously in numerous foreign markets for an international launch of $120 million and $238 million globally, a record for the genre. It did huge business in Latin America and Europe, but struggled in China, where it took in $13.4 million.

Heading into the frame, prerelease tracking had suggested Toy Story 4 could debut in the $140 million-$165 million range in North America. Either way, the movie is a needed win for the summer box office after a series of stumbles. It is only the third release of 2019 to cross $100 million so far in its start, and gives Disney the four best openings of the year to date.

Placing No. 2 on the weekend behind Toy Story 4 was United Artists' Child's Play, a remake of the 1988 film about a menacing doll named Chucky. The R-rated horror pic opened to $14 million from 3,007 locations to come in on the low end of expectations.

Mark Hamill and Aubrey Plaza star in Child's Play. The film has a 60 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while it received a C+ CinemaScore from moviegoers.

The performance of Anna, the weekend's third new nationwide offering, were grim. From controversial director Luc Besson and released in the U.S. by Lionsgate/Summit, the crime thriller took in $3.5 million from 2,114 cinemas in a career-worst bow for Besson.

It is also the lowest wide opening for Helen Mirren and Luke Evans, who star in the film opposite newcomer Sasha Luss.

Those who did show up to see Anna gave it a B+ CinemaScore.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

June 22

Original Jaws Shark Has Been Fully Restored

Images of "Bruce" the shark from 'Jaws', before, during, and after its recent restoration (courtesy Greg Nicotero / Twitter)

by Patrick Cavanaugh

Back in the early '70s, burgeoning filmmaker Steven Spielberg took on the ambitious task of adapting Peter Benchley's novel Jaws about a Great White shark tormenting a small New England island community. In hopes of delivering audiences an authentic interpretation of the material, Spielberg opted to shoot the film on the ocean, which resulting in countless complications. One of the biggest issues he faced were malfunctioning robotic sharks, referred to as "Bruce," whose inner circuitry regularly didn't respond due to its immersion in salt water. One of these mechanical sharks has been restored to be put on display at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures shared the above photos of the restoration, which were led by Greg Nicotero, co-owner of KNB EFX. Fans will be able to see the restored prop on display at the museum when it opens in 2020.

The prop's regular malfunctions led to the film running over budget and over schedule, while also preventing Spielberg from utilizing footage of the shark, as so little was ultimately usable. Interestingly, it was the film's refusal to show audiences the beast that created such a frightening adventure, forcing our minds to conjure up images of the creature.

Star Richard Dreyfuss previously pondered if the film could be more successful if a CGI restoration could insert a new shark with today's technical effects.

"I think they should do it, it would be huge and it would open up the film to younger people," Dreyfuss shared with Deadline about the potential of re-releasing the film with upgraded visual effects. "Is that blasphemy? No, no, I don’t think so. The technology now could make the shark look as good as the rest of the movie."

Continue Reading at: comicbook.com

June 20

The Entire Marvel Cinematic Universe Stars in an Honest Trailer

by Evan Hopkins

The Marvel Cinematic Universe may rule the box office with an iron fist, but even movie superstardom can't save you from a brutal Honest Trailer take-down.

To celebrate its 300th video, the YouTube channel Honest Trailers opted to go big, releasing a 9-minute long video covering the entirety of the MCU, with only Avengers: Endgame excluded from the video's spot-on burns.

While Honest Trailers is no stranger to taking Marvel movies to task, having previously raked the 1986 box office dud Howard The Duck over the coals, Honest Trailers saved some of their most pithy takedowns for the House of Ideas' cinematic powerhouse.

Across the video, the narrator opines on Marvel's lackluster villains, cookie-cutter character personalities and a surprising love of having people jump out of planes. While the video clearly comes from a loving place, that doesn't make remarks on Marvel's penchant for taking "visionary indie filmmakers" who are subsequently "funneled into the Marvel style of over lit digital video where everything is CGI" any less brutal.

But Honest Trailers doesn't save the jokes just for Marvel, admitting that Marvel's cinematic success launched an entire cottage industry of MCU-centric YouTube videos, including a certain comedy web series "that would have died a long time ago if Marvel movies weren't so popular." Honest Trailers has enough time to dunk on the MCU and still work in a self-burn, making this video a must see for Marvel fans and Honest Trailer loyalists alike.

Watch the video here:

Continue Reading at: CBR.com

June 19

Petition to name Keanu Reeves as Time's 'Person of the Year' is gaining major traction

Actor Keanu Reeves attends the 'Siberia' New York premiere July 11th, 2018 (image courtesy Wireimage)

by Adam Wallis

Once a year, Time publishes a 'Person of the Year' issue of its weekly magazine, which features, profiles and sometimes celebrates a significantly notable person, group or idea etc. from that year.

Time editors gather annually to decide on the Person of the Year, and while readers of the magazine are eligible to vote who they think may win the title each year, they actually have no input on picking the winning candidate.

One individual, however, by the name of Jackson Beem, ignored this and decided to launch his own Change.org petition in an effort to induce the Time Magazine editors to choose Keanu Reeves as the 2019 Person of the Year this December.

That's right. Keanu Reeves, the Canadian-American star of the 1990s who starred in the Matrix franchise and Speed. The petition simply reads: "Keanu is the most wholesome person alive, make him the person of the year!"

Beem launched his petition with a goal of 15,000 signatures. It was live for just over a week before going viral on Wednesday morning. It gained more than 20,000 signatures in only a matter of hours.

Continue Reading at: Global

June 16

Box Office: 'Men in Black: International' Leads Underwhelming Weekend With $28.5M

This mash-up shows Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' and Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in 'Men In Black: International' (images courtesy Warner Bros. / Sony)

by Mia Galuppo

The summer 2019 box office has not been kind to studio sequels nor spinoffs. Disney/Fox's Dark Phoenix crashed with a $33 million opening, while Warner Bros.' Godzilla: Kong of the Monsters bowed to an toothless $47 million domestically. And this weekend has continued the disappointing trend, as Sony's Men in Black: International debuted to a sluggish $28.5 million at 4,200 locations.

The movie has a 27 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but fared better with audiences, who gave it a B CinemaScore. The weekend crowd was largely under 35 (74 percent), with the single largest age group falling between 18-34 years old (50 percent). Audiences were 48 percent Caucasian, 22 percent Hispanic, 15 percent Asian and 15 percent African-American.

Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth star in the new pic as Agent H and Agent M, respectively, who spearhead the London bureau of the agency that is charged with protecting and concealing the Earth from an alien species. F. Gary Gray, the filmmaker behind franchise fare like Fate of the Furious, directed the latest installment in the MIB franchise.

The weekend's other new offering was New Line and Warner Bros.' Shaft, which came in seventh at the domestic box office with an underwhelming haul of $8.3 million at 2,952 locations.

Tim Story directed the R-rated sequel to the 2000 film of the same name, which was a remake of Gordon Parks' original 1971 movie. The pic is a team-up between three generations of Shaft men - Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson and series newcomer Jessie T. Usher.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

June 15

After 'Dark Phoenix' bombs, where does 'X-Men' go from here?

by Reuters

When Disney announced its $71.3 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox, X-Men was among the film properties that had executives at the Magic Kingdom frothing at the mouth. The historic merger meant that the Fox-owned band of mutant superheroes could reunite with its comic-book brethren in Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was the kind of super team-up that had the potential to be one of the most lucrative crossovers of all time - a rare chance to see Cyclops and Professor X aligned with Spider-Man and Black Panther.

After "Dark Phoenix" became the first "X-Men" entry to flop spectacularly at the box office, the future of the 20-year-old film franchise looks murkier. The superhero adventure misfired with a disastrous $33 million in North America, by far the worst opening for an "X-Men" title. Compounding matters, it cost a hefty $200 million to produce. That doesn't even take into account the hundreds of millions in global marketing and distribution fees it incurred. "Dark Phoenix”"had a slightly stronger start overseas, but even so, it would take a miracle for it to turn a profit. As it stands, box office watchers think that the film could lose $100 million.

"Dark Phoenix" is intended to mark a culmination of sorts for the "X-Men" saga (at least this iteration of the mutant heroes). Nobody expects one of the biggest film franchises to leave the big-screen for good. However, those dismal ticket sales signal that Disney may need to give the X-Men a break while they recover from a crippling case of franchise fatigue.

In fairness to Disney, the studio inherited "Dark Phoenix," a movie that had suffered through an arduous journey to the screen. In retrospect, the bad buzz has been building for some time. In a signal of the potential trouble and lack of confidence in the movie, Fox moved the release date several times though filming was completed two years ago.

Continue Reading at: Canoe.com

June 13

First Doctor Sleep Trailer Continues The Shining's Story

by Mike Reyes

One of the most prolific authors when it comes to the sheer volume of film adaptations based on their work is the master of horror, Stephen King. And lately, writer/director Mike Flanagan has been not only a highly regarded purveyor of that same genre, but he’s also been known to work with King’s material rather well.

Which makes the unveiling of today's trailer for Doctor Sleep all the more exciting, as ever since his announcement as the writer/director on the sequel to The Shining, we've been wondering what sort of magic he'd weave. Wonder no longer, courtesy of the trailer below.

Set decades after The Shining took place, Doctor Sleep sees Ewan McGregor playing the role of a grown up Danny Torrance. Still imbued with the powers of "The Shine", Danny has followed his father Jack's footsteps into alcohol dependence, while using his gifts to help comfort the dying before they pass on.

But he'll need to sober up if he's to perform a greater duty: defending others with his very same gift. For you see, other children with that special Shine are being snatched up by the insidious True Knot cult, run by Rebecca Ferguson's Rose the Hat.

One of those children, Abra Stone (played by Kyliegh Curran), has reached out to Danny, through a chalkboard we see in the Doctor Sleep trailer. What begins as a series of innocuous messages leads to one very familiar one: "Redrum." It isn't long before we're treated to flashes of imagery very familiar to Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick fans, as scenes from The Shining start to suggest that this new chapter will lean heavily on Danny's memories of the events that transpired at the Overlook Hotel.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

June 11

The New Trailer for Frozen II Takes Us on a Wild Adventure Outside Arendelle

by Cheryl Eddy

Frozen II dropped its first teaser back in February - and now, the first full trailer for Disney's much-anticipated sequel is here to cool you off as summer heats up.

We already knew the plot was going to involve Anna and Elsa (and their pals) venturing away from Arendelle on a grand quest, possibly to learn more about what happened to their parents, and this new trailer the royal sisters learn that the truths they're seeking lie north.

Frozen II - featuring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad returning, plus new voices Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown - is out November 22, from the same Oscar-winning directors (Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck) and songwriters (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) who made the first film such an inescapable phenomenon.

Check out the new trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Gizmodo.com

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