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Will 'Toy Story 4' Make a Bid for the Animated Opening Weekend Record?

Will 'Toy Story 4' Make a Bid for the Animated Opening Weekend Record?
After several weeks of disappointing debuts, this weekend should see things turn around as Disney and Pixar unveil Toy Story 4 to what will be one of the largest debuts for an animated feature ever and UA Releasing's Child's Play remake is also looking like it will generate a solid debut over the three-day. Otherwise, Lionsgate's release of the Summit actioner Anna is looking like a lightweight performer at the lower end of the weekend top ten if not potentially falling outside altogether. The weekend's #1 film is a no-brainer. Toy Story 4 has already generated rave reviews, scoring a 98% on RottenTomatoes and an 83 on Metacritic, to go along with record-breaking pre-sale figures, which Fandango.com reported outperformed sales for last year's Incredibles 2, which delivered a record $182.6 million opening, going on to become the only animated film to not only top $500 million at the domestic box office, but it
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Ron Howard to Direct First Animated Film as Imagine Sets Ambitious Feature Slate With Animal Logic (Exclusive)

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Ron Howard to Direct First Animated Film as Imagine Sets Ambitious Feature Slate With Animal Logic (Exclusive)
In a prolific career that has yielded numerous iconic movies, Ron Howard is set to direct his first animated film.

The project is one of four ambitious, original animated and live-action hybrid films he and Brian Grazer have set up through their company Imagine Entertainment, in a joint venture with Australian production engine Animal Logic.

Howard is attached to direct “The Shrinking of Treehorn,” a children’s book by Florence Parry Heide with illustrations from Edward Gorey, originally published in 1971. Paramount Pictures will release the film.

“I’ve long had this passionate point of view that Ron Howard should make a tentpole animated movie. That’s how this started,” said Zareh Nalbandian, Animal Logic’s entertainment CEO.

“It was serendipitous that Imagine was sort of evolving and growing, and Animal Logic was more and more committed to the development and production of our own intellectual property. We have a shared
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Demi Moore Joins ‘Brave New World’ Adaptation at USA Network

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Demi Moore Joins ‘Brave New World’ Adaptation at USA Network
Demi Moore is joining USA Network’s adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”

Moore will play Linda, the “brash, hard-living mother” of Alden Ehrenreich’s John the Savage. The “Solo” alum’s character is described as a “subversive outsider who threatens to disrupt the stability of New London’s utopian society.”

Based on Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, the adaptation was ordered to straight-to-series at USA earlier this year. The book imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself.

The rest of the cast includes Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Lloyd, Kylie Bunbury, Hannah John-Kamen, Sen Mitsuji, Joseph Morgan and Nina Sosanya.
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‘Easy A’ Spinoff in the Works From Original Screenwriter (Exclusive)

‘Easy A’ Spinoff in the Works From Original Screenwriter (Exclusive)
Nearly a decade after the success of “Easy A,” a spinoff of the coming-of-age comedy is in the works. Sources tell Variety that Screen Gems has appointed Bert Royal, who penned the first script, to write and direct the upcoming movie.

Insiders stress that the film is still in early development, as Royal is still in the process of writing the screenplay. After “Easy A” became a breakout hit, the studio opted to task him with directing duties as well. The spinoff will mark Royal’s directorial debut. Zanne Devine is returning to executive produce.

Will Gluck directed 2010’s “Easy A,” a teen comedy about a clean-cut high school student who relies on the school’s rumor mill to advance her social standing. It became a surprise hit, earning $75 million worldwide, while also solidifying its star Emma Stone on the A-list for leading ladies in Hollywood.

Insiders tell Variety the
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Paramount Network Orders ‘The Last Cowboy’ Reality Series From Taylor Sheridan

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Paramount Network Orders ‘The Last Cowboy’ Reality Series From Taylor Sheridan
Paramount Network has ordered a new unscripted series, “The Last Cowboy,” from “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan, the network announced on Wednesday.

The unscripted series, produced by Truly Original and 101 Studios, “spotlights the highly-skilled horsemen and trainers competing in the intense, high-stakes world of professional reining,” according to the network. It will follow eight men and women who “are determined to elevate and preserve the cowboy tradition as they train and engage in the exclusive ultra-competitive sport.”

Derived from the practice of herding cattle, reining is a western-based competition where riders guide horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops, similar to the more European dressage.

Also Read: 'Yellowstone' Renewed for Season 3 at Paramount Network, Josh Holloway Joins Cast

“The grit, beauty and tenacity of the West are linked to America’s legacy and my creative drive has been to explore those, in all their complexities,
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J.J. Abrams to help pen a new Spider-Man comic book series for Marvel

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J.J. Abrams to help pen a new Spider-Man comic book series for Marvel
After teasing a big announcement for the better part of a week, Marvel's Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski has announced that a new Spider-Man comic is on the way with famed filmmaker J.J. Abrams at the helm! Ah, but the Lost and Star Trek creative won't be swinging through the streets of New York and eating wheat cakes alone for the effort. Joining Abrams on writing duties…
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Marvel Studios Approaches Keanu Reeves For Nearly Every Movie They Make

Marvel Studios Approaches Keanu Reeves For Nearly Every Movie They Make
These days, it sure does seem like folks far and wide are catching Keanu Reeves Fever. Actually, it’s highly understandable because the guy has a number of box office hits and cult classics under his belt. After making a name for himself in the Bill & Ted movies, he then went on to star in Speed and The Matrix Trilogy, the latter of which remains a personal favorite of this writer. More recently, the John Wick series has won over audiences with its stylish action scenes and gorgeous cinematography. Oh yeah, there’s also the fact that Keanu just happens to be a really likable fella.

Knowing this, it’s no wonder that Kevin Feige and the rest of the brass over at Marvel Studios see Reeves as a hopeful addition to their cinematic universe. In fact, the head honcho said this in a recent interview:

“We talk to him
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Marvel Boss Explains How X-Men & Fantastic Four Are Being Brought Into the MCU

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Marvel Boss Explains How X-Men & Fantastic Four Are Being Brought Into the MCU
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige explains how the Fox properties will be used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For one thing, Feige isn't in any rush, which has already been reported. With that being said, Feige has been preparing for the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and others to come join the McU for a long time. Marvel fans have been waiting quite a while too, but now seems like the perfect time for it all to go down.

Kevin Feige probably has to talk about the Disney and Fox deal on a daily basis. Regardless, when asked about the situation in a new interview promoting Spider-Man: Far From Home, Feige is excited to shed more light on the subject. Feige had this to say about the Fox properties such as X-Men and Fantastic Four, and how they'll be incorporated into the MCU.

"It's still early days, but it's been a fun exercise,
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Shanghai: Rajkumar Hirani Talks China-India Film Axis, Silent on #MeToo Accusations

Shanghai: Rajkumar Hirani Talks China-India Film Axis, Silent on #MeToo Accusations
Rajkumar Hirani, the Indian film director who is part of the Shanghai International Film Festival’s competition jury, says he is pleased by the reception that Indian films are getting in China.

But in conversation in Shanghai he sidestepped the accusations of sexual assault that were recently levelled against him. “I don’t think we should talk about that. I didn’t come here for this purpose,” he said.

He has elsewhere denied the allegations, and told Variety that the Shanghai festival had not reconsidered his invitation because of the #MeToo taint.

Instead, Hirani spoke about the breakout success of his 2009 film “3 Idiots.” It earned $2 million (RMB13.9 million) in the Middle Kingdom.

“Apparently lots and lots of people saw it, which I still feel ten years down the line. Every person from China I met either here or in Mumbai has seen ‘3 Idiots.’ I think it connected with them
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When Sacheen Littlefeather, Marlon Brando and John Wayne Fought for the Soul of the Oscars

When Sacheen Littlefeather, Marlon Brando and John Wayne Fought for the Soul of the Oscars
Sacheen Littlefeather endured boos, mockery and lies when she took the stage at the 1973 Academy Awards to reject an Oscar on behalf of Best Actor winner Marlon Brando — and to call for better treatment of Native Americans. Now is the perfect time for Hollywood to finally do her story justice, as we discuss in our latest “Shoot This Now” podcast. You can listen on Spotify or right here.

On every episode of “Shoot This Now,” we talk about remarkable true stories that deserve to be made into movies. It would be poetic justice for Littlefeather’s Hollywood protest to finally be the subject of a Hollywood film.

It is the story of a woman finding her voice, while caught between two of Hollywood’s most powerful men. Marlon Brando wanted to give her a global platform to speak out. But Littlefeather said John Wayne, famous for killing Native Americans on film,
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How ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Effects Supervisor Brought the Walking, Talking Ape Pogo to Life

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How ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Effects Supervisor Brought the Walking, Talking Ape Pogo to Life
A version of this story on the effects in “The Umbrella Academy” first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy Magazine.

“We barely made it,” said visual effects supervisor Everett Burrell with a laugh, remembering the rush to finish postproduction on the first season of Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy.” “Episode 10, especially, was huge. It had so much going on.”

For the unfamiliar, the 10th and final episode of the comic-book adaptation’s first season features one character ending a climactic battle by shooting a laser from her chest and destroying the moon, raining a spectacular apocalypse down on Earth in the process. But according to Burrell, showrunner Steve Blackman’s mandate for visual effects was consistent from the jump: Keep it simple. The goal was to rein in some of the more dramatic elements of the widely beloved source material and create the show’s own unique visual language.
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Does ‘Toy Story 4’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘Toy Story 4’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Nearly 25 years after the release of the original “Toy Story,” every ’90s kid has grown up with Woody and Buzz and is back for the fourth time as Disney and Pixar releases the latest and presumably final installment in the franchise, “Toy Story 4.”

June has been full of movies that are part of very long-running franchises, with the new “Toy Story” following “Dark Phoenix” and “Men in Black: International.” Though those two movies disappointed at the box office, it’s safe to say that “Toy Story 4” will not have similar problems — this thing is gonna be huge.

Fans have been waiting for this particular film for nine years since the release of “Toy Story 3.” So the big question is, does this long awaited, hugely anticipated new “Toy Story” film contain any scenes during or after the closing credits that you should stick around for?

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Religious Group Mistakenly Petitions to Get Amazon Prime’s ‘Good Omens’ Removed From Netflix

Upwards of 20,000 Christians have signed a petition calling for Netflix to cancel the fantasy series “Good Omens.” But the TV series, adapted from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 satirical sci-fi novel, is distributed by Amazon Prime, not Netflix.

The petition was first launched by the Return to Order campaign, a Christian organization under the U.S. Foundation for a Christian Civilization, in which members argue that the show attempts “to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable,” adding, “this type of video makes light of Truth, Error, Good and Evil, and destroys the barriers of horror that society still has for the devil.
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Ray Winstone Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ (Exclusive)

Ray Winstone Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ (Exclusive)
The Departed” star Ray Winstone has joined Marvel’s “Black Widow” standalone movie, sources tell Variety.

Stranger Things'” David Harbour and “Midsommar’s” Florence Pugh are also on board to star alongside Scarlett Johansson. Cate Shortland has signed on to direct from Jac Schaeffer’s script, with Kevin Feige producing.

Marvel had no comment on the casting. The film is currently in production in London.

Plot details for the standalone “Black Widow” pic are unknown, though it’s expected to follow Marvel’s other films that focus on a single hero as an origin tale. Winstone’s role in the film is also unknown.

Since Johansson first appeared as Black Widow in 2010’s “Iron Man 2” and with the more recent increased attention on women-led films, there’s been a push from Marvel fans for Black Widow to get her own origin movie like every other Avenger. With the
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Listen to Beyonce and Donald Glover Duet in New ‘Lion King’ Trailer

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Listen to Beyonce and Donald Glover Duet in New ‘Lion King’ Trailer
Fans are hearing Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Donald Glover singing in character for the first time in a new trailer for Disney’s star-studded remake of “The Lion King.”

A purported international trailer, released Thursday, opens with the chorus of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” Knowles-Carter and Glover, who voice Nala and Simba, harmonize over a scaled-back instrumental.

Also Read: Hear Beyonce Speak as Nala in 'The Lion King' TV Promo (Video)

The characters’ soft voices are soon joined by James Earl Jones’ dialogue as Mufasa, and continue under his message to Simba. The updated version of “The Lion King” also features voice acting from John Oliver, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen and Chiwetel Ejiofor, among others.

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” was composed for the original 1994 film by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. The song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1995, and John
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TV News Roundup: Showtime Drops ‘The Affair’ Final Season Teaser (Watch)

TV News Roundup: Showtime Drops ‘The Affair’ Final Season Teaser (Watch)
In today’s TV Roundup, Showtime drops a teaser for the fifth and final season of “The Affair,” and Kid Cudi and Big Boi join Shudder’s “Creepshow” anthology series.

First Looks

AMC has released the first trailer for its forthcoming anthology series “The Terror: Infamy.” Premiering August 2, the Ridley Scott-produced show features a cast and crew with connections to World War II and the internment of Japanese Americans, and centers around a case of mysterious deaths in the Japanese American community. The series is co-created and executive produced by Max Borenstein and Alexander Woo, who also serves as showrunner.
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Proof Petitions Work: Netflix Promises Not to Make ‘Any More’ of Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’

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Proof Petitions Work: Netflix Promises Not to Make ‘Any More’ of Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’
That “Game of Thrones” fan campaign to get the final season remade by “competent” writers may not have worked, but the one a Christian group started to get Amazon Prime Video’s limited series “Good Omens” canceled has — just probably not in the way they hoped it would.

On Thursday, the official Twitter account for Netflix U.K. and Ireland responded to a Guardian article about the Return to Order, “a special campaign” of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, which has launched the “Tell Netflix: Cancel Blasphemous ‘Good Omens’ Series” petition.

“ok we promise not to make any more,” the streaming service — you know, the one that doesn’t stream the show — tweeted.

ok we promise not to make any more https://t.co/TRPux36kcX

— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) June 20, 2019

Also Read: Christian Group Petitions Netflix to Cancel Amazon's 'Good Omens'
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A&e Orders Stunt Series ‘Impossible Live,’ Special ‘Volcano Walk Live’

A&e Network has ordered a live stunt series titled “The Impossible Live.”

The series, which hails from Kew Media Group’s Essential Media Group, will consist of five two-hour episodes featuring daredevils performing death-defying stunts such as parachute-less jump from a plane onto a speeding train, a motorcycle jump off a cliff in which the daredevil must drop the bike and grab on to the skids of a passing helicopter before the motorcycle plummets to the ground below, and the highest wire walk ever attempted from one hot air balloon to another.

In addition, A&e and Essential have partnered with
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Dylan O’Brien’s ‘Monster Problems,’ ‘Clifford’ Backed by Paramount, eOne

Paramount Pictures and Entertainment One have closed a deal to co-finance “Clifford The Big Red Dog” and “Monster Problems,” with “Maze Runner” star Dyan O’Brien.

Under the deal, announced Thursday, eOne will distribute all rights directly in Canada and the UK, excluding television in the UK, and Paramount shall distribute all other rights including in the Us.

Monster Problems” is directed by Michael Matthews and stars O’Brien, Michael Rooker, Dan Ewing, Jessica Henwick, and Arianna Greenblatt. Brian Duffield and Craig Johnson wrote the project. Paramount will produce alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps banner. John Starke will serve as an executive producer. Production on the film began in March.

Monster Problems” is set in a post-apocalyptic world and follows a young man who must fight monsters on his way to reunite with his high school love.

“Clifford The Big Red Dog,” based on the book
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A&e Network Orders Live Daredevil Stunt Series, Plus Bello Nock’s ‘Volcano Walk Live’ Special

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A&e Networks has ordered “The Impossible Live,” a stunt series that features people with a death wish attempting ridiculous feats, like jumping out of a plane onto a speeding train without a parachute.

Hailing from Essential Media Group, “The Impossible Live” (working title) will feature “the world’s greatest daredevils attempting the most death-defying stunts ever seen on live television; including a parachute-less jump from a plane onto a speeding train, a motorcycle jump off a cliff in which the daredevil must drop the bike and grab on to the skids of a passing helicopter before the motorcycle plummets to the ground below; and the highest wire walk ever attempted from one hot air balloon to another,” according to A&e. Five two-hour episodes are planned.

The series will begin pre-production this fall.

Also Read: 'Annabelle Comes Home' Was Just as Creepy Off Camera, From Moving Furniture to Nonstop
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