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Audiences Like IF More Than Critics Do
IF Captures
Imaginations
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IF Captures Imaginations

John Krasinski's project is the first family-friendly film to open in weeks

(Newser) - John Krasinski's imaginary friends movie IF claimed the top spot at the box office this weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Its $35 million North American debut was a bit lower than some projections. That could be an ominous sign of the box office times—or not, the AP...

Latest Apes Installment Has Series' Second-Biggest Opening
New Planet of the Apes Film
Outdraws Rest of Top 10
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New Planet of the Apes Film Outdraws Rest of Top 10

Latest installment rides positive reviews

(Newser) - Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes reigned over the weekend box office with a $56.5 million North American opening, according to studio estimates Sunday, providing a surge to an uncertain season in theaters. The film from 20th Century Studios and Disney that built on the rebooted Apes trilogy...

B-Movie Icon Roger Corman Is Dead at 98
He Was a B-Movie Giant,
Launched A-Level Stars
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He Was a B-Movie Giant, Launched A-Level Stars

Roger Corman is dead at 98

(Newser) - Roger Corman, the "King of the Bs" who helped turn out such low-budget classics as Little Shop of Horrors and Attack of the Crab Monsters and gave many of Hollywood's most famous actors and directors early breaks, has died at age 98. Corman died Thursday at his home...

Art Directors Guild Has Bleak Message for Up-and-Comers

'We cannot in good conscience encourage you to pursue our profession'

(Newser) - It's a double whammy for those looking to break into the field of TV and movie production: Not only is the Art Directors Guild suspending an annual job-placement program for newbies, it delivered the news to would-be applicants with a seriously depressing message about their career choice:
  • "We
...

The Fall Guy Starts Hollywood's Summer Slowly
Ryan Gosling's
Fall Guy Starts Slowly
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Ryan Gosling's Fall Guy Starts Slowly

Debut comes up short of forecasts despite positive reviews

(Newser) - The Fall Guy, the Ryan Gosling-led, action-comedy ode to stunt performers, opened below expectations with $28.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, providing a lukewarm start to a summer season that's very much to be determined for Hollywood. The Universal Pictures release opened on a weekend that Marvel...

Americans Don't Want to Sit Through 2-Hour Movies

A new poll says 92 minutes is the magic number for movie length, but not everyone agrees

(Newser) - Are Americans tired of sitting through endless movies? A new poll surveying 2,000 Americans from Talker Research suggests so. It found that:
  • Most respondents chose 92 minutes as the ideal movie length
  • 15% of respondents wanted to watch movies longer than 120 minutes
  • Only 2% liked movies over 150
...

Sex on the Big Screen Is Falling Out of Fashion

It may be hotter, more risque in some films, but sexual content fell 40% from 2000, per one analyst

(Newser) - You wouldn't know it if you've recently seen Saltburn , Poor Things , or Challengers , but sex scenes in Hollywood movies are actually experiencing a downturn. That's according to data analyst Stephen Follows , who was commissioned by the Economist to look into the status of erotic content on the...

Challengers Opens No. 1
Zendaya Fans
Rush to Challengers
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Zendaya Fans Rush to Challengers

Exit poll shows 55% of audience was drawn by the star

(Newser) - The sexy tennis drama Challengers won the box office this weekend with $15 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Zendaya and castmates Mike Faist and Josh O'Connor have been on a globetrotting press tour promoting Italian director Luca Guadagnino's original film, which opened in 3,477...

Blair Witch Project Actors: Studios Have Cheated Us

Trio asks for retroactive payment over the 1999 blockbuster

(Newser) - The three actors in the unexpected 1999 blockbuster The Blair Witch Project say it's long past time they were fairly compensated for their work. In an open letter to Lionsgate, Rei Hance (then known as Heather Donahue), Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams ask for retroactive money as well as...

Civil War Holds Off Horror Flick
Civil War
Holds Off
Horror Flick
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Civil War Holds Off Horror Flick

'Abigail' comes in second on a slow weekend

(Newser) - Civil War, Alex Garland's ominous American dystopia, remained the top film in theaters in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The A24 election-year gamble, the indie studio's biggest budgeted film yet, took in $11.1 million in ticket sales at 3,929 theaters over...

Tram Crash Injures 15 a Universal Studios
Theme Park Tram
Crashes, Injuring 15

Theme Park Tram Crashes, Injuring 15

A problem with the brakes is suspected

(Newser) - A tram taking passengers on a tour of Universal Studios Hollywood crashed on Saturday night, injuring more than a dozen people. Authorities said the last of the tram's four cars hit a rail while moving down a parking structure's incline, the Los Angeles Times reports. "There was...

Civil War Unseats Godzilla x Kong
Civil War Is a Hit,
Topping Forecasts
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Civil War Is a Hit, Topping Forecasts

A24 has the biggest R-rated opening of the year

(Newser) - Alex Garland's provocative Civil War inspired audiences this weekend to go to the cinemas, where it surpassed expectations and earned $25.7 million in ticket sales in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday. It's the biggest R-rated opening of the year to date and a record for...

Monster Mashup Remains King
Godzilla x Kong Had
Nothing to Fear
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Godzilla x Kong Had Nothing to Fear

'Monkey Man' debuts a distant second

(Newser) - Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire easily swatted away a pair of challengers to hold on to the top spot at the box office for the second week, according to studio estimates Sunday. After its $80 million launch , the MonsterVerse mashup brought in $31.7 million over its second weekend,...

Godzilla-Kong Pairing Surprises
Godzilla-Kong Pairing Surprises
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Godzilla-Kong Pairing Surprises

Monster movie has the year's second-biggest opening

(Newser) - The Godzilla-King Kong combo stomped on expectations as Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire roared to an $80 million opening on 3,861 North American screens, according to Sunday studio estimates. The monster mashup from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures starring Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry brought the second-highest...

Olivia Colman: If My Name Was Oliver, I'd Be Richer

'Crown' star slams pay disparity in salty conversation with Christiane Amanpour

(Newser) - Olivia Colman is mad as hell over salary discrimination and she's not going to take it anymore. The Crown actor sat down for a chat Saturday with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, where she ripped into wage disparities in Hollywood, even for an Academy Award-winning performer such as herself, reports...

Audiences Welcome Ghostbusters Back
Ghostbusters Picks Up
Where It Left Off
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Ghostbusters Picks Up Where It Left Off

Sydney Sweeney's 'Immaculate' doesn't do much in debut

(Newser) - Ghost-busting is still a good business. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire collected $45.2 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, handing Sony Pictures the studio's first No. 1 film since last summer. The opening weekend for Frozen Empire, in 4,345 theaters, was nearly exactly...

Real-Life Couple Used an Intimacy Coordinator on Set

There's a crew watching, Ewan McGregor points out

(Newser) - "If you were doing a dance scene, you'd have a choreographer," Ewan McGregor said. So he didn't see the presence of an intimacy coordinator on the set as superfluous when he filmed certain scenes with Mary Elizabeth Winstead—though the two are married. The actor explained...

Dune Can't Topple Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda Edges Dune
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Kung Fu Panda Edges Dune

(Newser) - Kung Fu Panda 4 stayed at the top of the North American box office in its second weekend in theaters. The Universal and DreamWorks Animation movie earned $30 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The franchise featuring the voice of Jack Black is responsible for over $1....

Dune Sequel Rescues Theaters
Dune: Part Two Storms Theaters
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Dune: Part Two Storms Theaters

Sequel is the year's first big hit

(Newser) - Movie theaters were looking for a savior, and Dune: Part Two is delivering on the promise. Armed with sandworms, big-screen spectacle and the star power of Timothée Chalamet, Denis Villeneuve's science fiction epic stormed the North American box office this weekend, earning $81.5 million in ticket sales,...

For Women in Movies, a 'Catastrophic Step Back'
For Women
in Movies, a
'Catastrophic
Step Back'
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For Women in Movies, a 'Catastrophic Step Back'

Less than a third of top-grossing films of 2023 featured a girl or woman in leading or co-lead role

(Newser) - If you're still torqued that Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig got snubbed by the Academy, that's just "the tip of the iceberg," according to a new report by USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The research led by Dr. Stacy L. Smith looked at the 100 top-grossing...

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