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  • Canada Nov 24, 2019

    ‘Frozen 2’ Heats Up Box Office With $127M Opening Weekend

    Six years after “Frozen” kicked up a pop-culture blizzard, the sequel to Elsa, Anna and Olaf’s adventures snowed-in the box office with an estimated $127 million debut domestically and $350.2 million worldwide, according to studio estimates Sunday. The opening for the Walt Disney Co.’s “Frozen 2” buried several records. It’s the highest-grossing debut ever for any animated film globally. It...

  • President Nov 20, 2019

    Hollywood Exec Suggested Julia Roberts Play Harriet Tubman, Biopic Screenwriter Says

    A Hollywood executive wanted Julia Roberts to portray Harriet Tubman in the leading abolitionist’s biopic, the screenwriter of the new film “Harriet” said. After studying Tubman’s life in college, where she helped lead enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad, screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard was determined to adapt Tubman’s story into a feature film, he told Focus Features, the...

  • disney Nov 12, 2019

    Disney Plus Suffers Technical Errors on Launch Day as Company Joins Streaming Fray

    Disney’s brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success. The $7-a-month service offering an array of Disney classics and new shows suffered some technical difficulties hours after launching at 3 a.m. E.T. on Tuesday. Users began reporting issues with the service on Twitter early Tuesday morning.

  • China Nov 3, 2019

    ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Is No. 1, But It’s No Winner

    It might be judgment day for the Terminator franchise. Despite generally favorable reviews and the return of star Linda Hamilton and producer James Cameron, “Terminator: Dark Fate” has opened well below expectations at the box office. Studios on Sunday estimate that “Dark Fate” earned only $29 million from over 4,000 North American locations. The film from Paramount Pictures cost a...

  • China Sep 29, 2019

    ‘Abominable’ No. 1 With $20.9M; Zellweger’s ‘Judy’ Sings Out

    The DreamWorks animated adventure “Abominable” topped the box office with $20.9 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, while the Renee Zellweger-led Judy Garland tale “Judy” got off to a strong start. “Abominable,” the weekend’s sole new wide release, is a co-production between Universal’s DreamWorks and the Shanghai-based Pearl Studios. So the $75 million-film’s performance...

  • King Sep 22, 2019

    ‘Downton Abbey’ Overpowers Brad Pitt, Rambo at Box Office

    Raise your tea cups! The big-screen encore of “Downton Abbey” handily (but very politely) thumped both Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra” and Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo: Last Blood” in theaters over the weekend in one of the more unlikely box-office upsets. “Downton Abbey” debuted with $31 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, royally trumping the $19.2 million-opening for “Ad...

  • driver Apr 29, 2019

    2019 Summer Movie Preview: Sequels Galore, But Original Gems Too

    Pass the popcorn, the summer movie season is here and all the spectacle and air-conditioned respite it offers audiences. Summer at the movies has long been synonymous with blockbusters and franchises that are easy to spend a few hours with. For the most part, 2019 is no different.

  • driver Aug 17, 2018

    In a Comeback Season for Hollywood, a Summer Without Bombs

    Have you noticed something oddly tranquil about this summer movie season? For the first time in recent memory, there hasn’t been one major bomb.

  • United States Jul 13, 2018

    ’Downton Abbey’ Movie to Shoot This Summer

    Focus Features said Friday that it will this summer begin production on a “Downton” film that will reunite the Crawley family on the big screen. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce.

  • DONALD TRUMP May 15, 2018

    In Cannes, Spike Lee Lambasts Trump Over White Supremacists

    In a passionate, expletive-ridden monologue at the Cannes Film Festival, director Spike Lee lambasted Donald Trump for the U.S. president’s response to last year’s violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Las Vegas Feb 20, 2018

    Fred Rogers, America’s Favorite Neighbor, Celebrated in 2018

    It’s been 50 years since Fred Rogers first appeared on TV screens, a gentle and avuncular man who warbled “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” as he changed into a cardigan and sneakers. The low-key, low-tech “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” presented Rogers as one adult in a busy world who always had time to listen to children. That legacy burns for many...

  • China Jun 1, 2012

    Katherine Schwarzenegger Cried At Dad Arnold’s ‘Terminator’

    The biggest wildfire in New Mexico state history, roughly the size of New York City, is raging out of control in Gila National Forest and could burn for weeks, experts say.

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