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China Powers ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ to $196.2 Million Opening at International Box Office

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The latest “Transformers” movie is seeing the lowest domestic opening in franchise history, but overseas numbers tell a different story. “Transformers: The Last Knight” from Paramount and Hasbro is projected to earn $196.2 million by Sunday from 41 international markets. That, combined with the domestic take of $69.1 million, would put the film’s global opening… Read more »

The Unbearable Rightness of Daniel Day-Lewis Retiring (Even if He Doesn’t Keep to It)

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When Daniel Day-Lewis, the greatest screen actor of his generation, announced this week that he would be retiring from acting, I had the same initial thought that, I assume, most everyone else did. After a few befuddled seconds of “Why?” I prayed that his announcement wasn’t the euphemism for a health crisis. Once I decided that… Read more »

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer Teases End of Trilogy (Watch)

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The first trailer for “Pitch Perfect 3” has been released, offering possible plot points for the final film in the a cappella trilogy. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, and the rest of the now-graduated Barden Bellas will face off against Ruby Rose in the musical movie. Trish Sie is directing based off… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Opens to Franchise Low $69.1 Million

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It seems the “Transformers” franchise is rusty. As of Sunday morning, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment in the series directed by Michael Bay, looks to bring in $69.1 million from 4,069 domestic locations during its five-day opening weekend. That’s a franchise low for the sequel from Paramount and Hasbro, behind the first in the… Read more »

‘Pedicab’ Wins Best Film Award at Shanghai Festival

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“Pedicab,” directed by Paolo Villaluna from the Philippines, was Sunday named as the winner of the Golden Goblet trophy for best film at the Shanghai International Film Festival. The film follows an unusual collection of folk making a journey from Manila to their perceived paradise. Without the finance to pay for transport they decide to… Read more »

Notorious B.I.G. Honored by ASCAP on 20th Anniversary Year of His Death

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The late Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace was honored with the ASCAP Founders Award at performance rights organization’s Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday (June 22). The year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual ceremony and the 20th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.’s March 9, 1997 murder. Faith Evans, the rapper’s widow,… Read more »

Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President

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Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Paris Barclay. Schlamme was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles. Barclay announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third… Read more »

Dan Harmon Reassures ‘Rick and Morty’ Fans That Season 3 Is Happening

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“Rick and Morty” co-creator Dan Harmon went on a positive Twitter rant over the weekend reassuring fans that behind-the-scenes issues are not to blame for the prolonged absence of Season 3. Harmon also confirmed that he and fellow co-creator Justin Roiland are not feuding over the Adult Swim animated comedy, contrary to reports. Early Saturday… Read more »

‘Playing House’s’ Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham on Why Season 3 is the ‘Most Important’ Work They’ve Ever Done

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Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the entire third season of “Playing House,” available now on the USA App and VOD. Midway through “Playing House’s” third season, Jessica St. Clair‘s Emma gets diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a story ripped from the headlines of St. Clair’s own life, who received her diagnosis… Read more »