‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ dunks on ‘Black Widow’ with $31.7 million debut

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Space Jam: A New Legacy, the follow-up to Warner Bros. 1996 live action-CGI feature Space Jam, pulled off a major upset over the weekend, stealing first place from Black Widow at the box office with an estimated $31.7 million weekend — $10 million more than projected.  It marked the biggest opening for a kids-targeted film since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Families can also watch the movie, starring NBA legend LeBron James, on the HBO Max streaming service.

Marvel’s Black Widow, meanwhile, fell to second place with an estimated $26.5 million — a sharp drop from its record-breaking $80 million debut a week ago.  So far, the film has delivered $132 million stateside and $100.7 million overseas for a worldwide total of $232.7 million.  Black Widow is also available on Disney+ for a $30 surcharge.

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Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, the sequel to the 2019 thriller Escape Room, pulled in an estimated $8.8 million domestically in its opening weekend.

Fourth place belongs to F9: The Fast Saga, which earned $7.6 million in its fourth weekend in U.S, theaters. Its U.S. total now stands at $154.8 million.  Internationally, where it debuted earlier than it did in the U.S., F9 has racked up $436.4 million — bringing its worldwide gross to $591.3 million.

Rounding out the top five is The Boss Baby: Family Business, the animated follow-up to 2017’s The Boss Baby, which delivered an estimated $4.7 million in its third week of release.

Elsewhere, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, a documentary about the life and death of the chef and travel show host, who died by suicide in 2018, debuted in eighth place with an estimated $1.9 million — the best opening for an independent film in 2021. 

Pig, the thriller starring Nicolas Cage, premiered to an estimated $945,000 from 552 theaters.

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Patrick Fugit shares the fond memories he has about filming ‘Almost Famous’

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Last year’s celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical landmark film Almost Famous were toned down because of the pandemic.  In celebration of the milestone, star Patrick Fugit took ABC Audio on a walk down memory lane.

Fugit recalled working alongside a bevy of A-listers when he scored his breakout role as Rolling Stone journalist  William Miller going out on tour in the 70s with “Stillwater.”

Fugit adds he was only 16 when he was offered the role and recalled what it was like filming alongside powerhouse acts like Philip Seymour HoffmanBilly Crudup and Frances McDormand.

“Frances would give more like sagely advice you know, and sort of be there with me and pass to me the things that she had learned over time,” the 38-year-old actor reminisced. “Billy was straight-up hostile towards me. He’d be like ‘Where the hell are you from again?’ I’d be like ‘Salt Lake City, Utah.’ And he’s like ‘How old are you?’ I’d be like ‘Sixteen’ and he’s like ‘God.'”

When it came to working alongside Crowe, Fugit said the director helped immerse him into the sounds of the era.

Fugit said Crowe burned him “a bunch of mix CD’s that he had put together that were sort of tonal” so he knew what emotion to convey during certain scenes. 

The actor also reminisced about one the film’s most beloved sequences — the sing along to Elton John‘s “Tiny Dancer.”

Although it took “over two, maybe even three days” to complete, the actor said, overall, filming that scene while maintaining that level of energy, “was amazing.” 

To mark Almost Famous‘ 20th anniversary, Paramount released a newly remastered version of the movie on Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD.

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‘Sex and the City’ sequel series has already spawned a viral fashion Instagram page

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The cameras just started rolling in New York City on the Sex and the City sequel series And Just Like That…, but the fashions worn by its cast members on and off the set have already spawned a viral Instagram page called @AndJustLikeThatCloset.

The brainchild of a 23-year-old fashion student from Ukraine named Victoria Bazalinchuk, the feed focuses on the fashions the cast members are seen wearing, and adds information about where to buy those same looks.

And just like that, the page has started getting noticed by the show’s stars.

“The first to notice my account was Sarah Jessica Parker,” Bazalinchuk tells the New York Post.  Parker, of course, plays the series’ fashion icon, Carrie Bradshaw.

“She watched my stories and replied to one of them. Then Willie Garson reposted my post, as well as Nicole Ari Parker, who also followed me,” Bazalinchuk added. “All of them, including Kristin Davis, occasionally watch my stories.”

The popularity of the fashion in the original Sex and the City — which put the words “Jimmy Choo” into the mouths of millions — inspired the sharp-eyed student. 

“I knew there is a rush around SATC fashion, and this time I didn’t want to make people wait because by the time the show airs, most of the clothes will be sold out, and I know how upsetting that might be,” Bazalinchuk tells the paper.

“Knowing [a] brand’s DNA and having basic knowledge in fashion helps a lot, and some brands have reached out to me with the products they sent to the costume design team,” she explains. 

She explains that her nearly 18-thousand-and-growing followers are also sharing information, and act as detectives to deconstruct the clothing if she draws a blank.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh to produce ‘Island Queen’ film; ‘The Wonder Years, Queens’ get premiere dates; & more

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Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh is stepping behind the camera for her next big project.

According to Deadline, Andoah is set executive-produce a film adaption of Vanessa Riley’s recent novel Island Queen. The book was optioned by acclaimed film and television director Julie Anne Robinson via her U.K.-based production company, Longboat Pictures. Like the book, Island Queen will be based on the true story of Dorothy “Doll” Kirwan Thomas, a woman who was born enslaved but bought her freedom, and became one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the early 1800s Caribbean. Casting details have yet to be announced.

In other news, the premiere dates for ABC’s new series The Wonder Years and Queens have been unveiled. The Wonder Years, featuring Don Cheadle as the narrator, will air Wednesday, September 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Unlike the original a reboot of the 1980s-early 1990s ABC family comedy, which followed Fred Savage, the new Wonder Years focuses on a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama during the 1960s. Meanwhile Queens, which stars BrandyEveNaturi Naughton, and Nadine Velazquez as original members of the popular rap group Nasty [Women], will premiere Tuesday, October 19 at 10:01 p.m. ET.

Finally, OWN will premiere a two-part The Haves and the Have Nots cast reunion special on Tuesday, July 27 and Tuesday, August 3 at 8 p.m. ET. The special comes as the cast says goodbye to the series after eight seasons. Filmed in front of a live audience, the reunion will recap “all of the greatest moments, iconic scenes, and tumultuous relationships of OWN’s beloved number-one drama series.” Hosted by Egypt SherrodThe Haves and the Have Nots cast reunion includes Tika SumpterAngela RobinsonCrystal FoxRenée Lawless and Tyler Lepley, among others.

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‘Jackass’ star Sean McInerney emotionally recalls shark attack

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Jackass star Sean “Poopies” McInerney was attacked by a shark while filming a special for Discovery’s “Shark Week,” and now he’s nursing both physical and emotional scars.

McInerney was attempting a wakeboard jump over shark-infested waters and came dangerously close to death, something he emotionally recalled in a graphic video posted to his YouTube channel.

“There was like 10 sharks around me and…I was trying to swim out and I couldn’t,” the daredevil tearfully recalled. “I knew I got bit and I was gonna get attacked by about six more sharks, and luckily I didn’t. I just got my hand bitten.”

“Scariest thing in my life,” he adds, noting that he truly thought he was going to die.

Luckily, a nearby safety medic risked his own life and jumped on McInerney, pulling the surfer and TV star to safety. 

The media personality says he’s thankful he only suffered one bite, but admitted it was a “gnarly” hand injury.

According to Jackass‘ Steve-O, McInerney was immediately taken into surgery so medics could “reattach two completely severed arteries and all of his severed tendons.”

Steve-O also assessed McInerney’s injury in comparison to all the injuries collectively suffered by the entire Jackass crew over the years, and declared that his was “the gnarliest.”  

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‘Jackass’ star Sean McInerney emotionally recalls shark attack

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Jackass star Sean “Poopies” McInerney was attacked by a shark while filming a special for Discovery’s “Shark Week,” and now he’s nursing both physical and emotional scars.

McInerney was attempting a wakeboard jump over shark-infested waters and came dangerously close to death, something he emotionally recalled in a graphic video posted to his YouTube channel.

“There was like 10 sharks around me and…I was trying to swim out and I couldn’t,” the daredevil tearfully recalled. “I knew I got bit and I was gonna get attacked by about six more sharks, and luckily I didn’t. I just got my hand bitten.”

“Scariest thing in my life,” he adds, noting that he truly thought he was going to die.

Luckily, a nearby safety medic risked his own life and jumped on McInerney, pulling the surfer and TV star to safety. 

The media personality says he’s thankful he only suffered one bite, but admitted it was a “gnarly” hand injury.

According to Jackass‘ Steve-O, McInerney was immediately taken into surgery so medics could “reattach two completely severed arteries and all of his severed tendons.”

Steve-O also assessed McInerney’s injury in comparison to all the injuries collectively suffered by the entire Jackass crew over the years, and declared that his was “the gnarliest.”  

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Harvey Guillén makes his “childhood dream” come true with new role on ‘Mickey Mouse Funhouse’

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Harvey Guillén cavorts with vampires in the FX series What We Do in the Shadows, but now he’s hanging with a more wholesome cast of characters as part of the new Disney Junior animated series Mickey Mouse Funhouse.

Guillén voices Funny the Funhouse, an enchanted playhouse that magically takes Mickey and friends on all kinds of adventures. The self-proclaimed Disney fan calls the role a dream come true.

“I still can’t put [it] into words,” he tells ABC Audio. “[This] was my childhood dream. If I would have gone back in time and told five-year-old me, like, ‘You’re going to be a Funhouse in Mickey Mouse’s Funhouse,’ I would have not believed myself.”

Guillén hopes the series will bring that same feeling to a new generation of little ones.

“It’s a really lovely story, just the idea that, you know, we don’t know what every day has for us, but what we can do is that we can rely on our imagination,” Guillén says. “So whatever our circumstance is, you could be in your house and your house can become a spaceship. Your house can become a castle.”

He continues, “I love the idea that we’re introducing…that world to kids where we don’t need to get on a plane and go on an adventure, we can stay in our backyard and it becomes a fantasy world.”

Mickey Mouse Funhouse debuts with a primetime special “Mickey the Brave!” on Disney Junior at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT tonight, followed by the series premiere on Friday, August 20 on both Disney Channel and Disney Junior at 8 a.m. ET/PT.

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Bill Murray reportedly signs onto ninth film directed by Wes Anderson

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While the mercurial funnyman is legendarily hard to reach in Hollywood, it’s pretty clear director Wes Anderson has Bill Murray‘s number, creatively speaking.

 Murray has reportedly agreed to star in Anderson’s next project, an as-yet-untitled film set in Spain, Variety reports. Another frequent Anderson collaborator, Tilda Swinton, has also signed on. 

The trio recently collaborated on The French Dispatch, which they promoted at the Cannes Film Festival. 

The new project is the ninth between Anderson and Murray, who has appeared in the director’s films starting with 1998’s Rushmore, and including The Royal TenenbaumsThe Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,  Fantastic Mr. FoxThe Darjeeling LimitedMoonrise KingdomIsle of Dogs, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Murray is notoriously choosy in his career, employing a 1-800 number for people to call and record job offers to him, rather than using an agent or manager.

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Meet the new characters in the ‘Sex and the City’ revival ‘And Just Like That …’

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Sarah Jessica Parker, reprising her iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw from the original HBO series, revealed Thursday that Nicole Ari ParkerSarita Choudhury and Karen Pittman have joined the cast of HBO Max’s upcoming 10-episode Sex and the City revival, titled And Just Like That

“And finally!!!!” Parker wrote in an Instagram post. “THRILLED to welcome @therealsararamirez, @NicoleAriParker, Karen Pittman? and Sarita Choudhury to #AndJustLikeThat.”

“Can’t wait to work with these brilliant actors who bring so much talent, humor and excitement to our ensemble,” she added.

According to HBO Max, Parker will play Lisa Todd Wexley, a “Park Avenue mother of three and documentarian.” Choudhury is playing Seema Patel, a “single, self-made powerhouse Manhattan real estate broker,” and Pittman will appear as Dr. Nya Wallace, a “brilliant, challenging Columbia Law professor.”

“Everyone at And Just Like That … is thrilled to have these amazing and vibrant actors join the Sex and the City family,” executive producer Michael Patrick King said in a statement.

It was announced in May that Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramírez would be joining the cast of the revival to play Che Diaz, a non-binary, queer comedian and podcast host.

As previously reported, Carrie’s besties Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York Goldblatt are back, played respectively by co-executive producers Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.

Other returning SaTC cast members include Chris Noth as Mr. Big, Mario Cantone as Anthony Marentino, David Eigenberg as Steve Brady, Willie Garson as Stanford Blatch, and Evan Handler as Harry Goldenblatt.

Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the original HBO series, is not returning, and her character will not be replaced, though no one has publicly specified how that’ll be handled on the show.

 

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