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‘Transformers 5’ Box Office: How Far the Bots Have Fallen

The big-budget tentpole opened notably behind the previous installments in the U.S. even while showing signs of life overseas, especially in China. But is the international box office enough to save the franchise? Over the July Fourth holiday in 2007, Transformers morphed into a record-setting blockbuster, amassing $155.4 million in its six-day North American opening. The tentpole, directed by Michael…

TriStar Chief Hannah Minghella on ‘Wonder Woman’ Envy, ‘Baby Driver’ Buzz and Her Late Father’s Legacy

The daughter of Anthony Minghella and president of TriStar opens up about Sony’s hands-off approach (really), new CEO Tony Vinciquerra and how the Trump presidency is affecting her. It’s June 8, and most of Hollywood is watching for­mer FBI Director James Comey testify at a Senate hearing. But TriStar president Hannah Minghella is glued to a WhatsApp group chat with…

‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Firing: New Details Behind Phil Lord, Chris Miller Exit

Matters had already reached a boiling point in mid-June when Phil Lord and Chris Miller, co-directors of the still-untitled young Han Solo movie, were in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon but didn’t start shooting until 1 p.m. That day the two used only three different setups — that is, three variations on camera placement — as opposed to the…

Sad Backstory of Andy’s Father Debunked by Writer

The tragic backstory to 1995’s hit animated movie “Toy Story” that went viral in the last few days is fake. Andrew Stanton, who wrote all three of the “Toy Story” films, has taken to Twitter to debunk the story that explained what happened to Andy’s father. Toy creator and reviewer Mike Mozart claimed to be friends with the late Pixar…

The Last Knight’ Tops Box Office, ‘Wonder Woman’ Sets New Record

The “” franchise may have lost its driving power. The new movie, “”, opens to a franchise low with an estimated $45.3 million in its debut weekend and approximately $69.1 million in its five-day debut in North American box office. While the number is enough to put “Transformers 5” on the top of the weekend’s chart, it is below previous…

SAG-AFTRA Planning to Send Strike Authorization to Members

Negotiations with the AMPTP studios have failed to reach a deal. Also, the union released an independent accountants’ report refuting unrelated claims of wrongdoing. A month of talks between SAG-AFTRA and the studios, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, has failed to produce a deal. Citing “outrageous rollbacks,” the union’s national board on Sunday voted unanimously…

‘Veep’ Season 6 Finale Explained: Selina Runs for President (Showrunner Q&A)

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season six finale of Veep, “Groundbreaking.”] After planting the seeds all season long, Sunday’s finale delivered on a promise made by showrunner David Mandel. Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) finally got the one thing that she wanted: Another chance at the presidency. Thanks to her recognition for freeing Tibet in the penultimate episode, Selina is no…

‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch Upstages Nine Inch Nails With Sprawling Nightmare Sequence

The Showtime revival series comes out with its single most surreal episode yet — and then it gets even weirder. [Warning: this story contains spoilers for the eighth episode of Twin Peaks: The Return.]  Describing the latest episode of the new Twin Peaks feels like an impossible task. Let’s start with the first sequence of the hour, in which Kyle…

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Shows ‘Farewell Tour’ in First Trailer

The fans-favorite members of Barden Bellas are back for one last call in the first “” trailer. In this third and final installment of the franchise, the girls have graduated to the real world but they are struggling to fit so a reunion commences. The girls decide to head overseas and enter a USO competition in Europe where they face…