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Several bidders interested in Regent Square Theater – Pittsburgh Business Times

The theater has been dark since its owner, the Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media, laid off all its employees last month.

The Regent Square Theater has been closed for a few weeks, but there has been plenty of interest in the single-screen cinema.

At least three bidders are interested in buying the theater, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The theater, which opened in Edgewood in the late 1930s, has been owned by the Pittsburgh Filmmakers since the group renovated it in 1999. That organization merged with the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts in 2006.The Regent Square Theater

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‘Frozen 2’ nabs highest-grossing weekend in Thanksgiving history – CNN

New York (CNN Business)Another week, another box office record broken by Disney.

“Frozen 2,” the studio’s sequel to the 2013 animated phenomenon, set the record for the highest-grossing weekend in Thanksgiving history. It made $123.7 million domestically over the five day holiday weekend, breaking the record held by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which made $109 million in 2013.
The film, which continues the adventures of Princess Anna, Queen Elsa and Olaf the snowman, has made $738.6 million globally in just 12 days.
The animated movie broke records when it opened last weekend, pulling in $130 million domestically. That was the highest-grossing debut for Walt Disney Animation Studios. The sequel also set the record for the biggest global opening for an animated film ever, making $358 million worldwide.

Source: ‘Frozen 2’ nabs highest-grossing weekend in Thanksgiving history – CNN

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Point Park grads capture picture-perfect moment with Tom Hanks in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Danette Levers changed her Facebook profile picture at 7:34 a.m. Friday.

There’s a pretty good chance she won’t ever change it again.

She waited for months to upload that photo of her standing next to Tom Hanks. She idolizes the actor. She can recite most of his movie lines from the likes of “Big” and “Forrest Gump.”

Levers finally met Hanks in Pittsburgh. Her best friend Missy Finnell captured the moment in a photo.

Levers wasn’t allowed to upload it until the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” premiered nationwide last week. Hanks plays Pittsburgh’s favorite neighbor, the late Fred Rogers. The connection between Levers and Hanks began when she was 13 years old. Her father had died. She turned to watching Hanks’ films to help her through her grief.

Source: Point Park grads capture picture-perfect moment with Tom Hanks in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

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Netflix thriller ‘Sweet Girl’ starring Jason Momoa will shoot in Pittsburgh this fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The “Aquaman” star plays a widower out for revenge. It is the latest Netflix production to film in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers will be visited by none other than Aquaman himself, actor Jason Momoa, when the Netflix feature thriller, “Sweet Girl” begins shooting this fall.

Momoa, best known for his roles as DC Comics’ underwater hero and as Khal Drogo on “Game of Thrones,” will star as a man out for revenge after his wife is killed. He also is sworn to protect his daughter.

Netflix has built a presence here. The streaming giant created a large set for the 2020 series “I Am Not Okay With This” this past summer in Warrendale, and shot two seasons of its “Mindhunter” drama series around Pittsburgh.

Brian Andrew Mendoza, who makes his directorial debut with “Sweet Girl,” was cinematographer for the 2018 feature film “Braven” and executive produced “Frontier,” a Discovery Canada series for Netflix. Momoa starred in both.

Source: Netflix thriller ‘Sweet Girl’ starring Jason Momoa will shoot in Pittsburgh this fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Out & About: ‘Kecksburg’ movie makes Westmoreland County premiere | TribLIVE.com

Following its Sept. 12 world premiere in Uniontown, “Kecksburg” finally made its Westmoreland County debut.

Westmoreland Historical Society hosted a Sept. 28 showing of the new movie in the Westmoreland History Education Center at Historic Hanna’s Town.

Director/producer Cody Knotts was on hand to introduce his take on the infamous 1965 UFO incident in the tiny Mt. Pleasant Township hamlet.

Knotts said that neither the Uniontown nor the Hanna’s Town screening represented the movie’s final take.

Source: Out & About: ‘Kecksburg’ movie makes Westmoreland County premiere | TribLIVE.com

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‘Joker’ wins Best Film at the Venice Film Festival – CNN

Let’s put a smile on that face: A “Batman” prequel scored big Saturday at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival.

The story follows the life of Arthur Fleck, a failed comedian who faces violence while roaming Gotham City dressed as a clown. Fleck falls into madness as he slowly transforms into the criminal mastermind known as Joker.

Source: ‘Joker’ wins Best Film at the Venice Film Festival – CNN

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‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dead at 79 | Fox News

Actor Peter Fonda, who co-wrote and starred in the seminal 1960s counterculture film “Easy Rider,” has died. He was 79.

Born into Hollywood royalty, Peter carved his own path with his non-conformist tendencies. He earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for co-writing “Easy Rider,” but lost out to William Goldman’s script for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

Nearly three decades later, Fonda snagged a Best Actor nomination for his work in 1997’s “Ulee’s Gold.” He lost out to contemporary Jack Nicholson’s turn in “As Good As It Gets,” but did snag a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Movie for his work in the 1999 Showtime original “The Passion of Ayn Rand.”

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‘Toy Story 4’ Crosses $1 Billion at Global Box Office – Variety

Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office.

The animated fourquel hit $1.001 billion in worldwide ticket sales on Thursday, becoming the fourth Pixar movie ever and fifth Disney movie this year to join the elusive billion-dollar club.

Disney is now the first studio to have five films gross over $1 billion in a single year. In 2019 alone, “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain Marvel,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and now “Toy Story 4” have soared past 10-figures.

Disney beat its own record, previously set in 2016, with four films having reached the billion-dollar mark. The company will release “Frozen 2,” a “Maleficent” sequel and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in the coming months, meaning Disney could continue to elevate that bar.

Source: ‘Toy Story 4’ Crosses $1 Billion at Global Box Office – Variety

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Q&A: Lucie Arnaz reflects on ‘I Love Lucy’ as TV sitcom hits big screen | WTOP

Get ready for TV’s most influential sitcom as Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment present “I Love Lucy: A Colorized Celebration” in theaters nationwide on Tuesday to mark Lucille Ball’s birthday.

It’s your chance to laugh at colorized versions of the beloved sitcom, starring Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. Attendees will receive an “I Love Lucy” poster.

“It’s never been on the big screen,” Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Ball and Desi Arnaz, told WTOP. “My brother and I don’t own ‘I Love Lucy.’ My mother and father sold that show to CBS back in the ’50s. We share in the merchandising rights, which is fun and God knows put my children through college, but because we’re in a nice partnership with CBS, this is all very celebratory. … Any time you can bring in a new generation to appreciate that show, it’s a good thing.”

Source: Q&A: Lucie Arnaz reflects on ‘I Love Lucy’ as TV sitcom hits big screen | WTOP

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Comic-Con 2019: Winners and Losers From Film, TV and Comics Panels | Hollywood Reporter

Limited number of movie panels? No fear, TV has it covered. Box office star Henry Cavill took over Hall H for Netflix’s fantasy drama series The Witcher, while AMC’s The Walking Dead announced leading man Andrew Lincoln would return not on the basic cable network but exclusively in theaters. Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance to drop the Top Gun: Maverick trailer. 

Source: Comic-Con 2019: Winners and Losers From Film, TV and Comics Panels | Hollywood Reporter

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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Trailer Is Star-Studded And Definitely NSFW

Picking up almost 20 years after Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, we see Jason Mewes’ Jay and Kevin Smith’s Silent Bob on the road to Hollywood yet again. And just like that last voyage, they’re on the road to stop the Bluntman and Chronicseries from being befouled by Hollywood’s greedy hands once again.

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WATERFRONT CASTING CALL: Agency plans open casting call at Waterfront comics store | WPXI

HOMESTEAD, Pa. – Think you’ve got the right look for a music video, horror film, or sci-fi drama? A media company in Pittsburgh is holding an open casting call at the Waterfront.

Officials with Sound Spectrum Media said the event will be held at New Dimension Comics at the Waterfront.

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If you’re interested in being an extra or auditioning for the casting call, the event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday the weekend of July 20-21.

Officials with Sound Spectrum Media ask that you bring a copy of your resume and your portfolio when you arrive. Agency officials said the call is open to anyone between the ages of 7 and 60.


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Rip Torn, Actor Known for ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ Dies at 88

Actor Rip Torn also appeared on Broadway, in “Men in Black,” and in cult hits like “The Beastmaster”

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‘Toy Story 4’ tops box office for second week as ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ hits franchise low | Fox News

“Toy Story 4” hung onto the top spot in its second week in theaters and the horror sequel “Annabelle Comes Home” opened in line with expectations, but the Cinderella story of the weekend was actually the third place movie: “Yesterday.”

Source: ‘Toy Story 4’ tops box office for second week as ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ hits franchise low | Fox News

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2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards list of winners | Fox News

A complete list of winners from the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Best movie: “Avengers: Endgame”

Best show: “Game of Thrones”

Best performance in a movie: Lady Gaga (Ally) – “A Star is Born”

Best performance in a show: Elisabeth Moss (June Osborne/Offred) – “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best hero: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) – “Avengers: Endgame”

Best villain: Josh Brolin (Thanos) – “Avengers: Endgame”

Best kiss:  Noah Centineo & Lana Condor (Peter Kavinsky & Lara Jean) – “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

Reality royalty: “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”

Best comedic performance: Daniel Levy (David Rose) – “Schitt’s Creek”

Breakthrough performance: Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky) – “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

Best fight: “Captain Marvel” – Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva

Best real-life hero: Ruth Bader Ginsburg – “RBG”

Most frightened performance:  Sandra Bullock (Malorie) – “Bird Box”

Best documentary:  “Surviving R. Kelly”

Best host: Nick Cannon – “Wild ‘n Out”

Most meme-able moment: “The Bachelor” – Colton Underwood jumps the fence

Best musical moment: A Star is Born – “Shallow”

Source: 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards list of winners | Fox News

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NETFLIX SERIES PITTSBURGH: Extras needed for new Netflix series being filmed in Pittsburgh | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – Extras Casting is looking for people to be in a new Netflix series being filmed in Pittsburgh this summer.

The series, called “I Am Not Okay With This,” is about a teenage girl navigating her way through high school life while dealing with her family, sexuality and mysterious new superpowers.

Casting directors are looking for extras who can portray high school and college age students for multiple days of filming. Extras will also be portraying football teams, fans, basketball players, prom attendees and more.

Filming will take place from early June through August.

For more information, visit www.movieextraspittsburgh.com.


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Legendary comic Tim Conway dead at 85

The venerable actor was best known for his TV work on “McHale’s Navy” and “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Tim Conway, who made generations of Americans laugh on TV shows such as “McHale’s Navy” and “The Carol Burnett Show,” died Tuesday morning, his publicist said.

He was 85.

Conway won multiple Emmy Awards, most recently in 2008 for his role as a guest star on the comedy show “30 Rock” in which he played Bucky Bright, an old, long-forgotten television star.

The actor’s big break in Hollywood came on “McHale’s Navy,” when Conway was cast to play Ensign Charles Parker. He was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy in 1963.

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Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew dies | Nine News Australia – YouTube

Star Wars Fans around the world are mourning the death of actor Peter Mayhem, who played Han Solo’s sidekick Chewbacca in the iconic films.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ posts the first billion-dollar opening in history

Opening weekend box office records are built to fall eventually. But the one ‘Avengers: Endgame’ just set isn’t going anywhere for the forseeable future.

No movie in the U.S. has ever posted an opening weekend higher than $300 million. No movie anywhere has made more than $1 billion worldwide in the five days since it opened.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Sends Box-Office Records Running For Cover : NPR

Nobody is surprised that Avengers: Endgame is a hit, but even by superhero standards, it’s had an enormous debut weekend, both in the U.S. and internationally.

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(variety) – Jack Larson, Jimmy Olsen on ‘Adventures Of Superman’ TV Show, Dies at 87

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Jack Larson, best know for his role as reporter Jimmy Olsen on the first Superman TV show, died Sunday at his home in Brentwood, Calif. He was 87.

Larson played George Reeves’ (Clark Kent/Superman) wide-eyed coworker at The Daily Planet — a role he tried, in vain, to escape throughout his career — on “Adventures of Superman” in the 1950s.

Larson appeared on “Superman” for six seasons, beginning in 1951. The series came to a close following Reeves’ sudden death in 1959.

Larson was also a playwright; his works include 1966’s “The Candied House,” based on “Hansel and Gretel”; “Cherry, Larry, Sandy, Doris, Jean, Paul,” a comedy about being gay; 1968’s “Chuck”; and 1998’s “The Astronaut’s Tale.” Larson wrote librettos for operas, such as Virgil Thomson’s “Lord Byron.”

He produced several films written and/or directed by his longtime partner, James Bridges, who he met on the set of Ethel Barrymore’s final film, “Johnny Trouble,” in 1957. Larson produced “The Baby Maker” (1970), “Mike’s Murder” (1984) and “Perfect” (1985), among Bridges’ other movies, through their production company.

Larson also appeared in the 1991 series “Superboy” as “Old Jimmy Olsen” (an older version of Justin Whalin’s character), in an episode of ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” in 2006.

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(fox news) – Dean Jones, boyish Disney star, dies at 84

FILE – In this May 24, 1966 file photo, actor Dean Jones, poses for a photo while on set for the Warner Bros. film, “Any Wednesday,” in New York. Jones, has died of Parkinson’s Disease at age 84. He passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Los Angeles, publicist Richard Hoffman announced on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File)

Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney’s favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as “That Darn Cat!” and “The Love Bug,” has died of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

He died Monday in Los Angeles, Jones’ publicist Richard Hoffman said Wednesday.

Jones’ long association with The Walt Disney Co. began after he received an unexpected call from Walt Disney himself, who praised his work on the TV show “Ensign O’Toole,” noting it had “some good closing sequences.” Jones, himself a former Navy man, played the title role in the 1962 sitcom.

Jones puzzled over Disney’s remark until it occurred to him that “Ensign O’Toole” preceded Disney’s own Sunday night show on NBC, and he realized Disney probably only watched each episode’s ending.

Two years later, Jones heard from Disney again, calling this time to offer him a role in “That Darn Cat!” opposite ingénue Hayley Mills. His FBI agent Zeke Kelso follows a crime-solving cat that leads him to a pair of bank robbers.

Released in 1965, it would the first of 10 Disney films Jones would make, most of them in the supernatural vein.

“I see something in them that is pure form. Just entertainment. No preaching,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “We’re always looking for social significance but maybe people just like to be entertained.”

“The Love Bug” (1969) was the most successful of the genre, with Jones playing a struggling race-driver who acquires a Volkswagen that wins races for him. The Bug, named Herbie, has hidden human traits, and when it feels unappreciated it disappears. Jones must rescue Herbie from the hands of his nefarious rival and issue the car an apology before it wins the big race for him.

After “The Love Bug,” Jones returned to the stage, winning the lead role of Robert in “Company,” Stephen Sondheim’s now-classic musical about marital angst, Manhattan-style. He withdrew from the 1970 production after a short time, citing family problems, but he is heard on the Grammy-winning Broadway cast album.

He had actually started his career as a singer before going on to appear in a string of mostly forgettable films throughout the 1950s. A notable exception was 1957’s “Jailhouse Rock,” one of Elvis Presley’s best-remembered vehicles, in which Jones had a small role as a disc jockey.

In 1960, Jones made his Broadway debut with Jane Fonda in “There Was a Little Girl,” playing Fonda’s boyfriend in a short-lived drama about the rape of a young woman.

He had better luck on Broadway later in 1960, when he appeared in the hit comedy “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” Sparring with Gig Young, who played a comically wolfish character, Jones had “the right blend of sturdiness and lightness,” The New York Times wrote.

He returned to Hollywood to make the film version of “Under the Yum Yum Tree” and to star in television’s “Ensign O’Toole” from 1962 to 1964. He also reteamed with Fonda for the film version of a racy stage comedy, “Any Wednesday.”

It was in Disney’s gentle family comedies, however, that Jones truly hit his stride. Walt Disney himself died in 1966, but the studio and its style of film lived on.

In “Monkeys, Go Home,” Jones tried to teach four monkeys to pick grapes at a French vineyard he inherited. In “Million Dollar Duck,” he was a scientist with a duck that began laying golden eggs after being doused with radiation.

He returned to the Disney studio in 1977 for one more film, “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.”

Twenty years later, he had smaller parts in the remake of “That Darn Cat” and the TV version of “The Love Bug.”

He worked regularly into his 70s, appearing often on TV and in films. His later credits included “St. John in Exile,” ”Beethoven” and “Other People’s Money.”

In 1969, he was host of a TV variety show, “What’s It All About, World?” But he said delivering jokes, stand-up comedy style, was not really his forte. “My bag is acting or getting into an amusing situation and then sharing my amusement,” he told the Times. “I can sense a situation or a character much better than I can sense a line.”

Dean Carroll Jones left his hometown of Decatur, Alabama, at 15, supporting himself by picking cotton and cutting timber until he landed a job as a singer in a New Orleans nightclub. When the club closed, he returned to Decatur to finish high school.

After studying voice at Asbury University in Kentucky, he spent four years in the Navy. Soon after his release, he was signed by MGM, and it appeared for a time that he was being groomed as a possible successor to James Dean.

Jones married Mae Entwisle, a onetime Miss San Diego, in 1954, and the couple had two daughters, Carol and Deanna. He and his second wife, Lory, had a son, Michael.

Over the course of his career, he’d appear in 46 films and five Broadway shows. In 1995, Jones was honored by his longtime employers with a spot in the Disney Legends Hall of Fame.

Besides Lory, his wife of 42 years, and his children, Jones is survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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(Entertain This!) – James Bond’s life shaken and stirred in ‘Spectre’ trailer | 

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James Bond is in a whole heap of globe-trotting trouble again in the new trailer for the 24th 007 film Spectre (out Nov. 6), and he’s even rethinking his career as a secret agent. GASP! Starting in Mexico City — with Daniel Craig’s superspy looking cool in a Day of the Dead mask — and venturing throughout the globe, the movie puts Bond in big-time car chases against new foes such as Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista) and in the arms of new love interests such as Italian widow Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) and Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), an old arch-enemy’s daughter and a romantic entanglement with whom Bond has a heart-to-heart.

“Is this really what you want, living in the shadows? Hunting, being hunted, always alone?” she asks him. His cool-as-a-cucumber reply? “I don’t stop to think about it.” (MIC. DROP.)

Old-school Bond fans will salivate over the confirmation of the return of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the nefarious organization that appeared in the 1960s 007 films. This time around, the secret agent seems to have a mysterious connection to this new world order, plus there’s the villainous Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) outing himself as the “author” of all his pain. (MIC. DROP. AGAIN.) Just give him a cat and call him Blofeld already.

Also of note: Ralph Fiennes’ M getting really irked at Bond going rogue, lots of explosions, Andrew Scott (the excellent Moriarty of Sherlock) looking somewhat diabolical as a political foil for MI-6, and, yes, Bond still finding time to make out with the ladies.

>007 looks good even in a Day of the Dead mask.
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(Reuters) – Box Office: ‘Minions’ Dominates With $115.2 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Minions’ Dominates With $115.2 Million DebutBY BRENT LANGLOS ANGELES, July 12, (Variety.com) – “Minions” ruled the weekend box office, racking up a massive $115.2 million in North America, for the second biggest animated film opening in history.The Universal and Illumination Entertainment spin-off to “Despicable Me” just missed the domestic record set by “Shrek the Third’s” $121.6 million kickoff in 2007, while continuing animation maestro Chris Meledandri’s hot streak at the multiplexes. What makes Meledandri so valuable to studios is that he keeps budgets low. “Minions” cost $74 million to produce, a modest number considering that Pixar and DreamWorks Animation routinely spend north of $100 million on their animated features.The studio left nothing to chance when it came to reminding moviegoers why the loved the nattering, mischievous, highlighter-hued critters. Universal partnered with the likes of Snapchat, McDonald’s, and Amazon to deliver nearly $600 million in publicity and promotions, according to a recent article by Bloomberg. The titular characters were ubiquitous popping up on everything from Twinkies to Chiquita bananas.”With anything that opens to over $100 million, you breach all demographics,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “The Minions are the stars of the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise…kids love them, teens love them, and adults love them.””Minions” also enjoyed a sprawling rollout, debuting in 4,301 theaters. In recent months, there’s been a lot of celebrating taking place on the Universal lot. The studio is the leader in market share thanks to hits like “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and has two films that have crossed $1 billion at the global box office with “Furious 7” and “Jurassic World.””Minions” was such a behemoth that two newcomers, “Self/Less” and “The Gallows,” risked getting washed away. Of them, “The Gallows” fared better, picking up $10 million, across 2,720 locations. The Warner Bros. found footage chiller cost less than $2 million to make, so it could be profitable. Entertainment 360 and Blumhouse Productions backed the picture about a high school play gone terribly, terribly wrong…and not in that teenagers putting on “The Crucible” kind of way.Warner Bros. executives say the film is a modestly priced single, but was an important showcase for writers and directors Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing.”We’re cultivating young filmmakers and giving them a chance to grow and prosper,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “These are really sharp guys, who have a long career in front of them.”Focus Features’ “Self/Less” was not so fortunate, picking up roughly $5.4 million from 1,953 locations. The science-fiction thriller about a radical medical procedure is the latest film fumble for Ryan Reynolds, who is still laboring to get out from under the massive flops that were “The Green Lantern” and “R.I.P.D.” The good news for the actor is that a trailer for “Deadpool,” his upcoming R-rated comic book adaptation, rocked the Comic-Con crowd. Box office redemption may be nigh.”Self/Less” was produced for $26 million, but the blow is softened in part by foreign pre-sales that limited Focus’ and co-backer Endgame’s financial exposure.”Minions” also took a chunk out of some of the turbo-charged blockbusters still kicking around cinemas. “Jurassic World” slid 54% to $18.1 million, bringing its stateside haul to $590.6 million, while “Inside Out” dipped 43% to $17.1 million, pushing its domestic total to $283.6 million.Overall ticket sales were robust, improving nearly 40% over the year-ago period when “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” kicked off with $72.6 million.

Source: Box Office: ‘Minions’ Dominates With $115.2 Million Debut | Reuters

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(CNN) – Legendary actor Omar Sharif dies at 83

(CNN)Omar Sharif, the dashing actor whose career included star turns in “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago,” died Friday. He was 83.

The Egyptian-born actor suffered a heart attack this afternoon in Cairo, according to his agent, Steve Kenis. Egyptian state media report that Sharif had been in the hospital for a month.

Antonio Banderas, who starred with Sharif in 1999’s “The 13th Warrior,” expressed his sorrow on Twitter.

“My great friend Omar Sharif has passed away. I will always miss him. He was one of the best,” Banderas posted.

In his prime, Sharif — with his dark eyes, debonair demeanor and exotic accent — was considered one of the most handsome men on the planet, his looks getting as much attention as his acting ability.

“When he walked on the ‘Zhivago’ set in Spain, I took one look and said, ‘I can’t act with that man. He’s too gorgeous!’ ” one of his “Zhivago” co-stars, Geraldine Chaplin, told The New York Times in 1965.

In the ’90s, he had both a perfume and a brand of cigarettes named after him.

But he could also be a formidable actor, earning an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in “Lawrence of Arabia” and winning Golden Globes for it and “Zhivago.”

Sharif was already an established star in the Middle East when he was cast in the role as Sherif Ali Ibn El Karish in director David Lean’s epic 1962 production of “Arabia.” The film, which was also the movie debut of Peter O’Toole, won seven Oscars, including best picture, and is still considered one of the greatest of all time.

It made Sharif a worldwide name, about which he had mixed feelings, he said in 1995.

“I don’t know if I wouldn’t have been a happier person if I had never even made ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ or become internationally famous,” he said. “I was in Egypt. I had a home. I had a wife. I had a kid. I might have had more. It might have been good. But then again, it might have been terrible, I don’t know.”

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Sharif was born Michael Demitri Shalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt, on April 10, 1932. He grew up in Cairo, the son of a lumber merchant.

He wanted to be an actor from a young age and performed in theatrical productions as a teenager. In his early 20s, he was cast in an Egyptian film opposite actress Faten Hamama. The 1954 film, whose Arabic title translates to “Struggle in the Valley,” made him a star; the next year, Hamama became his wife. The two were married until 1974.

In a 2007 interview with CNN, he remembered a thriving industry.

“When I started in the Egyptian film industry, we used to produce about 120 films a year,” he recalled. “All the Arab(ic)-speaking films came from Egypt. We were the Hollywood of the Middle East.”

In the early ’60s, Lean cast him in “Lawrence.” Originally, Sharif had a different role, but when Lean was unable to get his other choices — including Horst Buchholz and Alain Delon — Sharif won the part of Sherif Ali. His slow-building entrance, from a far-off dot in the desert distance in Lean’s widescreen masterpiece, is one of the most arresting in cinema.

Lean could be difficult, Sharif said, but the pair got along fine.

“He hated actors, but he loved me. I don’t know why, because I didn’t know myself what I was going to do, and the first shot I had to make, I spent the whole night to practice it for the next day — my first shot in the film. And he knew about this, and he loved me for it,” he told NPR in 2012.

Lean cast Sharif again in his next epic, 1965’s “Doctor Zhivago.” This time he had the lead, as an altruistic Russian physician who romances a wife (Chaplin) and a lover (Julie Christie) before and after the Russian Revolution.

“Sharif, largely through expressions of indignation, compassion and tenderness, makes the character very believable,” wrote Variety’s A.D. Murphy.

The film was an even bigger hit than “Arabia,” making more than $100 million at the box office — at a time when that was an almost unbelievable sum — and finishing second to “The Sound of Music” for the year. Though nominated for 10 Academy Awards, it was also an also-ran to “Music” for best picture.

Moving to bridge
However, Sharif, now one of the biggest stars in the world, had just one more notable hit: 1968’s “Funny Girl,” opposite Barbra Streisand. The film brought him some woe; his films were banned in Egypt because of his onscreen relationship with Streisand, a Jewish woman.

As the ’60s turned into the ’70s, he had started growing indifferent to acting. Though there were some good turns — 1974’s “The Tamarind Seed” and 1975’s “Funny Lady” both did respectably — others were outright bombs.

One film, 1969’s “Che!” in which he played Che Guevara, was named as one of the “50 Worst Films of All Time” in a 1977 book. He also appeared in 1980’s “Oh Heavenly Dog” and 1981’s “Inchon.”

“Only bad films since 1972, (197)3. I’m thinking of really bad,” he told the UK’s Guardian. “To learn bad dialogue is so difficult and so boring, and to work with a stupid director who tells you to do the wrong thing, et cetera, it’s just unbearable.”

He admitted that, by then, he was putting more interest into his other passion: the card game bridge, at which he was an expert player. He wrote a regular column, wrote books and hosted a computer video about the game.

“I refused in my life many films because they happened at the same time as an important tournament,” he told the Guardian. Not that he was always happy with that choice, calling it “stupid.”

He still popped up in occasional productions. He was in the parody “Top Secret!” created by the “Airplane!” team and appeared as the Sorcerer in a production of “Gulliver’s Travels.”

He won a Cesar — the French Oscar — for 2003’s “Monsieur Ibrahim,” a French film about a Muslim who becomes friends with a young Jew.

“I thought it was the right moment to make it, to make a little statement about loving each other and being able to live with each other,” he told the Guardian.

His life wasn’t the romantic lark his image suggested. He acknowledged some issues with gambling — the Guardian noted that he lost £200,000 in one 2003 experience that concluded with Sharif head-butting a police officer — and told Guernica magazine in 1996 that he lived a “sedate” life.

“I don’t go out a lot,” he said. “I’ve always done it. I’ve never had a riotous-living sort of life.”

Romantic? That’s what he aspired to, he said.

“It’s a beautiful word,” he said. “I like it. I think probably I’m sentimental, which is not a beautiful word, but I want to graduate to being romantic.”

Sharif is survived by a son, Tarek, and two grandchildren. He acknowledged a second son out of wedlock in various interviews.

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